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Comic strips such as (in , 199-) and (in , 199-) position the vagina as an organ of abjection, an attitude exemplified by the slang phrase 'Billingsgate box', which compares the vagina's odour with that of a fishmarket. Similar terms include 'ling' ('vagina'), 'fish' ('vagina'), 'fish-market' ('vagina'), 'bit of fish' ('vagina'), 'fishpond' ('vagina'), 'fishtank' ('vagina'), 'tench' ('vagina'), 'trout' ('vagina'), 'tuna' ('vagina'), 'fish-cunt' ('woman'), 'fish-fanny' ('woman'), 'tuna taco' ('cunnilingus'), 'ling-grappling' ('sex'), 'have a bit of fish on a fork' ('sex'), 'fish fingers!' ('fingers inserted into a vagina'), and 'pussy in a can' ('sardines', because "pussy stinks" like canned sardines; Jonathon Green, 2008). This long-standing belief, that "the vagina resembles a fish because like a fish it stinks", is the commonest example of what was described in 1996 as the "historical cultural connection between women's genitals and filth and disease" (Celia Roberts, Susan Kippax, Mary Spongberg, and June Crawford). The connection is evoked in these song lyrics:

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