pussy power

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined by Eldridge Cleaver in 1968 (see quotations, below).

Noun[edit]

pussy power (uncountable)

  1. (US) Power as held by women, especially seen as coming from inherently feminine qualities or from female sexual allure.
    • 1968, Eldridge Cleaver, Post-prison Writings and Speeches, Random House 1969, p. 143:
      You have the power to bring a squeaking halt to a lot of things that are going on, and we call that pussy power. We say that political power, revolution power grows out of the lips of a pussy.
    • 2002, Kath Albury, Yes Means Yes, Allen & Unwin 2002, p. 89:
      Before I get accused of channelling Camille Paglia, I will clarify this point. I do not think that pussy power is the only, or even the best, form of power for women.