In honor of National Cat Day, it is only fitting to talk about pussies!
Personally, I cringe every time I hear someone refer to a vulva or vagina as a “pussy.” To me, it seems degrading, especially since the word is oftentimes used when referring to someone as a coward, for example, “Quite being such a pussy dude.” However, there are many people who do enjoy referring to their vulvas and vaginas as pussies and say that the word is empowering and even sexy. Regardless of how you personally feel, in honor of National Cat Day, I decided to do some research on the word “pussy” and its euphemism for a vagina.
During 19th century America, a number of euphemisms were devised in order to avoid discussing sex and sexuality in public. Just as ass became donkey and cock became rooster, vagina became “pussy.” The term “pussy” came to refer to anything soft or furry such as a pussycat or those soft pussy willow plants. Since women’s vulva are typically soft and furry the term spread and stuck.
To be honest, I grew up with dogs and was never really a cat person, but in doing some research I have gained a new found appreciation for cats and more importantly am beginning to understand just how similar cats and vaginas may actually be:Read More