Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The "P" Word

Yeah, you know which one I'm talking about--slang for the female sex organ, the one that also mean "kitty cat". I was working on a manuscript yesterday and I needed to reference the heroine's lady parts. I found myself stuck, groping for the right word. Now, I'm not adverse to using the "P" word, but for me, it's just not a romantic word and I'm working on a romantic sex scene. What to do, what to do? Sure, there are lots of words for the various parts of a woman's nether regions and plenty of euphemisms--chocha and hoo hoo being among my favorites, but euphemisms and metaphors just sound silly. So really there are only two viable options for the complete package: the not-so-nice "P" word and the more controversial "C" word. Yep, the "C" word is another blog topic all together, lol.

While I make my decision regarding my word usage, I thought I'd put the topic out there for readers and other authors. How do y'all feel about the "P" word? Are you okay with it? Love it, hate it? Use it liberally or shy away from it? Does it matter the context in which it's used--okay for erotica, not okay for romance?  Is there another term you prefer? Inquiring minds want to know.


Tess MacKall said...

If I have to choose between the C word or the P word, I'll go with the C word every time. The P word just sounds silly to me. And the C word is definitely more erotic.

I know a lot of women think the C word is demeaning---but I think it's all in the way it's used. If someone is angry and uses the C word, it's no different than if they were angry and used the P word.

Sometimes I use the V word or simply say "her sex" or "between her legs" or "folds" (and that can be slickened folds, wet folds, etc. lol) when I run out of ways to say it too. lol

Natalie Dae said...

I only ever use the P word when I've used the C word too often. I hate putting in the P word, never have liked it, so, like Tess, I use folds and slit as well to avoid the P word as much as possible.

Don't know why I dislike it. Suppose it's because I don't like the "cat" feel to it LOL.

Amusing aside: word veri = woofu

Now, if it had said "miaow" I'd have pooped myself.


Cindy Jacks said...

Thanks for the feedback, ladies! I don't know why I shy away from the C word...hmmm. Maybe you two have made a convert of me :D