pussy whipped

or pussy-whipped

[poo s-ee wipt]

What does pussy whipped mean?

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This pussy wears the pants in this relationship. Pussy whipped is an insult for a man who is seen as being controlled by his stronger-willed female romantic partner.

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Examples of pussy whipped

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Examples of pussy whipped
You must be real pussy whipped if you’re in your 40’s and still need to ask your girlfriend for permission to do things with your blood children.
@Slimkrisp1, August 2018
When your girlfriend convinces you to leave all your friends behind and freeze yourself for another one thousand years, you know you’ve got one pussy-whipped boyfriend on your hands.
Jeff Wysaski, BroBible, 2010
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Where does pussy whipped come from?

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The word pussy has been vulgar slang for “vagina” and a “woman” since the 19th century, and by the 1950s, extended to mock a “weak” or “cowardly” man. (Not cool, because vaginas are strong.) Pussy whipped dates to at least the 1960s. It portrays a man as whipped by a pussy, likening a woman to a harsh slave-master who won’t have sex with him unless he follows her orders.

One notable early instances comes in Midolescence: The Dangerous Years, a 1974 book by Fred McMorrow. One passage mentions pussy whipped and explains it: “If you don’t do what I say, you ain’t gonna get any.” That has pretty much summed up the force of pussy whipped since. Outside of its sexual overtones, the suggestion of pussy whipped is that a man is submissive more generally.

Pussy whipped spread in the 1970s and, by the late 1980s, was appearing in mainstream magazines like like Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone. In 1993, the feminist punk band Bikini Kill released an album called Pussy Whipped, bringing further attention—and female empowermentto the term.

In 2016, makeup artist Jeffree Star released a lipstick named Pussy Whipped, which stirred up some controversy. Some critics called for a boycott, viewing the name as sexist. Others urged that Star was being cheeky and reclaiming the slang. True to its namesake, Jeffree Star Cosmetics so describes the makeup: “Show everyone who’s boss with this gold blonde dream.”

Jeffree Star Cosmetics

Who uses pussy whipped?

Calling a man pussy whipped is meant to emasculate him by insinuating he’s relinquished all power and dignity. Originally, this came with the implication that their surrender was in exchange for sex, but in contemporary use, a man who’s pussy whipped generally just goes with the will of his girlfriend or wife no matter she says.

The term, of course, is problematic. For one, it uses an offensive term for women and their genitalia. For another, it reinforces harmful gender stereotypes. It both sexually objectifies women while subjecting men to toxic standards of masculinity, e.g., You’re not a real man if you listen to your partner and do what she wants sometimes. Controlling relationships are problematic in themselves, but using the term pussy whipped isn’t exactly the best way to address the issue.

Sometimes pussy whipped is shortened to whipped.

Pussy-whip is also occasionally used as a verb meaning “to control or nag a male partner.”

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