Cunt: A Declaration of Independence (Live Girls) and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Start reading Cunt: A Declaration of Independence (Live Girls) on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Cunt: A Declaration of Independence (Live Girls) [Paperback]

Inga Muscio
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £5.98  
Paperback £6.29  
Paperback, Nov 1998 --  

Book Description

Nov 1998 Live Girls
An ancient title of respect for women, the word "cunt" long ago veered off this noble path. Inga Muscio traces the road from honor to expletive, giving women the motivation and tools to claim "cunt" as a positive and powerful force in their lives. With humor and candor, she shares her own history as she explores the cultural forces that influence women's relationships with their bodies. Sending out a call for every woman to be the Cuntlovin' Ruler of Her Sexual Universe, Muscio stands convention on its head by embracing all things cunt-related.

Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580050158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580050159
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,117,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
First Sentence
I came across the power of "cunt" quite accidentally. Read the first page
Explore More
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
4.3 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't you get this in the shops???! 15 Jan 2005
I first read 'Cunt' nearly four years ago and it still feels as fresh and as important to my life now, despite the changes of marriage etc.
As a married woman, I obviously like men, so this book does NOT show you how to eliminate men from the world. It shows you how to connect with other women (we don't all share cultures, hair colour, tastes or sexual preference but we do all have cunts), how to love yourself (metaphorically and manually), how to live creatively, how to support feminine-run (or cuntlovin') businesses and artists.
Every single page is an inspiration. Inga writes from a place of deep love for her subject. She wont shy away from saying what she feels and her personal stories are funny, inspiring and touching. Her prose flows conversationally and she will make you laugh outloud.
For me personally, I found this book a help as a survivor of sexual abuse. This book helped me look at 'that' part of me with admiration and love.
But that's beside the point, every single woman and every single person who lives near a cunt (ie everyone) SHOULD read this book. It reminds you how infuriating and amazing it is to be a woman in our society.
You don't have to be a lesbian to be a cuntlover. If you support women, their roles, be they mothers or businesswomen, artists or prostitutes, then you are in a postition to revolutionise the future for our daughters. Find your strength by reading this book. Stop saying "I've got balls" and say "I've got cunt". Be proud of your body, your mind and what you can do in this world.
Also, the new edition has a new and extensive resources section, so you can get in touch with more like-minded women.
We need more cuntlove in England. Get this book and spread the word!
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!! 28 April 1999
By A Customer
"Cunt" is making me laugh, smile, giggle, and wince in recognition. What a fabulous tome! Go out and buy this book from your local independent bookstore! Muscio's prose is inviting, engaging, silly, and right on!
It's interesting that the negative reader reviews have all been so harsh and vitriolic. This book is a very welcome breath of fresh air. Imagine, actually *celebrating* womanhood! I know, what a radical concept, right? Too bad that some men and self-hating women can't get past all the crap they've been taught about women and feminists. Women are beautiful! Feminists are beautiful!
Long live Inga Muscio and cuntlove!
Was this review helpful to you?
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but Phenomenal 4 May 1999
By A Customer
It would seem that to date, reviews of "cunt" fall into two camps: those who unreservedly love the book (and likely were strongly predisposed to doing so before they'd ever seen the dust jacket), and those who hate it with an all-too-unsurprising virulence (expressed in generalities suggesting these critics may not have cracked the spine at all, or done anything more than peruse the description on the book's rear cover). A less strongly pre-agenda'd, although by no means 'objective', reading might prove more informative:
On the one hand, there is much in "cunt" that is problematic. The book is far too prone to telescoping gender into the genitals, literalizing the cunt as an abstractly idealized and ontologically primary font of identity. This points to a larger confusion, namely that the book is frequently unclear on the differences between the cunt as anatomical materiel and as metaphor. Additionally, and despite a clearly demonstrated lack of misandrony ("cunt" is in no way, shape or form a male-hating screed), Muscio frequently reduces the world to a dichotomy of dick/male=arrogated power vs. cunt/female=site of oppression and resistance. "cunt"'s approach thus precludes the book from addressing how patriarchy deeply and systematically exerts control over people with dicks as well, even (and especially) those who haven't thought to spend a single second recognizing how patriarchal relations twist both their conceptions and lived realities.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 16 Mar 2009
I haven't yet finished reading this but I have to say it is really informative and prompted me to think in new ways. I've already bought products and tried things that have been brought to my attention by this book and this book alone and I haven't even finished reading it!

My only criticism is the author's writing style, it grates with me a little, I don't object to the upfrontness, I think that is refreshing and completely necessary its just her style that annoys and can interfer with my understanding.

The best thing - I will definitely save this book for my daughter to read - there aren't many books that I think are that important. This one is because it tells us how it is and what we need to know.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
while i do agree with the other los angeles reviewer who noted that the book is a little too centered around a simplistic dichotomy of dick=opressive power/cunt=beauty and all things positive, there is much in this book that is worth reading, worth mulling over, worth embracing. and, in a sense, thank god(dess) there are a few areas i couldn't wholeheartedly agree with (ie- why not lump all male artists into the category of phallic worshipping cuntfearing agressive oppressors?-like alice walker, i ain't about to give up john lennon..or james baldwin, or faulkner..)-because any book one finds oneself in complete fawning agreement with is suspicious as dogmatic and narrowly sectarian. let us argue over some sections, revere others, and value this book for what it is: an easy to read (though, for some, hard to swallow) discussion of so many typically ignored/negatively portrayed aspects of what it means to be a woman in a body. for that, i say go out and buy more copies, make sure your local bookstores carry this book: show support for ms. muscio and her again, laugh here, dissent there, feel inspired there, relate there....
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my Life
Thank you for this wonderful, empowering book.
It has really opened my eyes to being a woman, not only physically by socially, culturally and politically also. Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. Bass
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding book
I've loved the book since my close friend gave it to me many moons ago. I knew I'd want my daughter to own her own copy when she reached 18yrs young. Read more
Published 17 months ago by tracie renshaw
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!
while I don't agree with everything the author says I am in awe of her guts, energy and enthusiasm! I think this is a book that should be read by everyone, everywhere! Read more
Published on 11 May 2010 by Chantelle Charnley
5.0 out of 5 stars Shout it from the rooftops
I have an extensive collection of feminist literature, but this is the only one which has told me about moon-cups. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2006 by Anon
4.0 out of 5 stars Every woman should read this book
I bought this book while on holiday in the USA and I've read it many, many times since. The intelligence, ferocity and wicked wit with which it's written is empowering in and of... Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all women and those that love them!
I had not read a book that touched me in such a way in a very long time. Inga Muscio writes in a very poignant and honest style. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars my new bible
This book really made a big impact on me. I honestly can't understand what those people were thinking when they criticized it soo harshly. this book is genius. Read more
Published on 13 July 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have a cunt, you owe it to yourself
I read this book for my all-woman book club, and the cunt meeting was, without question, our best meeting to date. We sat around as a bunch of cunt-lovers and laughed. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy for feminists or women who have any self respect
This book has a totally different perspective on life than I had ever thought existed. It got me excited to be a woman. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 1999
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category