Sarah Terry
December 08, 2016 6:18 pm
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Throughout the recent election cycle, a lot of unpleasant things were said. But probably the most unpleasant was the video of Donald Trump telling Billy Bush that he liked to, “grab them by the pussy.” Them being women. Now that Trump is president, what do we do with the word “pussy” in the post-election world?

Since the Donald Trump recording was released in October, pretty much every news anchor has said or referred to the word “pussy” on the air. We can’t imagine that was a common vocabulary word in the news media before then. But now that’ the cat’s out of the bag, so to speak, what does this word mean to us?

The Hollywood Reporter asked some hilarious female writers what they thought about the word “pussy.” Their answers make us totally LOL.

Julieanne Smolinski, writer for Grace and Frankie

Previously, Julieanne said she hated “the brief and terrible reign of ‘vajayjay’ as much as the next person.” But, she also says she like using “pussy.” “And I don’t really know any women who do, even from a ‘reclaim it’ sense. Even when women use it in porn, they sound tentative and remorseful. It’s just straight-up bad-sounding, both reminiscent of ‘pus’ and uncomfortably juvenile. It sort of lets men communicate that they like heterosexual sex but don’t necessarily like women.”

Kera Bolonik, executive editor of Dame magazine

Kera said that using the word “really does depend on context. [The word] almost always takes on a very different tone when a man is using it in public and can feel like a betrayal and worse.”

Eliza Skinner, stand-up comedian

She said, “I guess it feels like a scary, disruptive term, and if dudes are going to use it, I am definitely going to use it when I have a mic. I don’t want to make my female audience uncomfortable, but I totally want to make my male audience uncomfortable. It seems like a novel experience for them.” However, she added, “I only use it theoretically, not personally, and not casually. I’m never going to tell my pals I’m going to the doctor to get my pussy checked.”

Sue Kolinsky, comedian and producer of Top Chef

Sue kept her answer short and sweet. She said, “Not a fan. I’m more of a hoo-ha kind of a girl.”

It’s pretty clear from these ladies that even though “pussy” was said way too much in 2016, it’s still not a word that we as women feel totally comfortable with. And that’s totally okay. But we’re glad these hilarious ladies were willing to talk about it. And they gave us plenty of LOLs along the way.

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