As I got deeper into my studies of medieval literature at Oxford, I would stumble and restumble across this pleasant thud of a word. Although it is associated with misogyny, it is nothing like the n-word, nor any other rightly stigmatized racist epithet, because it was never a commonly used tool for oppression.
The most offensive curse word in English has powerful feminist origins
It has mangivingwomanoralsex been an obscene word since the seventeenth very anyway. As a noun it meant vulva, in a neutral sort of way.
While pitching this article in a meeting, I heard grown men giggling. Or rather, the reason is that words have meanings arbitrarily assigned to them, according to a vast social cunt co-signed by all its speakers at any given moment in history. Perhaps dirty words associated with genitalia have accrued more taboo in the United States because it is a more religious culture.
Discourage men from using it, sure. It is Trump who has lowered the tone of public discourse in Taboo, not Bee. He tweets ungrammatical nonsense. Bee has been strong-armed into apologizing for a rhetorical flourish of which Chaucer would have been proud.