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The clitoris, described as the only human body part that exists solely for pleasure, is not merely a little "button" hidden between a woman's legs, but rather a large, mostly internal organ many people don't know about, Wallace explains. [emphasis mine]

According to a 2011 post by Museum of Sex blogger Ms. M, the internal clitoris (highlighted in yellow in the images above) is a complex erectile structure consisting of two corpora cavernosa (that are said to wrap around the vagina when erect), two crura (erectile bodies that branch out from the clitoral body), clitoral vestibules or bulbs, and the clitoral glans (the part that you can see).

In 1998, Australian urologist Helen O’Connell published a paper in the Journal of Urology describing the sheer scope and size of the clitoris. She wrote that the unerect clitoris, most of which is subterranean, could be up to 9 centimeters long -- longer, as some have described it, than an unerect penis.

Last year, during her tenure in the Art & Law Residency, Wallace started work on a multi-media project that she hoped would serve to challenge these misconceptions and to lift the veil on this enduring ignorance about the female body.

Aptly entitled "Cliteracy," the project, which is ongoing, includes Wallace's "100 Laws of Cliteracy," street art about the organ...

I never realized that the clitoris has both  external and internal parts.

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One of the sex-positive bumper stickers offered by sexologist Dr. Jill McDevitt:

"It takes 237 muscles to fake an orgasm, but only 15 to say, 'it's called a clitoris and it's right here.'"

Dr. Jill (as she styles herself) reorganized her website with a "merchandise" section; there's a new link for her sex-positive bumper stickers.

Some other highlights from her selection of 18 or so stickers:

How to have a bikini body: 1. Put a bikini on a bodyyes, I'm a lesbian / no, you can't watchBlonde and Smart                           Consent is fucking required

Slut (n): a person who enjoys sex like a man, but will be shamed and ridiculed for it because they're a woman. See also: double standard, hypocrisy

Thanks, Ruth!

The purple and yellow illustration is beautiful!

It's a nice subject to read about, for obvious reasons :)

There are many more pictures, including the "100 Laws of Cliteracy" installation, street art, and a clit rodeo (a giant rideable clit replaces the mechanical bull) at Ms. Wallace's website www.sophiawallace.com .

It was good to read in the HuffPost article that more surgeons have been adopting the methods of Pierre Foldes, who pioneered surgery to repair female genital mutilation and restore sensation!

A few more of the bluntly stated "100 Laws": (they deserve to be googleable)

ENCOURAGE YOUR DAUGHTERS TO LEARN TO PLEASE THEMSELVES
WHEN THEY START HAVING SEX THEY WILL BE SAFER
AND KNOW WHAT MAKES THEM FEEL GOOD

WANT TO HAVE SEX MORE THAN A HANDFUL OF TIMES IN YOUR LIFE?
BE REAL
SEX IS PRIMARILY ABOUT PLEASURE NOT REPRODUCTION

THROW SOME LUBE ON THAT FINGERTIP

TERRORISM IS HAVING SEX YOUR ENTIRE ADULT LIFE
GIVING BIRTH TO 6 CHILDREN
AND NEVER EXPERIENCING AN ORGASM

VIAGRA WON'T MAKE YOU CLITERATE

SOLID GOLD CLIT

IN STARK CONTRAST TO PROSTATE AND PENILE SURGEONS
GYNECOLOGICAL SURGEONS ARE NOT TRAINED TO AVOID
CUTTING AND PERMANENTLY DAMAGING THE CLITORIS

MASTURBATING
INSIDE WOMEN
IS NOT SEX
IT'S STONE AGE

PENETRATION WITH A PENIS IS JUST ONE OF INNUMERABLE WAYS TO HAVE SEX

IN GAY PORN EVERYONE HAS AN ORGASM
WHY NOT IN STRAIGHT PORN?

THE HOLE IS NOT THE WHOLE

THOUGH WE CANNOT SEE THE BRAIN OR THE HEART
WE DO NOT NEGATE THEIR VITAL FUNCTION

OUR DEMANDS ARE SIMPLE
REAL ORGASMS FOR ALL

#101 THERE ARE MORE LAWS

(and this one bears repeating!)
FREEDOM IN SOCIETY
CAN BE MEASURED
BY THE DISTRIBUTION
OF ORGASMS

MASTURBATING INSIDE WOMEN IS NOT SEX
IT'S STONE AGE

IN GAY PORN EVERYONE HAS AN ORGASM
WHY NOT IN STRAIGHT PORN?

It's worse than that. Another of the "100 Laws": MAINSTREAM PORN INCESSANTLY REPRESENTS SEX ACTS THAT DON'T ALLOW WOMEN TO ORGASM AND ARE OFTEN SEVERELY PAINFUL & INTENTIONALLY HUMILIATING

Sam Benjamin wrote on his experiences shooting both straight and gay porn. Working for a straight porn website, there was intense pressure to "keep up with the competition" by degrading women. "While my overt task at hand was to make sure that the girls got naked, my true responsibility as director was to make sure the girls got punished." And "I found within myself a happy willingness to be violent, a willingness to degrade.... Something cowardly within me, an internal space, suffused with a weak kind of anger, felt satisfied when I saw a woman 'take her punishment.'"

Not all porn aimed at straight men is degrading: "many films, happily, are simply produced by people who don’t seem propelled by anger. Some are just plain damn sexy." [I'll watch those, thank you!] "At its worst, though, porn can represent with shocking clarity the inability of a modern society to empathize.

In gay porn, in stark contrast, "we all seemed equals, on the same team.... We all seemed like friends. The sadness and the degradation I had come to associate with my job, with videotaped sex for money, was suddenly absent."

On the anger and humiliation prevalent in straight porn: "It almost seemed like an entire gender was being denigrated... where very young women were choked and slapped and written-on with lipstick, simply for the crime, it seemed, of being a woman." "It doesn’t bode well, especially for a world in which men and women must continue to co-exist." "Do we wish for the objects of our desire to be punished, humiliated? Or treated with respect?"

(read the whole article: "Why I had to stop making hardcore porn")

Hmm, does that also include lesbian porn?  That's the only kind that does anything for me.  If I have to watch another naked guy, that kind of kills it for me.

Pretty much everything I ever watch generally has 5 or 10 minutes of making out first, and it's probable that someone had an orgasm from humping the other girl's leg or something similar, before anyone even gets completely naked.

I've never intentionally watched straight porn (I've had a few less than discrete roommates who did, though), and from the sound of this, I'm not particularly missing out.

Joan Denoo just posted about the Cliteracy Project and Ms. Wallace's giant golden clitoris sculpture on exhibit at Sewanee: The University of the South.

She also mentions Marija Gimbutas's research into ancient matrilineal societies: not "patriarchal with women doing the dominating", but balanced and egalitarian, with a nonviolent and peaceful social order.

Grinning Cat, I like the way you worded that! 

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