Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Opposite of Phallic

A few months ago, Chris Hall told me that the female equivalent of phallic was "yonic." This interested me enough to not do anything about it until I remembered it yesterday, and then look into it. The OED defines "yoni" as
A figure or symbol of the female organ of generation as an object of veneration among the Hindus and others.
I'd prefer to find the Greek-root antonym. I found a discussion board that claims that the two best possibilities are "hysteric" (not a great possibility, for obvious reasons) and "uterine." But I'm not sure that the uterus is the appropriate opposite organ in this case - when we use phallic, we really use it to refer to the physical act of...copulation. I think the antonym should refer to the female portion of the physical interface between man and woman.

I guess I'll conclude for now that yonic is appropriate, because of this note on the etymology from the OED (and because of the general consensus online):
In nature-worship, all natural orifices were reverenced as representing the yoni of the mother-earth goddess.
So I don't think yoni refers to the uterus...Sorry if this is an awkward discussion for my less mature readers. But I do plan to start using "yonic" in conversation as soon as possible.

20 comments:

james-madison said...

I would counter that since the term 'phallic' comes to us from Latin, that we should seek there for it's counterpart. The latin term for vagina is 'cunnis' thus making 'cunnic' the female counterpart to 'phallic'.

Yonic, or Yoni comes from Sandskrit, and has a counterpart- Lingam, or Lingic.

Anonymous said...

This, 'Cunnis', makes more sense than ans. I've seen.

Anonymous said...

correction:
This word, 'Cunnis', makes more sense than any other ans. I've seen.

Anonymous said...

"Phallic" is basically Greek. The Greek counterpart would seem to be "ktenic". Several examples can be found by Google (Web or Books). "Yonic" is much more frequently used, but of course it's from a completely different origin.

Anonymous said...

phallic is the usual term used in literary analysis and in such times "yonic" is the term usually used to describe the symbolism of the female genitalia. however at times, both symbols are seen in conjunction, like a train running through a tunnel. at that point, people often just point out the phallic tymbol (the train) and ignore the yonic symbol (the tunnel).

Anonymous said...

As front is the opposite of back, so phallic is the opposite of anal.

Anonymous said...

Vulvic anyone?

Anonymous said...

Aidiactic? Since the greek term for the fem fem is aidia.

Anonymous said...

I must say, cunnic is a good word.

To be cunning is the opposite of being cocky.

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