The C Word
A lecturer asked my class a question once, ‘what is the female homologue to the male penis?’ Some of the class had a giggle, others sat there awkwardly and the rest were struggling to maintain maturity while really uncomfortable with where this conversation was going to go.
This is a class full of people completely fine with discussing the penis, yet only one girl (after a couple of minutes and an impatient lecturer) was able to say the word ‘clitoris.’
Why is this word such a social taboo?
The clitoris is an understudied anatomical structure, as a result is not detailed in most anatomy and physiology textbooks. The anatomy was not known until Dr Helen O’Connell used MRI to image the structure live in the 1990s. The clitoris was not understood completely until 2009. The most intimate lady part had a reputation of sinful and seductive and highlights sexism through history.
The original concept of the clitoris is literal to its meaning, ‘a little hill.’ This is only the tip of the iceberg. It is true the external part is only a little bump, however the entire structure itself is much larger.
The clitoris is composed of the bulbs, crura and body, and partially surrounds the vagina. Yes, this means that the clitoris is under the walls of the vagina. The clitoris is full of thousands of nerve endings and has the ability to become erect with blood, just like the penis.
Helen’s study opened up the world of other research into the clitoris, disproving many previously assumed ideas.
1. The vaginal orgasm does not exist
All that talk about only real women being able to achieve orgasms from vaginal intercourse is not true. There is no anatomical structure in the vagina that allows this to occur.
2. The stride of a woman does not change if she has had a vaginal orgasm
A study done by scientists analysed the pelvic and vertebral rotation as well as the length of stride of women who have, and who have not, experienced a ‘vaginal orgasm’. Since the vaginal orgasm has been disproven, this study is deemed irrelevant.
3. The G-spot does not exist as a literal spot
People have tried to find the G-spot, people think they found the gene coding for the G-spot. But it just does not exist. Rather, it is the result of the indirect stimulation of the clitoris.
The clitoris is just another, very valuable, part of the human body.
I challenge you to go out today and talk to someone about it.