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    "...and those that say that everyone gets called a 'cunt' in the UK have to ignore, well, common sense."

    I'm not sure what you mean by this. It's true. In fact, if anything 'cunt' is more often directed at men than at women, and usually denotes the worst male qualities - aggressiveness, boorishness, meanness. Alternatively it's softened with something like "silly" or "daft" - arguably here there is reinforcement of gender stereotypes - and is a term of endearment. In other words, you call your best friends and your worst enemies cunts, but not people in the middle.

    I'm not saying there aren't a lot of people in the UK who are offended by the term, but almost universally the divide is generational, not gender-based - most of my female friends use 'cunt' even more than I do, but I have a 40 year old male friend who hates it. Tellingly, the main exception is an American (female) workmate of mine.

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