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November 26th, 2011:

I must be dreaming…

“It’s a wonder I’m here at all, you know. My pussy got soakin’ wet. I had to dry it out in front of the fire before I left.”

This of course is from the truly puerile ’70s BBC sitcom “Are you being served?” Is it offensive? Well it’s bloody stupid and silly and the only women I know with a pussy are cat owners. None of these females reside in the UAE though…

Shrek spin-off Puss in Boots will be renamed “Cat in Boots” in the United Arab Emirates. The state’s film censorship committee pulled the P-word amid fears that a “Puss” could cause offence.

The censors’ claws will apparently close around all publicity for the children’s film, with Arabian Business magazine reporting that Antonio Banderas, who voices the titular feline, was asked not to refer to the original title or his character’s name during promotional duties at the recent Doha Tribeca film festival.

Now the word “pussy” is interesting. The Wikipedia article certainly is but what I find interesting is that “pussy” as used about female genitals seems a very odd word because it combines the qualities of being both vulgar and euphemistic. It certainly ain’t the linguistic “C-bomb” but in a sense it’s almost more offensive because of that in much the same way it’s descendant, the appalling Oprah-ism “Vajayjay” is. Can’t we in this day and age use words like “vagina” or “vulva”? Seeing as sex is an adult activity surely we are being ridiculous by resorting to such baby-talk! And the UAE is being utterly ridiculous too but I can’t help but feel our silliness at some level is behind this.

OK, just one more pussy joke (and an old one)…

The double entendre has been used for over a hundred years by performers, including the late-19th-century vaudeville act the Barrison Sisters, who performed the notorious routine “Do You Want To See My Pussy?” (see entry for more).

Oh you evil folks at Wikipedia! “See entry for more”. Behave. Anyway these are the Barrison sisters…

…who at the climax of their “act” lifted their skirts to reveal a kitten.

No wonder we had to invent CGI animations because that is not my definition of entertainment.

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