I hope invisibleman doesn't mind me quoting him but I just saw this blog comment and it sparked a thought: I get what he's saying and I'm not having a go at invisi at all. He certainly is far from being the only one who'd use a scale like that. But I'm curious as to why 'cunt' is the ultimate insult? For a man or a woman? Firstly, do you agree with that? Do you use cunt as the worse possible thing you can call someone? If so, why? Is it worse for a man or a woman to be called a cunt? (There's a cultural Nth American / European difference there that I'm already aware of.) I use the word cunt quite a lot - mostly I use it to refer to my vagina - or to other women's vaginas. Sometimes I use it as an insult, but that's much rarer because the thing is, you see, I like my cunt. I like cunts generally. I think they are good things. I know there are a lot of cunt fans here - so why is cunt such a bad word? Most people will agree that being called a 'prick' isn't nearly as bad as being called a 'cunt'. Why? Are male genitalia nicer than female genitalia? Surely the answer to that question is relative to the respondent and should vary for each of us. Your ideas please, women and men of LPSG - what is it that has led us to view an allusion to the vagina as so much worse than an allusion to the penis? NB: I know there are quite a lot of gay men (not all, but a significant number) out there who dislike vaginas and think they are yucky. Would those men please be so kind as to refrain from posting 'eeeeyooo, nasty, fishy, yucky, I'm going to hurl at the very thought' type posts. You are entitled to your opinions, far be it from me to shove my cunt down your throats :tongue:, but I somehow doubt that a male homosexual aversion to the vagina is the root cause of the subject I am posting on. Thanks for understanding.