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With over 8000 nerve endings (double the amount of nerve endings on the head of the penis), the clitoris lays in all her glory at the top of the vulva. Despite being the only human organ known to exist solely for sexual pleasure, her existence remains a mystery in the minds of most straight men.

Only about 25% of women have consistent orgasms during penetrative intercourse. In other words, most women cannot orgasm solely through penetration

Thanks to years of scientific misogyny, the clitoris has been deemed irrelevant in the context of sex

The clitoris is central to the female orgasm. While clitoral orgasms obviously involve clitoral stimulation, G-spot and penetrative orgasms also occur through the clitoris due to internal stimulation of the clitoris. Often, those who know of the clitoris believe that it is a tiny bit of highly sensitive tissue in the vulva.

However, most of the clitoris is underneath the vulva. It wraps around the vaginal tunnel and extends outwards towards the thighs. 

If the clitoris is central to sexual pleasure, why is it not talked about more?

Why are so many people unaware of its existence?

All (consensual) orgasms are valid expressions of healthy sexuality.

Thanks to years of scientific misogyny, the clitoris has been deemed irrelevant in the context of sex. Sigmund Freud, a pioneer of psychology, renounced clitoral orgasms as immature and infantile. He believed that true adult female sexuality could only be achieved through a vaginal orgasm, even though most women cannot orgasm through their vagina. 

In fact, male doctors have advocated for the complete removal of the clitoris to cure mental illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia, in some cases, known as female genital mutilation. Women were thought to have a mental problem in which they “unnaturally” desired sex and removing the clitoris would cure them. Obviously, all of these notions are completely false and are one of the many examples of misogyny built into science. 

There is no “correct” way to orgasm and there is no such thing as a “mature” orgasm. All (consensual) orgasms are valid expressions of healthy sexuality. The lack of awareness surrounding the female orgasm stems from centuries of patriarchal values surrounding female sexuality, or lack thereof.

Female sexuality is seen as unnatural and unnecessary because sex should only be for procreative purposes for women. On the other hand, it is natural for men to assert their dominance through their sexual prowess. Not only are these views the reflection of outdated gender roles, but also reflections of a false essentialist concept. 

Essentialism states that men act a certain way because they are biologically wired to do so, while women must act in the exact opposite way because they are “created differently”. This translates to gender roles that state that men are “assertive, sexually aggressive, dominant, and courageous” while women are “virginal, pure, domestic, and sexually submissive”.

Destigmatizing the clitoris starts by teaching people about its existence.

In the context of sexuality, the burden is placed on women to protect their “virginity” from men who are entitled to sleep with whoever they want. 

The clitoris is a hallmark of female sexuality; it is proof that the female body is made for more than just procreative sex. Historically, this has been an invitation for society to plow through female sexuality and add a ~sprinkle~ of stigma.

By pretending that the clitoris doesn’t exist, we can pretend that female pleasure doesn’t exist, tipping the scales of power back in favor of men. 

Destigmatizing the clitoris starts by teaching people about its existence, specifically through comprehensive sexual education. If sex is pleasurable, it is logical to teach about the organ that is responsible for that pleasure during sex education.

The clitoris is a part of our anatomy, just like our arms and our legs. It’s about time that we start treating it like the rest of our body. 

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  • Advaita Chaudhari

    Ady is a pre-medical student at Dartmouth College majoring in Psychology and Gender Studies. When she is not writing, she can be found eating Taco Bell, dancing, or fighting racists online. She is passionate about reproductive rights and healthcare justice in obstetrics/gynecology.