rose flower resembling a clitoris
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Clitoris matters

Clitorises are bigger than penises. The A-Z of pussy. Meet Dr Orgasm. These news flashes and more in this week’s Sex in the Press.

My clitoris is bigger than your penis

'Paul Verlaine celebrated it in his 1889 poem Printemps as a ‘shining pink button’, but thanks to the sociomedical researcher Odile Fillod, French schoolchildren will now understand that it looks more like a hi-tech boomerang. Yes, the world’s first open-source, anatomically correct, printable 3D clitoris is here,' according to ‘How a 3D clitoris will help teach French schoolchildren about sex’.

When Fillod realised that the clitoris has never been correctly portrayed in school textbooks, she decided to do something about it. Her resulting 3D clitoris (pictured above) has much to tell us: it has 'legs, bulbs, foreskin, and a head'. In fact, it’s made of the same tissue as the penis.

And at eight inches, it’s much larger than your average penis. As if there isn’t enough already for boys to feel insecure about.

The equivalent of a penis in a woman is not a vagina, it’s her clitoris.

'It’s also vital to know that the equivalent of a penis in a woman is not a vagina, it’s her clitoris. Women get erections when they’re excited, only you can’t see them because most of the clitoris is internal. I wanted to show that men and women are not fundamentally different,' says Fillod.

In short: the clitoris is more than a just pink button.

Pussy power

In the same spirit of sharing information, Planned Parenthood International has released a PDF booklet called ‘Pussypedia: what every woman needs to know about her genitals’.

According to the press release: 'The female genitals, the pussy, are largely invisible in historical, sexual, and medical contexts. For a long time the sexual urge was believed to exist purely to ensure human reproduction, and women were generally considered incapable of feeling sexual desire on their own. Rather, it was the man’s job to arouse the woman’s desire.'

But we all know this is silly.

A wealth of sensitive spots, nooks, and crannies.

And this booklet does a noble job of recognising that the pussy has 'a wealth of sensitive spots, nooks and crannies, and areas that offer unimagined possibilities for women to enjoy their sexuality.'

Dr Orgasm

'Dr Charles Runels has been called a miracle-worker by the women whose clitorises he has injected with their own blood. But many medical professionals believe the effects are simply placebo – and question Runels’ methods,' according to the fascinating long-read ‘Dr Orgasm will see you now: is the O-Shot what women need for better sex?’.

'Today, more than 20,000 women have had the procedure done, and Runels estimates an 85 per cent success rate. In the mainstream medical community, however, the O-Shot is controversial; its findings are viewed as inadequately tested.'

'But Runels insists the procedure changes lives. He also claims it can cure incontinence and pain during sex caused by anything ranging from scarring after childbirth, to post-radiation dryness and even female genital mutilation (FGM).'

One O-shot recipient calls Runels’ work 'a miracle – the intersection between God and science.'

So is Dr Runels 'a feminist revolutionary? Or a total creep?'

Certainly, 'white coats, medical lingo and especially the presence of needles combine to heighten a patient’s anticipation that a treatment will work'. In addition, the O-shot is very expensive 'and controlled studies have shown that more costly treatments increased the placebo effect.'

On the other hand, female pleasure is a highly neglected field of study. So who knows? The anecdotal evidence does seem convincing. One O-shot recipient calls Runels’ work 'a miracle – the intersection between God and science'.

But perhaps this recipient would have experienced a miracle without a needle if she had just printed out a 3D model of a clitoris and/or consulted the Pussypedia.

 

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