Yeah, I totally get this. I do get squeamish with these kinds of archaic words that have taken on more vulgar meanings in modern times. And it's not because I'm squeamish about sex or explaining sex to my kids (condescending much, moonshine0100?), but because I don't want my kids to learn the twisted attitudes our culture has towards sex too early, before they're ready. I don't want to have to explain to my kids about sexism, or how words like pussy objectify women, or the subtle, complex meanings embedded in these kinds of slang. There's a reason why the FCC makes a distinction between calling someone "a dick" (allowed on network TV) and referring to a penis as "a dick" (*not* allowed on network TV). If you think these linguistic nuances don't exist, or aren't important, or don't matter, then I guess you haven been paying attention.
Reading Aloud to Kids: The P Word in Children's Literature
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