All senses of this word are considered vulgar slang and are very strongly tabooed and censored. The meanings that refer to a woman and a contemptible person interchangeably are used with disparaging intent and are perceived as highly insulting and demeaning. There are many words used to refer to people in sexual terms. However, to call a person a cunt, especially a woman, is one of the most hateful and powerful examples of verbal abuse in the English language.
In these times of patriarchal polarization, hatred of women’s power is rampant worldwide even though there is a renewed understanding of the Divine Feminine and women's profound influence. The word cunt continues to have a pejorative meaning. Some in current cultures have taken to using the word very casually. Men call men they intend to denigrate cunts, coupling feminine qualities to the word implying that the man is worthless, weak and useless because he has womanly characteristics, even more insidious than calling him a pussy, another slang word for female genitalia! Even young women refer to women and men they don't like or respect as cunts, both denigrating themselves with internalized sexism and devaluing the power of women.
The question that keeps coming up for me as an artist is; how is it that the images of cunt which are evident in nature taboo? I see them in trees, in caverns, in the entrances to caves and underground tunnels. They are in plants, rock formations and, of course, in female animals and humans. Look at tree trunks, into the center of a rose or the mouth of a cave, the image of cunt is everywhere in nature.
But, of course, it isn’t only the images that are considered a problem, something to be ashamed of; profane and vulgar. It’s the word, cunt. If used to describe a woman it connotes a woman who is misbehaving, unmanageable, independent, and opinionated. She thinks for herself, is wild, and untamed. Not unlike nature.