The Mysterious Clitoris

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The clitoris has long been misrepresented and misunderstood, and even now, it still holds some riddles that science is yet to solve.

Did you know that all female mammals have a clitoris, even some birds and reptiles – actually some snakes have not one but two clitoris.

In humans, the clitoris has been associated with sexual pleasure. Funnily enough is a sexual organ that is not talked about very much.

HOW IT GOT ITS NAME?

Clitoris comes from the Ancient Greek word "kleitoris," meaning "little hill," And that’s exactly kind of what it looks like – a little hill (a lot of action happens of this little hill).

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This is a 3-D printed model of the clitoris, showing the glans, the crura, and the vestibular bulbs.

Although this organ may be the key that unlocks female sexual pleasure, it is not just a "little hill," as it has long been believed.

The little hill is protected by a cloak of skin,  called the “clitoral hood." But beneath this lies the internal structure of the rest of this clitoris. The entire organ extends much farther than that. The vaginal wall is, in fact, the clitoris. If you lift the skin off the vulva, you get the bulbs of the clitoris —large tear-drop shaped structures of erectile tissue.

PARTS OF THE CLITORIS

The clitoris has three major components:

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  • The glans clitoris, which is the only visible part of the organ. The glans makes up about 4-7mm of the whole clitoris structure which can be up to 70mm long

  • The two crura, which extend, like wings, down from the glans clitoris and deep into the tissue of the vulva

  • The two bulbs of the vestibule, which extend either side of the vaginal orifice

WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF THE CLITORIS?

Sex educator and researcher Emily Nagoski calls the female genital organ the "Grand Central Station of erotic sensation" in her book Come As You Are. And a Grand central Station it is, housing over 8000 nerve ending making a highly erogenous structure sensitive to the stimulation of touch.  Women can orgasm from stimulation of their clitoris alone without the need for any form of vaginal penetration.

If you think about it, the clitoris, the tip particularly does look like a mini (a very mini) penis. The penis plays several roles — erotic, reproductive, and excretive(for the passage of urine) — while the clitoris performs only one job: that of creating erotic sensation, which may lead to orgasm.

The clitoris doesn’t appear to have  “solidly important” roles like the penis …So what?!…the process of evolution of the human female race had resulted in the clitoral being left behind so women have the advantage of making use of it to pleasure themselves.

Now, orgasm has persisted as a pleasurable evolutionary legacy, without the reproductive association.

WHY HAS THE CLITORIS BEEN A TABOO TOPIC?

The clitoris remains such a taboo topic because the clitoris's only function is for sexual pleasure, and at home (where earliest bits of education starts), parents have no reason to discuss the clitoris. Nobody liked to talk about it.

In a culture that has focused on the importance of reproduction to the detriment of enjoyment, the clitoris has lain forgotten, and the public and medical professionals alike have felt embarrassed to discuss and pay closer attention to it.

Yet the lack of a conversation about female genitalia and female pleasure may affect the way in which women understand their sexual health, and it may even impact their sex lives.

 

Reclaim your the clitoris and help yourself actively discover you own sexual pleasure and be more independent in the sexual choices you make.

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