July 16th, 2003

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Cunt

That's right folks..say it with me now - CUNT! I must say that the word "cunt" is probably my favourite word in the English language. I don't know why, I just know that I've loved the sound of it for as long as I've known what it means. Just the sound of it... so hard and strong and powerful! So, needless to say, I was thrilled when my friend Hazel walked over to me when we were in Indigo the other day with a book titled "CUNT" by Inga Muscio. I knew that I was going to buy it. I had to just on principle and I have to say it's one of the best things I've ever done. Although I find some of Inga's ideas don't quite align with mine (specifically much of the "we're being oppressed by men" things), it's a very good read for any woman who'd like to know herself (and her cunt) better. Of course it helps that Inga is a Goddess loving lesbian, so I find it very easy to relate to her.

**Warning** if you don't want to hear about my periods don't read any further! ;)

There's one section in this book that's really got me thinking though (and I'm not even half way through it!). It's about birth control and menstruation. A few years ago I considered (briefly) going off the pill. At the time I was in a hetero relationship and wasn't willing to rely on just a condom. Besides, before the pill, my periods were irregular and painful. In any case, Inga raises a good argument for it... and now that I'm not in a hetero relationship (nor do I plan to be in one any time soon) I'm finding the reason for me to stay on the pill is simply to regulate my periods...and is it worth messing with the natural rythm of my body to accomplish this? I'm starting to think it isn't... so I'm thinking I'm going to stop taking the pill and start getting in tune with my body, tracking my cycle and watching the moon (seeing as the moon is most often linked with women's cycles).

In any case, I'm wondering if anyone else has been on the pill and then stopped taking it... and if they can give me any feedback, because I'm just not really sure if I should go for it.
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