Cunning: (adj) skill employed in a shrewd or sly manner, as in deceiving; craftiness; guile
Cunt: (n) the female vagina
If you didn’t know for a fact that the dictionary was put together by Noah Webster, not Nora Webster, you can certainly figure it out by some of the subtle definitions that sneak in to establish manly superiority.
Right after we have the pleasure of defining “cunnilingus,” we are reminded that “cunning” is associated with the female of our species. I suppose we might call a military general or a male spy “cunning,” but normally, we attribute that crafty, nearly sinister plotting, to women.
And if that’s not enough, the dictionary then incudes the insulting, debasing and ignorant use of the word “cunt.”
There is little in our society that we are as openly hypocritical about than alleged equality between the sexes.
Even those who insist that women should receive equal pay for equal work are not certain that women can deliver the promise.
Complicating the matter is that women often fall back on cunning. So bad boys call them cunts.
Sooner or later, the genders will have to admit that the games that are played in attempting to gain control steal the possibility of an honest appraisal and appreciation for one another.
So rather than offering this criticism, let me instead make a suggestion to men:
Search out the chauvinism in your life instead of pretending it’s not there.
And when it rises to the top because it thinks it’s cream, call it out yourself. Astound the room with the revelation that you are prepared to change—even if you have to monitor your own conscience.
Likewise, if you are a female, you may want to be on guard about the scheming and deceiving that you privately laugh about with your friends, which makes it nearly impossible to take your cosmetic approach to life at face value.
I am so determined to avoid gender bashing that I am prepared to look and listen when people tell me that I’ve crossed a line.
Likewise I call up my sisters to cease ducking into the shadows when it seems more advantageous to appear weak.