When Donald Trump’s salacious remarks in a 2005 interview recently hit the airwaves, our culture got a wake-up call. Sensitive folks recoiled in disgust as the presidential hopeful gleefully confided that his wealth and power give him the ability to do anything he wants to women, including “grab them by the pu**y.”
One of the most weighted words in the English language, the P word has long been used to dismiss women and relegate them to the role of sexual object. But Regena Thomashauer, author of the incendiary new book, Pu**y: A Reclamation (which just hit the NY Times Best-Sellers List), has a very different take on the word. For her, it describes the source of women’s deepest, long-denied power and pleasure. (And please note that the asterisks in this word are there only to keep this post out of your spam folder!)
In a recent blog post, Thomashauer declares, “Pu**y. Don’t mess with her. Or she will take you out. Right now, on the world’s stage, in this election year. Pu**y has taken out the Donald. And he still has no idea what hit him. And perhaps never will.” She goes on to explain the need to reclaim this charged word: “When women are speaking the word, the weighty reverb swings toward us, rather than against us. The baggage turns into proud history. And there is an immediate feeling of reclamation.” The author says she’s grateful for the opportunity that Trump has provided by dredging the word out of the depths and giving women a reason to unite. This isn’t so much about resistance to archaic patriarchal thinking, but solidarity around our radiant power. And, the timing couldn’t be better for Thomashauer’s new book – which is, in my opinion, required reading for every woman on the planet.
This provocative issue arises at the approach of Saturday’s fiery Aries Full Moon (Oct. 15, 9:23 p.m. PDT). A mega-powerful Super Moon, it magnifies the opposite poles of Aries (the masculine) and Libra (the feminine) so we can clearly see where we’re out of balance. The Moon in take-charge Aries joins dwarf planet Eris (symbolizing the primal, warrior feminine) as well as innovative, rule-breaking Uranus as they oppose the Sun in fairness-oriented Libra. And, Mars (Aries’ ruling planet) is building toward a showdown with power-broker Pluto just four days later in conservative Capricorn, helping to demolish outmoded systems to clear the way for the return of Goddess power.
Tensions will be running high around this Full Moon. Avoid getting into heated fights. Free yourself from whatever is binding you and relight your inner fire. If you’re female, begin by reclaiming your holy connection to your power source “down there.” As Thomashauer puts it, “Just as pu**y is the source of all human life, it’s the source of each woman’s connection to her own life force, her voice, and her sense of internal power. When a woman turns on her pu**y, she is actually turning on her life force and connecting to her divinity.”
Artwork by Favianna Rodriguez.