So Lena Dunham can use the “C-word”?
The Onion's tweet Sunday night about actress Quvenzhané Wallis is by now infamous: apparently in service of a rhetorical point about the way our culture tears women apart, the satirical paper used the so-called "c-word" to describe the 9-year-old Oscar nominee.
But those watching HBO's "Girls" instead of the Oscars that night might have heard a male character describe drivers of Camrys using the same anatomical term. Neither Hannah nor Jessa seemed particularly concerned or surprised at its use.
In a season when Quentin Tarantino's film "Django Unchained" practically mainstreamed the racial epithet known as the "n-word," winning an Oscar for best original screenplay in the process, could the "c-word" be the next word to enter our common vocabulary?
The outcry over the Wallis tweet indicates that the word, usually used to describe women, is still a rhetorical third rail. xoJane writer Daisy Barringer wrote a personal essay earlier this year about getting called the word. "[H]e knew it was the most outrageous thing he could call me. Because he wanted to intimidate me. Because he wanted everyone in the house to know THAT is what happens if you [mess] with him," Barringer wrote.