Michael Douglas and the “C Word” (The Other “C Word”)
Let’s talk about sex. Actually, let’s talk about cunnilingus. The word “cunnilingus,” that is.
Thanks to Michael Douglas, “cunnilingus” is being bantered about in mainstream media. When asked by a reporter for the Guardian whether he thought that his years of smoking and drinking might have caused his 2010 throat cancer, Douglas replied:
"No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus."
He went on to say:
"I did worry if the stress caused by my son's incarceration didn't help trigger it. But yeah, it's a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer. And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it."
On one hand, I applaud Michael Douglas for using his celebrity platform to educate the masses: HPV can cause throat cancer. Perhaps his remarks will somehow motivate parents to make sure their sons and daughters are vaccinated for HPV.
On the other hand, I’m really not sure why he even brought up the connection. First, it might not even be the cause of his cancer, according to Douglas' rep. More frustratingly, however, is that now we’re forced to think about the 67-year-old actor’s bedroom antics -- and about cunnilingus.
I don’t consider myself to be particularly immature or prudish, but I really hate the “C word.” I find it to be equally clinical and, well, gross.
I’m pretty positive that I’m not only person who feels icky about that word. If I were, this classic Saturday Night Live skit, Colonel Angus Comes Home, wouldn’t have been so hilarious. (Hilariously awkward, that is.)
Bottom line: Why couldn’t Douglas used the words “oral sex” – or better yet, not said anything about his sex life? Does anybody else feel dirty now?