The Yanomamo equivalent of Eve was a woman whose vagina "became a toothed mouth and bit off her consort's penis" Barbara G Walker, This situation, which Brian McNair terms "The sexualization of the public sphere"predominantly involves images of women, appealing to heterosexual male desires at the expense of heterosexual female ones. The hardest word of them all" Social taboos originally related to religion and ritual, and Philip Thody contrasts our contemporary bodily taboos with the ritual taboos of tribal cultures: As we shall see later, not only is 'cunt' a taboo in America, but discussion of this taboo is also a taboo in itself. Also from 'cunnus' is 'cundy', which means 'underground water channel' and is slang for 'vaginal fluid', a vaginal metaphor in the manner of 'cwm'. The White Knife clan of the Shoshone Indians "believed that a glimpse of the female genitals would result in blindness and disease" Jelto Drenth,
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Germaine Greer - who instigated the cunt-power movement, of which more later - wrote I Am A Whorein which she consciously identified herself with the word 'whore', attempting to show that it can be positive rather than negative: Is your vag repulsive? Mrs Roberts didn't like him, but that's 'cos she's a Hoffman was ridiculed by the press, not least because the name of her university is commonly abbreviated to 'CU': The clinical sterility of tampon advertising, for example, paradoxically demonstrates a profound disgust for the vagina: FCUK and Cnut are both tabooed words with their respective middle letters reversed, the difference being that FCUK was a deliberate reference to 'fuck' whereas Cnut was an accidental reference to 'cunt'. Euphemistically, 'coin' means 'conceive', and 'coiner' can refer to a man who impregnates a woman, thus the word has a demonstrably sexual, if not explicitly genital, connection.