Cliteracy, 100 Natural Laws


An artist named Sophia Wallace emailed my advice column the other day to invite me to the debut of her art project, Cliteracy, 100 Natural Laws. Of course I couldn’t refuse an opportunity to attend something with a name like that! When I wrote back telling her I would be there, she was kind enough to put me on her VIP list, adding, “I’m so happy to connect. I really appreciated your thoughtful research as I worked on CLITERACY over this last year.”


What’s great about standing in front of the piece for an extended period of time, is the experience of constantly catching some new tidbit of information the eyes hadn’t seen before. It was thrilling to watch the wheels begin turning in peoples’ minds as they viewed the work. That’s precisely when I would approach and ask, “Are you learning something new?” Nearly everyone answered with a resounding YES!

As the artist described her project via email:

“CLITERACY, 100 Natural Laws is mixed media project that explores a paradox: the global obsession with sexualizing female bodies in a world that is illiterate when it comes to female sexuality. The project reveals – the phallic as neutral – bias in science, law, philosophy, politics, religion, media and art.”

CLITERACY is the result of her Van Lier Fellowship in the Art and Law Residency Program, founded by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts . You can still catch a glimpse of her work at the Dumbo Arts Center in Brooklyn as part of the Scènes à Faire exhibition through October 21st, 2012.

What’s even better than seeing the work? Joining in the conversation with the artist herself, on October 16th, 2012 from 7PM – 8:30 at the Dumbo Arts Center.

Here are some of the laws from the project:

        You don’t know what you think you know about the clitoris.

        The clitoris is not a button, it is an iceberg.

        Clitoris, say my name say my name.

        Lady Justice, where is the liberty in sex without orgasms?

        When auditioning a new lover test out their manual and oral skills if those are lacking take heed.

        Freedom in society can be measured by the distribution of orgasms.

        A man would never be expected to get off through sex acts that ignored his primary sexual organ.

        Terrorism is having sex your entire adult life, giving birth to 6 children, and never experiencing orgasm.

        Viagra won’t make you cliterate.

        Orgasm is a fundamental inalienable human right.

        Democracy without cliteracy? Phallusy

What natural laws would YOU propose to help the world become more cliterate?


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