Date: Thu, 25 Apr 1996 15:13:52 -0700
From: David Robertson net091[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RISCY.SFCC.CTC.EDU
Subject: Re: Hysterical?
On Thu, 25 Apr 1996, Kathleen M. O'Neill wrote:
...the question that sparked
this inquiry is what would be the
female genitalia equivalent of "phallic"?
Is there such a thing? (A word, that is.)
I've long heard the politically hypercorrect use the term "yonic"
for this purpose, Kathleen. Specifics: Used by feminist-influenced
women around 20 years old; the "o" in the word is pronounced as the "aw"
in "lawn"; and of course the word derives from Sanskrit "yoni".
Feels good to have a term for this, I've found, but to my ear it's
also jarring to have a Sanskrit word referring to one sex and a Greek
word to the 'opposite'! If we were as motivated by symmetry as we tend
to believe, we'd've switched to a word like "lingamic", eh? Since
"hysterical" is a word with a relatively high functional load in Modern