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Peter Schlong Richard Big Jim Are any of these words more than mildly offensive My contention is that although they arent a part of my regular speech they are only mildly unpleasant if at all Some forms of the word penis even evoke a sense of power A mans worth is sometimes said to be measured by the girth of his package In relation to the previously started discussion does the word vagina roll off ones back as easily The common answer would be no Forms of the word vagina are even thought of as some of the most gut-wrenching curse words especially to a man With her poem In Celebration of My Uterus Ann Sexton is sure to raise a few eyebrows and evoke a few gasps Those who succomb to the cultural pressures of our paternal culture are not surprisingly outraged To those of us who try to swim against the proverbial current however the frank manner in which Sexton presents a body part that we find so sacred is refreshing When thinking of the uterus the first association one makes is that which includes the menstrual cycle This thought makes most people men and women alike uneasy Men are taught to avoid menstrual blood while women have aquired the automatic need to complain about it The second association related to the uterus is that which ties it to child-bearing which although it is known as the miracle of life is easily passed off as a curse in this age of condoms the morning after pill and abortion The outrage that this poem ellicits is the same type of outrage that accompanied the fight for womens voting rights and equality in the work place Sexton presents the uterus as the foundation of humankind The uterus is the soil of the field line 18 that covers and does contain line 17 the roots line 19 of the commonwealth line
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