The Internal Clitoris

The Internal Clitoris

Consider this: In over five million years of human evolution, only one organ has come to exist for the sole purpose of providing pleasure—the clitoris. It is not required for reproduction. It doesn’t have a urethra running through it like the penis, and thus, does not urinate. Its sole function—its singular, wonderful purpose—is to make a woman feel good!

Sadly, it is precisely because the clitoris has no function apart from female pleasure that science has neglected to study it as intricately as the penis. In my last post I wrote about Princess Marie Boneparte and her revolutionary work on the female orgasm. There was however, one piece of pertinent information she was lacking that science had not yet discovered: the true size and scope of the clitoris.

Try asking the next person you encounter to tell you where the clitoris is located. Having posed this question to others many times myself, I’ll guess that the majority of answers you receive will sound something like, “It’s that small bulb at the top of my lips,” or, “That’s the button up under the hood.” Although these responses aren’t exactly wrong, the interesting truth is that the majority of the clitoris is actually within the pelvis—that is, it’s far more internal than external. Even most of the women I coach, women who are generally worldly and well-informed about their own bodies, react with a combination of fascination and confusion when I explain that their clitoris extends deep within them.

The scientific name for the external “little button” or “bulb” is glans. Not to be confused with glands, glans simply refers to a small circular mass. This little structure contains approximately 8,000 sensory nerve fibers; more than anywhere else in the human body and nearly twice the amount found on the head of a penis! From reading her work, it’s clear that Marie Bonepart mistakenly thought that the clitoris was completely comprised of the glans; and because it is super sensitive and all anyone can see of the organ, her confusion is mirrored by most women today. The fact is though, that most of the clitoris is subterranean, consisting of two corpora cavernosa (corpus cavernosum when referring to the structure as a whole), two crura (crus when referring to the structure as a whole), and the clitoral vestibules or bulbs.

The glans is connected to the body or shaft of the internal clitoris, which is made up of two corpora cavernosa. When erect, the corpora cavernosa encompass the vagina on either side, as if they were wrapping around it giving it a big hug!

Sketch of an erect clitoris

The corpus cavernosum also extends further, bifurcating again to form the two crura. These two legs extend up to 9cm, pointing toward the thighs when at rest, and stretching back toward the spine when erect. To picture them at rest, imagine the crura as a wishbone, coming together at the body of the clitoris where they attach to the pubic symphysis.

Near each of the crura on either side of the vaginal opening are the clitoral vestibules. These are internally under the labia majora. When they become engorged with blood they actually cuff the vaginal opening causing the vulva to expand outward. Get these puppies excited, and you’ve got a hungrier, tighter-feeling vaginal opening in which to explore!

What does all this mean? Well, for starters, we can finally end that age-old debate of vaginal vs. clitoral orgasms.

In 1953, Kinsey wrote: “The vagina walls are quite insensitive in the great majority of females … There is no evidence that the vagina is ever the sole source of arousal, or even the primary source of erotic arousal in any female.”

Then in 1970, Germaine Greer published The Female Eunuch, which scoffed at Kinsey’s theory. She wrote, “It is nonsense to say that a woman feels nothing when a man is moving his penis inside her vagina. The orgasm is qualitatively different when the vagina can undulate around the penis instead of a vacancy.”

Interestingly, they’re both right. The vagina is not the sole source of arousal, though to stimulate the inner clitoris you can greatly do so by manipulating, displacing, and exploring the vagina with a penis or other apparatus.

Sketch of an erect clitoris

Many women can bring themselves to orgasm without ever inserting anything inside of themselves. They are causing their internal clitoris to become erect and likely stimulating their glans, bulbs, and crura by rubbing themselves on the outside. The corpus cavernousum is the additional erectile tissue encompassing the vagina, and greatly erogenous when stimulated internally.

Let’s also remember, female orgasm is not solely about the clitoris and vagina either. It is far more complex and also involves the workings of multiple nerves, tissues, muscles, reflexes, and mental effort. Some women can think themselves to orgasm. Others can orgasm simply by flexing their pelvic muscles. Considering all the components involved plus the variability of human beings and their anatomies, it’s extremely important to remember no two people are the same. What works for one woman may not work for another. In other words, it’s all custom under the hood.

What really blows my mind is the plethora of misinformation that exists in textbooks, professional medical guides, and on the internet. Take for example, in one of my undergraduate textbooks titled Understanding Human Sexuality, the clitoris is depicted merely as just the glans. The sad fact is it wasn’t until the 1990’s that researchers began using MRI to study the internal structure of the clitoris. By then, the intricate details of the penis were already well known.

Urologist Helen O’Connell of the Royal Melbourne Hospital set out to better understand the microscopic nerve supply to the clitoris using MRI, something that had already been done for men with regard to their sexual function in the 1970s. In 1998 she published her findings, informing the medical world of the true scope and size of the clitoris. Yet ironically that same year, men in America began popping Viagra to cure erectile dysfunction.

Sketch of a clitoris at rest

In 2005 The American Urological Association published one of Dr. O’Connell’s reports on clitoral anatomy. The report itself even states, “The anatomy of the clitoris has not been stable with time as would be expected. To a major extent its study has been dominated by social factors … Some recent anatomy textbooks omit a description of the clitoris. By comparison, pages are devoted to penile anatomy.” The report also mentions how seemingly impossible it is to understand the internal structure of the clitoris with just one diagram. Several are required to truly get a comprehensive understanding of it.

Alas it wasn’t until as recent as 2009, French researchers Dr. Odile Buisson and Dr. Pierre Foldès gave the medical world it’s first complete 3-D sonography of the stimulated clitoris. They did this work for three years without any proper funding. Thanks to them, we now understand how the erectile tissue of the clitoris engorges and surrounds the vagina—a complete breakthrough that explains how what we once considered to be a vaginal orgasm is actually an internal clitoral orgasm.

The internal erect clitoris

Dr. Foldès has been performing surgery on women who have suffered from clitoral mutilation, restoring pleasure to over 3,000 circumcised patients. He also gets passionate about the lack of study with regards to the clitoris:

“When I returned to France to treat genital mutilation, I was amazed that they were never tried. The medical literature tells us the truth about our contempt for women. For three centuries, there are thousands of references to penile surgery, nothing on the clitoris, except for some cancers or dermatology—and nothing to restore its sensitivity. The very existence of an organ of pleasure is denied, medically. Today, if you look at the anatomy books that all surgeons have, you will find two pages above. There is a real intellectual excision.

The internal erect clitoris

So there you have it. As if all the repression, cultural influences, guilt, childhood imprints, and fear of being our true selves center stage in society weren’t enough, we also have the politics of medicine keeping us in the dark. The great news is that researchers like Dr. Buisson, Dr. Foldès, and Dr. O’Connell are paving the way for greater knowledge … and greater pleasure!

Hope springs … internal!

Now for something a little less serious and more fun! Here is a video of artist and sex educator, Betty Dodson, drawing the internal clitoris.  Note: the glans are accidentally labeled “glands” in the video, but remember the proper term is glans!! Enjoy!

-Ms. M


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  • V

    December 13, 2011 at 4:14 am Reply

    Best article ever. It has explained a LOT. E-mailing this to my husband. :) We’ve got some things to discuss. lol

    • Carroll

      January 14, 2012 at 5:55 am Reply

      Considering e-mailing this to my hubby. Not sure it’d do any good though. :(

      • Bill

        January 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm Reply

        It couldn’t hurt

      • John

        January 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm Reply

        You’ll be surprised…

      • Claire

        January 2, 2013 at 5:48 am Reply

        It’s none of my business, but I’m gonna say this anyway: if your husband doesn’t care enough about your pleasure and feelings to read this and learn as much as he can about making sex pleasurable for you too, is he even worth it? You’re better than that. Don’t put up with your sexual needs being second to his convenience.

        • melodiousmsm

          January 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm Reply

          Right on!! You tell go girl!

        • Amber

          March 1, 2013 at 4:31 am Reply

          I agree. I’d rather be alone and in a relationship with my hand.

        • Jesse

          May 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm Reply

          As a guy in a stable, committed, relationship, I agree with Claire. He expects you to please him I’m sure… if he’s not willing to do the same for you, then you have a very lopsided relationship that would probably best be addressed by therapy.

          • Becca

            August 27, 2013 at 2:43 am

            Jesse, you agree with my soon to be hubby. He sometimes hates being intimate with me because it takes me so long and I am so great at getting him off very quickly. We’ve only known each other for a year and a half and we are both dedicated to all things in life and I keep telling him, honey don’t sweat it, we’ve got our whole lives to figure this out. He still gets frustrated but keeps trying and I love him so much more every day for it…he gets better every time too.

          • Sanity

            September 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm

            “As a guy in a stable, committed, relationship”

            How is that relevant?

            “would probably best be addressed by therapy”

            You have a model of some guy in your head that you’ve built up from one sentence from his wife, a short comment by Claire, and a fuck ton of your own baggage, and you’re recommending therapy on that basis? Ever heard of people in glass houses?

          • ben

            June 13, 2014 at 12:56 pm

            psychopaths donot care

        • Sleemy

          June 29, 2013 at 6:02 am Reply

          That’s the whole point !!! you are totally right ! Selfish men got to learn something, even if it hurts their pride.

          • bombastinator

            August 13, 2013 at 12:41 am

            That;s a stick that points both ways. There are selfish women too.

            That said I am wondering if that is even the problem. He might, for example, suffer from premature ejaculation or micropenis or something else.

        • Arce

          July 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm Reply

          Hmm…Makes me wonder how much penis reading you’ve done, especially in regard to the male backdoor G spot. 10$ says you’re a hypocrit…. And in my book, any woman who is a hypocrit isn’t worth my time ;p

          “Don’t put up with your sexual needs being second to his convenience.”

          ^^ If I asked a lady to explore my back door, she refused, and I were to assert that same logic?

          I’d be just as wrong as you.

          • Nebula

            August 1, 2013 at 10:09 am

            Arce, I feel like your reply is a little misguided. Stimulation of the clitoris during penetrative sex is not a separate sex act like anal is, and it’s a testament to the sexist stigmas surrounding female pleasure that some people consider it as one. I see no reason to be with a sexual partner who refuses to stimulate my most pleasurable zone. That’s just rude and inconsiderate.

            Like I said, anal is a sex act completey different from clitoral stimulation. Is someone is uncomfortable with giving or receiving anal, and you force them into it for your own pleasure, that is rape. If you are with a woman who refuses to stimulate your prostate through anal penetration, and that is something you want enough to overlook her other qualities, perhaps you should move on and find a more willing partner.

            Additionally, I would like to add that I am a woman and a lesbian, and I actually have done reading on male pleasure. That is how I know that what you refer to as the “male backdoor G spot” is actually the prostate gland, which, when stimulated by either fingers, a penis, or toys, produces a feeling of pleasure for the man.

            In the future it would perhaps be better to not jump to offended conclusions. And I certainly hope that the attitude displayed in your post is not one of “why should I pleasure my female sexual partner at all if she refuses to participate in a completely separate sex act with me?” Because if that is indeed your attitude, I feel very sorry for all the women you have sex with.

          • Calypso

            August 27, 2013 at 12:09 am

            I agree, you both have to be able to say what you want, both should want to please the other, equally, women through are usually more talkative. Be sensitive to each other.

          • womenfirst

            August 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm

            Arce: Unfair to talk about women’s pleasure and not talk about men’s pleasure! And besides, women are the selfish lovers, not men! Stop and refocus! Said the angry boy. If you’re that angry at women, maybe stop having sex with us.

          • mamakat

            August 27, 2013 at 3:51 pm

            Dear Arce, Although I can see why you would feel the way do….when in regards to vaginal stim via the clit vs male stim, via the “Male backdoor G-spot) aka Male Prostate, I do agree with Nebula…there is a HUGE difference.
            I speak from experience: i am bi-sexual dom, who is married to a bisexual male and live in a poly amouraous relationship. We switch roles in bed, and you name it; we have done it, pretty much.

            #1: lets face it, its harder for a woman to receive an orgasm than men.
            #2: not all men want pleasure from the backdoor; however, men can still have orgasms from the penis alone.
            #3: its kinda gross to stick your finger in someones rectum. Its takes SOME people SOME serious emotional and physical attachment to do it.—– Which brings me to——
            #4 I have given plenty of prostate massages to SOME men. Even if they want it, I don’t enter all arses-some just aren’t clean enough, some I just don’t want to go there, and some I just dont have the emotional bond to do it. I wont go down on a stinky, dirty female or male, but I still make sure everyone IS satisfied, EVEN if I am not, when we walk away.
            Most men and women want ONLY to satisfy a woman and can ONLY get off on seeing me cum and pleasured…its those people this article is speaking too, and the only kind I prefer. Perhaps, some who never thought about it will walk away enlightened.
            #5: Some women also don’t know how to pleasure a man, even without the arse, it just makes them bad lovers.
            #6: Some women dont like to give head, or stick fingers in other orifices. Do it really go both ways go both ways?
            #7 THE MOST OBVIOUS:SOME WOMAN DONT LIKE IT BECUASE ITS THE POOP HOLE?. The real question is: Even if they dont like your prostate, did they still get you off? Did you still enjoy the orgasm? How does it matter if you get off one way or another?
            Still I cant stand to be with someone who doesn’t like to reciprocate what I do to them…male, female or any other gender—if you dont play with me like I play with you, then you aren’t worth my time,no matter how fun you in penetration. But mostly, I refer to oral sex, in that regard.
            Women who dont like to play with arse are not hypocrites, no more than most straights who don’t want to fuck me up the arse, even if I strap-oned on, or fingered him. I can have fun other ways, but just do your best to get me off, and then maybe we can have a second time. Its pretty obvious when a man, or woman wants a woman pleasured….its very obvious, in fact. Its not rocket science, you know.

          • Molly

            August 27, 2013 at 8:29 pm

            I’d explore your backdoor, you wouldn’t have to ask me twice! lol

          • Stella Omega

            August 29, 2013 at 4:58 am

            Actually, you would be just as right. The male prostate can be a lovely thing, and menwho have sensitive ones deserve to have it fondled and caressed– besides, the experience of penetration will do them quite a lot of good as they begin to understand that receptivity is not passive or victimizing.

          • melodiousmsm

            September 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm

            YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!! #Amen

          • David

            September 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm

            Sure, it’s good for a woman to know some of the nuances of the male anatomy and be willing to work with it. But we’re talking apples and, um, huevos here. The male G spot you speak of is, at least in my experience, only an avenue to enhancement, whereas discussion of the female anatomy here concerns what is for most women a necessity.

            Great article. I was wondering why my girlfriend can get off from nothing more than my kneading her bottom a certain way. I’m a lucky guy.

          • melodiousmsm

            September 6, 2013 at 6:36 pm

            She can get off that way because she has an exceptionally sensitive group of several major nerves which enable her to do so. Not all women are so sensitive, so you’re right, you two are absolutely both lucky! xoxo

          • Joel

            September 20, 2013 at 12:54 pm

            Not many ladies like buttholes, Farce. Break on through to the other side 😉

          • jnhgtfvdc

            June 13, 2014 at 9:00 pm

            I do anal play and erotic enemas to WOMEN!

            Perhaps, if you are a man who wants to receive anal play, you can start by offering latex gloves to the woman, so her fingers stay clean.

            And, you might wanna lick some of her problems away FIRST, so she feels like it’s NOT all you taking and not giving her anything in return.

            Give her two climaxes. Oral and G-spot toys.

            Then, toss her some gloves and ask her to please you.

          • Kris Lovelock

            February 28, 2015 at 1:50 pm

            I completely agree with you @mamakat. No two men or women are same. I think a person’s sexual preference is decided by environment, culture, life-experiences and probably a hell lot of other factors. We all are different yet SIMILAR.

            For e.g. many men have premature ejaculation or their penis is small but still some of them find love, passion; still some of them find a way to make sex satisfying for their partners…

            The key is for both man & woman to work with synergy. In my marriage we had some tough moments. It looked liked it’s going to fail. And yeah therapist (lady) helped me see the real picture of my wife… thereafter things improved awesomely. Both of us made lot of improvement in our relationship n sex life…

            So @Arce just try to get into others shoes… lot at what baggage she might be carrying. She is a girl she needs to be opened like a bud..
            God bless <3

        • Sansa Stark

          July 31, 2013 at 2:19 am Reply

          Seconded!!!! Any man that can’t be arsed to make you feel good isn’t worth squat!

          • Chris

            August 20, 2013 at 6:54 pm

            I see a lot of women giving it the big’un here. Funniest thing is, it’s usually the blokes who get neglected and left to deal with your self confidence issues.

            However, the article was interesting :)

          • Ed

            August 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm

            That sounds as funny to an American as “fanny pack” does to Brits!

          • Def

            August 27, 2013 at 2:43 am

            You all realise that the initial poster could well have just been making a cynical joke right?

            This article makes some good points about the oppression of female sexuality and it is promising to see science addressing something that has probably been ignored for too long but I don’t really feel like there is anything very useful here in a practical sense if a guy isn’t quite getting it. Most of this seems to just confirm that the outer part is still the part that most women respond to but you should probably spend some time exploring internally too…

            Never really get how people can struggle with sex so much in a relationship. Talk, try things out, pay attention. I think men and women usually make it known when you’re doing something right. It just doesn’t seem that hard.

        • Ron

          August 26, 2013 at 9:04 am Reply

          My problem is my wife is asexual. If I can get her to cooperate she really enjoys sex, I’ve known about this information for quite a few years and used it to her great advantage. Then she falls asleep, which should be my role I believe, It has never, in twenty six years of marriage, occured to her to initiate sex. Yet in all other respects, she is my ideal partner, we still love each other and I assume Carroll may be in the same boat. When I was younger I found myself a pleasure partner, who was similarly in love with a sexless male. So for years we have had none penetrative sex, giving mutual pleasure every few months or so, to keep it special. We both remain with our partners, we are happy and now in our mid fifties we meet less often. Many people will be appalled by the duplicity of our trysts, however, my wife used to do ballroom dancing with a male work colleague because it had no interest for me, her jogging partner is a male and we both have frieds of the opposite sex. Mine keeps me sane and prevents me becoming resentful. Strong ground rules are the key.

        • Angel

          August 28, 2013 at 2:09 am Reply

          I am totally agree, every man who respects his wife/girlfriend/ really should know of how her body works and give her the best sex each and every time…
          10 points to this artcle

          • melodiousmsm

            September 6, 2013 at 6:40 pm

            Thank you!! And I definitely agree with your comment regarding every man who respects his partner should definitely know her body to the fullest, and give her the best pleasure every time! Cheers!

        • Mike

          October 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm Reply

          How on Earth do you know she’s better than “that”. Your premise is her husband doesn’t care about her pleasure. I find most men love to give and receive pleasure to and from their wives. Please proceed past the tired old feminist, male bashing stereotype. This site reminds me of one of those hateful TV ads where the man is ALWAYS incredibly incompetent, ALWAYS less intelligent than his 12 year old daughter, ALWAYS treated with disdain and hostility by his harpy wife and ALWAYS the focus of ridicule. No sexist hate there, huh?

          • Patty

            September 8, 2014 at 12:16 am

            You are really using the word harpy? Did you get these ideas from the TV?

        • Bob

          January 9, 2014 at 11:41 pm Reply

          Funny how this argument doesn’t seem to be so forthcoming from women when men want to explore anal sex.

      • t

        August 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm Reply

        Ummm, unless you guys have other issues, as a man I can tell you that if a man’s wife emails him anything sexually related – it will have an effect!

      • Michael

        August 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm Reply

        Why Once married sex stops anyway so relax

      • sab

        August 26, 2013 at 11:39 pm Reply

        I KNOW, right?? Sadly the same can be said for a lot of men. This is truly awesome stuff. May be a while before it’s taught in schools but I don’t see that happening any time soon either. Up to parents but most especially women to educate ourselves about our bodies.

      • suetiggers

        March 22, 2014 at 11:27 pm Reply

        maybe you need a new one? or at least a good girl/boy toy
        I served 9 years in a marriage w/ no orgasms…since then, I ALWAYS enjoy them w/ or without my hubby who cares about and knows what pleases me

      • Susan

        June 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm Reply

        Oh man, I am sorry! He sounds like a fake husband (i.e., not a real one)

    • Neil Lumby

      January 19, 2012 at 6:22 pm Reply

      Discuss? All this knowledge and it’s just a discussion! lol

    • acaringman

      August 26, 2013 at 10:50 pm Reply

      I will be forwarding this to my girlfriend as she constantly feels down and says things like “I’m sorry I’m broken.” for not reaching a climax from regular intercourse. I’ve tried telling her again and again that she isn;t broken and this article proves it. I just need to work a little harder at making sure she is fully blossomed before we begin.

      • Timhole

        October 2, 2013 at 5:32 am Reply

        That was a really sexy way of putting it. Fully blossomed… I love it!

      • Susan

        June 12, 2014 at 8:45 pm Reply

        Hey! At least you’re *attempting* to please her. Every man Ive been with seems to think I’m a blow up doll.

    • Marla

      August 27, 2013 at 2:10 am Reply

      Good for you sending this to your husband. As a matter of fact today is Women’s Equality Day. What a great day to expand his and your knowledge!! Marla

    • mick

      August 27, 2013 at 7:16 am Reply

      Don’t worry about emailing your hubby, send me your contact number ! I need help as much as any man !!

  • Construction software

    December 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm Reply

    You’ve got a academic way of writing which I don’t often see. Just thought I’d let you know :)

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    December 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm Reply

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    December 18, 2011 at 5:25 am Reply

    Howdy. Basically want to actually write a quick note and tell you that I unquestionably concur with your particular post. Extremely spot on.

    • stella

      July 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm Reply

      Deangelo I feel the need to point out the unnecessary use of the words actually, unquestionably and extremely used in your post.

      1. You either “write a quick note” or you “do not write a quick note”. If you are “writing a quick note”, you have already stated that you are actually doing it. The very act of writing is actual, it is not merely potential or possible.
      2. If you concur, then it is automatically unquestionable. You either concur or you do not concur.
      3. There is no such thing as “very spot on” or “extremely spot on” or “somewhat spot on”. “Something is either “spot on” or “not spot on”.


      • Eloise

        August 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm Reply

        This was an unfair attack on a complimentary note. Why critique someone’s grammar two years after the fact? Why critique someone’s grammar at all? By the way, the article was great!

        • Artemis

          August 29, 2013 at 3:32 am Reply

          Well, 18 months after the initial post.

        • Stella Omega

          August 29, 2013 at 5:01 am Reply

          because it was not in any way a complimentary note– it’s spam, along with the two preceding it and several that appear below as well.

          I am a different Stella, BTW, but I, too, prefer elegant language, and these spam comments are offensively clumsy.

        • Bob

          January 9, 2014 at 11:43 pm Reply

          “Why critique someone’s grammar at all?” Why critique anything? Why even bother talking to people?

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        Wow, aren’t you being unnecessarily rude and tacky? No need to tear someone down just because you don’t approve of the way they speak. It was TOTALLY irrelevant to the article. Don’t be rude.

      • Andrew

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        Stella, ignore the haters below. Thanks for promoting elegant use of the language.

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        DICKS should be deleted! This statement has nothing to do with the Clit information provided.

      • Def

        February 27, 2014 at 3:24 am Reply

        Don’t be sorry! The supposed nuances of the English language are not that nuanced. “Do or do not, there is no try.”…Yoda

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    December 28, 2011 at 4:29 am Reply

    Very well written and accurate information. More information such as this needs to be made available to the public. I would love to use this page as a link from my blog.

    I noticed in your article that you mentioned a few times about penis power, the penis getting far more attention than a woman’s body. This is so true but for many readers who may not be connecting to that very hard truth, I wanted to just add that we live in a patriarchal society and that lends itself to the focus on male dominated subjects and that includes medicine! Women are the last to be thought about concerning research, how our bodies work or even correctly and positively payed attention too during medical procedures, examinations, surgery’s. Out of all the Major nations in this world we in the US (Doctors) recommend women get their uterus’ taken out of their bodies with no real medical reason to do so! Women who suffer from minor and sometimes major illness do not need to have their uterus’ removed but these male Dr’s are telling them they should and will lie and say that it has no bearing on their sexual pleasure. Well, that is a lie, the uterus is a key player in achieving sexual fulfillment. They are robbing us of our POWER. However, having exposed this lie that is NOT to say that women who have had this done can not embrace this area of themselves and grasp back their power and create again sexually, they can! It’s just another path down a multifaceted road of feminine energy that allows for our sexual prowess to be re-birthed!

    More and more research is being done to understand the woman’s body but more needs to be done.

    Thanks for the article.

    Be well… and rock on!

    Nisha Moon

    • Beverly Davies

      January 8, 2012 at 6:23 pm Reply

      I so agree with you , i had a hysterectomy for cancer, i have nothing left, sex is nonexistent, no sense doing any thing that doesn’t work any way, male doctors need an up bringing,

    • Michael Hanes

      January 17, 2012 at 8:05 pm Reply

      Hi Nisha,

      What you are saying sounds unfair to me. Breast cancer is the most researched of all cancers. More generally, feminism, at least in the US, is quickly becoming dated. Women have been more successful than men in their educational outcomes and salary level (yes, it’s true!) Women are also healthier, and consume a disproportionate share of health resources. An average woman today is more educated and successful than a man. Women are still underrepresented at the highest level of achievement, but there are many objective reasons for this. Had their been any systematic discrimination of women, it would show as a discrepancy in salary and education.


      • Kathryn

        January 23, 2012 at 10:28 pm Reply

        Unfortunately, you’re wrong. Women are still paid less on average than men, although the gap is smaller than it used to be. Women are underrepresented in graduate-level education to this day. Women are much more likely to be sexually harassed or assaulted than men. And the lack of women at the top levels of many fields (such as politics or the military) reflect the current and historical oppression of women.

        • Jimmy

          August 23, 2013 at 8:20 pm Reply

          Studies show that female students at the graduate-level forecast lower earnings for themselves than do male students entering the same field. Among the upper echelons high-earning industries (corporate, finance, etc) success is often dependent upon one’s ability to adopt aggressive, non-compassionate traits. Women who make it to these “higher” positions tend not to affiliate with or support female subordinates out of fear that it will “make them look weak” which advances the situation. Is the solution to convince women to be more aggressive and less compassionate? Is female on female oppression worse?

          It’s irrelevant. Yet another polarizing diversion to the fact that people at the “top levels of many fields”—including politics and the military—are in those positions because during their “ascent” they have been compromised to the point that they can be trusted by those setting the agenda. They can be manipulated by a combination of their desire for more (whether wealth, acceptance, knowledge) and the wrongs they’ve committed to gain the position they are currently in. This results in blocking out other things in life, maintaining a fixation for advancement and a lack of empathy for anyone who can’t contribute to it. Hence, politicians visiting with “real people” during multimillion-dollar campaigns, talking about “real issues” like wage inequality while they compete to become the “leaders” who, already compromised, will work behind closed doors whether they like it or not, to grant corporations further autonomy to exploit the resources of people in first-, second- and third-world countries.

          Women should be able to do that just as equally as men.

      • Stella Jane

        January 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm Reply

        “It would show up as SALARY????” Women earn 70% on the dollar in the USA MUCH less anywhere else.
        You are a male and obviously don’t get this….still telling all of the women here that YOU the MALE know
        more than we do. THAT’s the patriarchal attitude.

        • Isaac

          October 17, 2012 at 12:08 am Reply

          This is why so many males have an issue with “feminists”.

          Disagreeing with a woman does not make one some sort of misogynist pig, any more than disagree with someone of a different race makes someone a racist. The truth of matter is always more complicated than the sound bites. Of , course there is still a pay gap, and that is a problem. Some of it is from blatant discrimination and those people found to be guilty of pay discrimination should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, but much more of it is of a more insidious type of discrimination. Women disproportionately leave the workforce to raise children. Most do so of their own accord, but also, because of societal pressure on a woman to “be a good mother” by taking care of her kids, and societal pressure on men to “be a good father” by supporting the family when the woman leaves the work force. This leaves women years behind their male colleagues and accounts for a vast majority of the pay discrepancy.

          Michael saying the feminism in the US has become become dated is not the same as saying that it has become obsolete. There is still a lot to be done in terms of gender equality, but it seems like mainstream feminist thought is still fixated on the pay discrepancy as a largely discrimination issue.

          I am male, and want to consider myself a feminist, but like many of my male colleagues feel threatened by a feminist ideology that emphasizes the victimization of women by a male dominated society. As far as I can see, many american feminists perpetuate a male dominated society by measuring female success by how well they have infiltrated traditionally male roles. Perhaps I’m just bitter that there is no masculinist society advocating for paternity leave, male elementary school teachers, the dignity of stay at home fathers, and condemning women for assuming that I can fix that leaky faucet. I don’t mean to downplay the discrimination women have suffered, and continue to suffer to this day, but to explain that when folks like Michael say that feminism is outdated, it is less to say that there is no progress to be made by women in terms of gender equality than it is to say that we are all victims of a society that tells women they are bad mothers if they are dedicated to their careers, and tells men they are lazy if they decide to be the primary caregiver for their children. I sincerely hope I have not offended any of you and that I’ve shed some light on why well intentioned men like Michael and I chaff at some of the rhetoric in these comments.

          • Adrianne

            June 29, 2013 at 8:46 pm

            Isaac, I encourage you to delve deeper into feminist theory, because the issues you raise about discrimination toward men in “feminine” careers or roles are issues that feminism seeks to address. Patriarchy hurts everyone by setting up rigid roles for the sexes, which pigeonholes men as much as it does women, hence the expectation that you should do amateur plumbing. However, the assertion that feminism is outdated reveals a shallow understanding of the movement and the obstacles women continue to face. Anyone who doubts this need only look at the orchestrated efforts to deny women body autonomy that have been escalating for the past few years, as well as the failure of law enforcement and courts in the US and abroad in obtaining justice for victims of sexual assault. Progress has been made from the days when women couldn’t vote or hold property, but we still have a long way to go. I hope you’ll join us, but either way, feminism will be working on your behalf.

          • Jen

            June 30, 2013 at 6:13 am

            Hi Isaac. I’ve been a feminist since the 90s and I see your point of view and concerns as valuable, and as part of the values of feminism that I ascribe to. I think both men and women participate in and uphold patriarchy, and both men and women are disadvantaged by it in different ways. YES to support for male care-giving and yes to more flexible roles and choices for all of us. I am glad to have guys like you as allies, and think it’s important that we expect some disagreement as we calibrate our different experiences. At the same time I too don’t like the rhetorical turn that reads this disagreement as necessarily sexism-in-action, and I wanted to say so, because it’s not the only way to be a feminist.

          • Katie

            August 16, 2013 at 2:44 am

            WOW! I am stunned how an insightful, well researched and well written article on the clitoris brought out the anger and resentment on so many off subject matters. Orgasm is not a feminist issue. It has nothing to do with cancer research or pay grades and women’s rights. I will say as a women who has broken through the glass to get to the top of my field, no man or no person was in my way. I suppose there were many junctures where I could of cried a song of victimology, I do not know that song. For any person male or female of any race or disability to see themselves as victims is a self fulfilling prophecy.
            Reminder: this article is about the clitoris. I am blessed to be with a man who is very well versed on this subject. Furthermore, he does not view this as “sex” but as intimacy and love making. Pleasuring the one you love is the physical manifestation of the spiritual bond of the soul. In a perfect state of union it should be mutual, balanced and trusted. Married to a different Michael, Katie

          • melodiousmsm

            September 6, 2013 at 7:03 pm

            “For any person male or female of any race or disability to see themselves as victims is a self fulfilling prophecy.” Love it! You sound like an awesome lady and your husband sounds like an amazing man!! I do hope our paths cross one day!

          • late to the party

            February 17, 2014 at 6:11 pm

            I am so very, very sick of all the feminist rhetoric about the supposed need for equality.

            I am against feminism, I am for equality. I have a penis, you have a vagina. It does make a difference. But we need both, one is not better than the other.

            My wife lacks the ability to combine the necessary strength and dexterity to attach the retainer on a spring clip when replacing the shoes in drum brakes.

            I cannot cook. There is a recipe, it calls for some amount of salt… but if you add that much it won’t taste right. I try it and I follow the recipe – even if I do not burn it we end up eating out, it is disgusting! My wife tells me you need to add “this” amount of salt instead. She does this for several more ingredients. It tastes wonderful when she is done. I do not understand how anyone, male or female, ever figures out cooking.

            We fit into more-or-less classical roles. Maybe some of it is upbringing, but I have a natural ability for taking things apart and putting them back together again. Imagine trying that with an egg!

            This does not mean that we cannot take on certain aspects of the other’s role. I can make toast or a sandwich, she can change the oil – in both cases, if we have to, neither of us really wants to do the opposite.

            I am not working right now and, as a result of this, I feel that it is my responsibility to keep up with the house – sweeping, mopping, laundry, dishes, as well as the traditional things like trash. If we are both working then we both feel that we should both take care of the house.

            I believe that society should be building, similarly, on the foundations of our strengths.

            If you are a feminist then I challenge you with this – why are you not arguing/demanding fairness regarding issues like the following:

            In NJ if someone commits a sexual offense they face the risk of Civil Commitment for life… but only if they are male.

            No matter how heinous or vicious the crime, no matter how often it has happened no woman can face that penalty.

            Crimes committed by women continue to be under-reported, especially sex crimes. You won’t hear me say that women are just as bad, but they are worse than we, as a society, are lead to believe.

            But, while some men in NJ have been Civilly Committed over a single sex crime, no woman can be, no matter how many sex crimes she has committed.

            I said nearly the same thing twice for a reason, I really want that to sink in.

            There are not a lot of female sex offenders serving time in NJ, and far less than there should be. But in order to be Civilly Committed in NJ you have to have to fit a profile ascertained by evaluations which were developed for, and can only be legally applied to, males.

            It is a get out of jail free card for women that should not exist.

            Why, as a society, do we condone the idea that women are equal in all areas except crime?

            You want equal pay? I hear you – if a guy gets $17 an hour for doing the job, and you are equally skilled and able then you should be paid the same.

            And, if you molest kids in NJ it should be possible to Civilly Commit you for life – regardless of your gender.

            Until I hear of feminists arguing for equal time for the crime, when committed by women I will continue to believe that feminism is just misogyny in reverse.

            (Is the tide turning in areas like the one mentioned above? Yes, slowly. But only because men are asking questions, not because women are making demands.)

        • SCOTT

          March 14, 2013 at 9:36 am Reply

          i don’t understand why women would want equality with men. It would mean giving up the advantages they have. They live longer have more choices in how they want to live there lives. The difference in the statistic in earnings is more than made up in the added costs men need to assume. Also women in general put great value on a mans earnings before entertaining a relationship.

          • Stacey

            August 27, 2013 at 5:54 am

            Scott, you have been very misled. Women live longer because they take better care of themselves, and women cry.Tthis is a huge factor in living longer. Women share their emotions and don’t bottle them all up. Stress does terrible, physical things to the body.
            The added costs that men need to assume? What the hell are you talking about?
            I love my husband very much. I am the sole wage earner, and did not go after him for his money
            What advantages do women have that men do not?
            You must be a sad, lonely little man, if this is truly how you feel about women.
            Women in general????????????????? You must not know very many women. I never looked at the size of a man’s pocket. Your an ass, and probably, a lonely one.

          • Evil Aunt

            October 29, 2013 at 8:07 pm

            Scott, you should meet my son, he has always gone after women who come from money. He dumped his lovely hardworking wife when health issues cut into her earnings. Money hungry pig, my son. :(

        • Richard

          July 31, 2013 at 4:54 am Reply

          While I do believe that women on the whole earn less than men, I also believe that for the most part it
          has to do with improper comparisons. When you compare the exact same job in the same company for
          people with the same qualifications, the differences are minute and in some cases non-existent.

          Here is a simple truth. If I had a company and I could pay a woman 70% what I pay a man and they are
          both doing the same quality of work, etc. Why would I hire the man? I’d hire only women if I could get
          away with it and pocket the additional profit.

      • Susi Matthews

        January 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm Reply

        I don’t know what wishful-thinking planet you live on but it certainly isn’t the same one I occupy.
        Here’s some statistics to show you that your salary level statement is flawed.,8599,1983185,00.html

        I can’t quickly find refutation of your thought that more resources go to women’s health care than men’s but I seriously doubt it. According simply to how much more easily men can get viagra than women can get birth control, I’d say you’re easily wrong there as well. I suspect part of the statistics you may be looking at are explained by that fact that more women are generally *willing* to consult a doctor than men are. And yes, that is a generalization but one that is held up by research.

        There can be no doubt whatsoever in any reasonable mind that we live in a patriarchal society.

        • Def

          August 27, 2013 at 3:43 am Reply

          I’m debating this mainly because I think a lot of progress is understated in these statistics and it undermines knowledge and understanding in the name of making things look more dramatic than they are. The statistics you’re referring to do ‘not take into account differences in experience, skill, occupation, education or hours worked, as long as it qualifies as full-time work.’

          The 70c to a dollar statement can be explained by a lot of things. Society still places much greater pressure on men to be financially successful and provide for their whole family. Men are much more likely to work unpaid overtime and women are much more likely to enter into careers of their choosing later in life and work the hours they want to work. This is probably explained by the face that women who have the financial support tend to leave the workforce to have children. When they re-enter the workforce they usually start from scratch and often take their time to find the kind of work they like and are more focused on creating a balanced life than fighting for promotions. This might sound a bit condescending but I’m not implying that women are being lazy or spoilt and men are working harder but really just that there are still a lot of very ‘traditional’ families where males are conditioned to feel it is very important to be as successful as possible and females, free from these pressures are naturally going to take a more relaxed approach of their own choosing. They are far more likely to already have a comfortable position in which the cash they earn is a nice bonus rather than a necessity of their families survival. They are not forced take a job based on salary.

          The gap that is shown to not be explained by these types of factors is 5-7%. This might be due to the fact that indeed their are still a few dinosaurs around the workplace. Some of them probably prize aggresive/masculine traits in business and discriminate without relising that they do. These people are asses. Some probably discriminate knowingly and blatantly. These people are massive asses. I truly believe these people are largely a dieing breed who began their careers in a time when women simply didn’t work.

          Its also worth noting that capitalism has bred a culture in which those at the top get massively disproportionate salaries to those just a few levels down. When we consider that many of these people are in that older age bracket who didn’t tend to have any competition from females in the workforce in their time and their salaries are so absurdly large its easy to see that this is going to tip the scales too.

          • Christina

            September 25, 2013 at 2:02 am

            Def, excellent points and food for thought.

      • Ashleigh

        February 2, 2012 at 12:31 am Reply


        Feminism firstly is not dated in the least. And the discrepancy you mention regarding salary and education deserves more than a sentence of elaboration. There is a HUGE discrepancy in pay between men in women across careers. If you don’t believe, check out Feminist Philosophers blog about academic female philosophers getting paid a good $20-30,000+ under what male academic philosophers make. Likewise, check out the newly signed Lily Ledbetter act and check out how she was screwed out of thousands of dollars over her years at Goodyear because she was a woman. And although education is becoming accessible on the whole, it is also becoming more costly and this significantly shifts that accessibility to the more wealthy.
        A really really important thing to remember when asserting that women are receiving better salaries and achieving more success than they did say in the 50’s is that WHITE women on the whole are achieving these things. Unfortunately minorities, especially minority women, suffer from the same debilitating factors as they always have; the improvements have not been nearly as significant as for white women. Statistics demonstrate this what with minorities having shorter life spans on the whole, less income, less education and less access to it, etc.
        Your brief mention of women being underrepresented at the “highest level of achievement” (whatever that is exactly) as being the result of “objective reasons” is blatantly false. For instance, if a woman wants to gain tenure as a professor, she is much less likely because of the discrimination that stems from maternity leave. It is often assumed that a female professor will require maternity leave later on in her career and even if she does, it is seen more as a detriment than as a right. The other side of this is that many male professors who seek maternity leave are discriminated against as well because of the perception that fathers cannot possibly be stay-at-home parents, that this is a requirement solely of the mother. This type of discrimination that befalls many female academics does not possess “objective reason;” it is plain sexism.
        Lastly, and very very crucial to a proper discussion of feminism, is the understanding that just like so many other subjects and theories out there, you need to understand that there are many faces of feminism. Just as there are many different people, there are many different perspectives that play into analyzing what is feminism and notably what it means to be a feminist. Unfortunately the majority of the American population see stereotypes that supposedly describe who is a feminist and what that means, these being extremely negative and very incorrect. For a good general discussion of feminism and its many faces and uses, I suggest reading “Feminism is for Everybody” by bell hooks. This book is written for the general lay person and is not overly scholarly. Michael, I feel that if you want to better yourself and the women you love around you, digging a little deeper into feminism beyond what the media rants and raves about will suit you better.
        Thanks, and love,

        • demerne

          February 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm Reply

          Thank you for an excellent rebuttal! Saying that misogyny is over because there are powerful/successful women is like saying that racism is over because we have a black president! It’s crazy, but people still act as if feminism is somehow “dated” when there are so many aspects of society that are blatantly sexist.

        • Keith

          June 5, 2012 at 11:49 pm Reply

          You females are all right and righteous! We males are all stupid and subversive! So sorry we are in your way ladies! Pardon us.

          • R.B. Kool

            July 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

            You sound like a monkey

          • B

            June 29, 2013 at 11:24 pm

            It’s fine, just don’t do it again.

        • Lukas Thiessen

          August 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm Reply

          Awesome! (Yes, i’m a man, and no, i’m not being sarcastic.)

        • umm ok

          August 13, 2013 at 4:06 pm Reply

          That could be that female philosophers overwhelmingly tend to tred the very worn ground of feminism which, despite what you may feel, isn’t that complicated nor unique of a subject.

      • sam

        March 5, 2012 at 8:49 am Reply

        in australia, twice as much money is spent by the national cancer institute on breast cancer research as prostate cancer. in the UK, breast cancer receives slightly more than 10x more funding than prostate cancer. similar figures for this exist for most of the developed world. the reason why susi cant find counter evidence to this is probably because it doesnt exist.
        i don’t know if getting viagra is easier or not than getting female birth control. i do know that i have never had trouble nor do i know anyone who has ever had trouble getting female birth control.
        men’s life expectancy in the uk is 5 years lower than it is for woman. not sure about other countries. but very possibly due to men being higher risk takers and being less inclined to go to the doctor for regular checkups etc.

        woman are unfortunately more prone to sexual harassment and assault than men. they are also more likely to report harassment/assault if it occurs, however. it is in practice difficult to claim a broad statement such as “Women are much more likely to be sexually harassed or assaulted than men”. it may very well be true. but any figures that are brought up as evidence will be flawed.

        “Lastly, and very very crucial to a proper discussion of feminism, is the understanding that just like so many other subjects and theories out there, you need to understand that there are many faces of feminism.”
        very true. unfortunately there just are sooooo many people (women and men) out there who bring what could be a noble group of people down to a shameful level of hypocrisy


        • Adrianne

          June 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm Reply

          Sam, I’m going to keep it short since there other posts addressing some of your assertions, but as someone training in medicine, I do want to point out that breast cancer is far more lethal than prostate cancer. This is why the American Urological Association recently changed the screening guidelines, because more men were suffering adverse effects from the screening than were from the cancer itself. It makes sense to put more resources into fighting the disease that affects (and kills) more people; by the way, men also suffer from breast cancer.

        • Peace

          July 1, 2013 at 8:52 am Reply

          Briliant answer,

          ,its interesting to see how quickly this turned into a male female thing :)

          • Sheila

            August 26, 2013 at 10:11 pm

            Thought exactly the same thing.

      • Wolfgang Nebmaier

        March 29, 2012 at 10:47 pm Reply

        Breast cancer is the most researched of all cancers.
        = if that is true, it means that it is the most lucrative cancer for the medical research industry.

        What do you mean by “feminism, at least in the US, is quickly becoming dated”

        If “Women have been more successful than men in their educational outcomes” perhaps the reason is that they were more diligent in their studies and perhaps are better students. Maybe women are even smarter. Period.

        If “Women are . . healthier”, perhaps it is that women take care of themselves better, that men who forever want Mommie to take care of them.

        And perhaps the “consume a disproportionate share of health resources” is better translated into “women are a more lucrative ‘health’ care market than men.” Women are snaged into the meds web as early as pre-puberty. Men enter the picture noticeably only decades late.

        And finally, please share what the “many objective reasons for “ women’s underrepresentation at the highest level of achievement are.

      • Melody Heilmann

        May 27, 2012 at 12:00 am Reply

        Hello Michael,
        Women do not make as much money as men. That has been covered here by others in response to your remarks.
        Research for womens health care is also far behind research for men.
        There have been treatments for mens prostate problems for decades now. Prostatic cancer w/ early detection is very curable with a low mortality rate.
        There is no good, accurate test for ovarian cancer to this day and many women continue to die daily. It is often asymptomatic until it has metastisised, making the need for an accurate, early detection test that much more crucial. Womens health does not seem to be as important as mens in many cases by researchers. Little is known about HRT and heart disease in women with conflicting treatments and research adding to the confusion felt by many. age. Hopefully this will soon change.

      • Claudia Weil

        July 31, 2013 at 5:02 am Reply

        Michael, you are incredibly ignorant about gender and society. I strongly advise you to learn more about a subject before you spout off about it.

      • Lenna S. Hanna-O'Neill

        August 27, 2013 at 6:41 am Reply

        Umm, Michael, that would be because men LOVE tatas and therefore have a vested interest n keeping them healthy. Breast cancer kills women, so men lose sex partners untimely. This would be a problem for MEN and is therefore relevant for study. Female orgasm? Female pleasure? Not so much. Unimportant, not bothered about. It’s not about reproduction either; are all of the men running around with Viagra prescriptions of ‘breeding age?’ No, it’s about SENSATION, it’s about pleasure. Women don’t need pleasure themselves in order to serve the needs of men and make babies. Those are their only legitimate functions and the rest can be safely ignored. And is. Take a look at the materials, look how much science is pointed at male stimulation, male erectile dysfunction, etc. Then ask about comparable studies on women, and listen to the crickets chirp. Please do NOT try to imply there is not a systemic, endemic societal repression of women. And friend, your last sentence actually sounds enough like sarcasm that for a moment I thought your entire entry was satire. Instead it just shows a lack of knowledge of the reality, the true breadth and scope, of sexual bigotry in the US, and elsewhere.

    • Caging

      June 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm Reply

      Totally agree. More articles like this and most importantly more education for women to respect and understand their bodies and taught by women who know and understand it.

    • Spirit

      July 1, 2013 at 10:20 pm Reply

      Yes, I agree with all you say and it is shocking and true. But let us not forget that the majority of men in the US are genitally mutilated at birth with their foreskins (one the most sensitive parts of the male body) removed by being gouged away from the glands and then cut off to the deafening screams of their infant owners and with the agreement of the mothers and fathers. The foreskin is then sold by the doctors for high prices for top-end women’s cosmetics. Many babies die as the result of infection and this is the reason the barbaric practice was stopped in the UK many years ago. The shaft of the penis is the most sensitive part and the area used for stimulation to reach climax not, as is often assumed, the head of the penis. Reaching climax via the head of the penis alone is actually quite difficult. So the oppression isn’t limited to women alone. Any research done on men in the US will most likely have been done on mutilated men, but mutilated men. So any conclusions drawn about sexual function are likely to be severely compromised.

    • Lauren

      July 3, 2013 at 5:10 am Reply

      I know your comment is very old by internet standards… but I just wanted to discuss what you wrote anyway. The penis isn’t getting any more attention than the vagina is getting. The clitoris is definitely being overlooked, though. I just don’t think it is the “patriarchy’s” fault, though. We want to reproduce. We want to ensure our genes are passed on. The only way that is accomplished is by having children. Since we understand orgasm to be extremely pleasurable and that it is only brought on by vigorous sexual activity; we made the assumption that the purpose of the orgasm is to inspire and reward the act of intercourse. However, that seems to be only true for the male.

      Intercourse is pleasurable for women because the internal parts of the clitoris are stimulated, the orgasm is most easily attained by external stimulation of the clitoris. I have no idea why we are that way. I don’t know if men ate women out back in the day to make sure they were ready for intercourse and that is why. I don’t know why evolution wouldn’t place the most sensitive part of the clitoris inside the vagina so that orgasm can be easily reached by both parties during the important act of intercourse and thus ensure both parties have equal interest in propagating the human race.

      The rest of your rambling is unbelievably presumptive. Men get their testicles removed if cancer is suspected. Women get their uterus removed if cancer is suspected.

      And, did you seriously just claim at the end that women without a uterus can reproduce? Yeah sure, and men without testicles can fertilize eggs. *rolls eyes*

      • cheli

        August 8, 2013 at 3:23 am Reply

        Ever heard of an ectopic pregnancy? They’re incredibly dangerous and obviously not the ideal or desired way to conceive, but children have been born that way. Just by virtue of their existence, you cannot say that women without a uterus cannot carry children.

        And by the way you worded that…women without a uterus CAN reproduce, through a surrogate. It’s called gestational surrogacy.

      • Some guy I dunno.

        August 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm Reply

        Are you f’n kidding? The clitoris is overlooked… Please. What do you think I spent the majority of my adolescent life researching and the majority of my 18-30’s doing field research on? =)

      • Trey

        August 27, 2013 at 7:33 pm Reply

        Lauren, thank you for your eloquent redirection back on topic!

    • Def

      August 27, 2013 at 4:04 am Reply

      I really think the truth is we are much more of a capitalist society than a patriarch. The sad reality is that money is the strongest driving force in medicine, politics, industry and research. I don’t think there is as much of a bias as you are claiming.

  • Trom Bone

    December 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm Reply

    Wonderful article, but I disagree with the premise that the clitoris “exist for the sole purpose of providing pleasure,” because pleasure is a necessity for a woman to *want* to have sex. Pleasure is probably THE prime motivator for seeking sex.

    • Lori Koonce

      January 11, 2012 at 11:31 pm Reply


      You seem to be missing the point.. The penis has the urethera, which allows it to piss. It has parts to keep the pissing and the ejaculation from happening at the same time as well. So it has a dual purpose.

      Can you give me any other medically valid reason for the clitoris to exist?

      • Ashleigh

        February 2, 2012 at 12:35 am Reply

        Just curious Lori by what you mean by “medically valid reason.”

      • Diane Moffatt

        May 21, 2013 at 6:57 pm Reply

        Given that male bodies are based on female bodies structurally – if females had no clitoris males would have no pleasure from their penises. The parts are that strongly related.

      • Yvette

        July 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm Reply

        I think the point of the article was to give some insight, but to ultimately say, we don’t know enough about its “medically valid reasons to exist” because enough research has not been done in this area. For all we know, it has an abundance of “medically valid reasons to exist”.

    • Carroll

      January 14, 2012 at 5:58 am Reply

      The largest sex organ in the body…’s brain.

      • Patrick

        September 16, 2012 at 2:20 am Reply

        What about skin? It is the biggest organ so they say.

        I knew Nisha Moon’s comment would lead to a women v men shitfight.. Folks we are different get over it; it is not a competition, cooperation is much better.

    • Bill Knight

      February 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm Reply

      I am watching “Why Sex is Fun” on the Discovery Channel this evening. The subject is the female orgasm, and has a lot of this new info on the clitoris. The clitoris’ one function is to cause orgasm, orgasm in women seems to cause a pumping action that moves sperm on to the fallopian tubes. In fact the majority of sperm is routed to whichever tube is nearest the egg that is about to be (or has recently been) released from the ovaries.

      • Amy

        February 15, 2012 at 10:44 am Reply

        I saw that too Bill. Made sense to me. Pleasure and purpose!

  • Male

    December 30, 2011 at 2:20 am Reply

    Quite the feminist spin to the article, but overall a quite informative read. Well Done

    • Male

      January 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm Reply

      It’s not feminist, it’s facts of history. There is no remarkable feminist spin whatsoever, she is simply stating how progressed penile anatomy research was in comparison to clitoral. The truth about patriarchy is just unsettling.

      • Carroll

        January 14, 2012 at 6:00 am Reply

        Your comment, Male, just adds to how I feel about patriarchy generally. Patriarchy….socially and within religion, is what’s wrong with our society in the first place. Unless I’m unenlightened about your assessment, I’m reading that you believe that WHAT truth about patriarch, is “just unsettling.” In what way?/

        • Ashleigh

          February 2, 2012 at 12:45 am Reply

          I like this discussion of patriarchy but let’s get a good working definition, shall we?

          Patriarchy: patriarchy |ˈpātrēˌärkē|
          noun ( pl. -archies)
          a system of society or government in which the father or eldest male is head of the family and descent is traced through the male line.
          • a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.
          • a society or community organized in this way.

          In feminism, this term is typically used to describe a system in which men are the dominate group. This means that the system itself exists primarily for their benefit (not negating that other groups can still obtain some benefits but not most of them) and is set up in order to maintain the status quo of men being the dominate group. This system requires that there are intricate working sub-systems (e.g. racism, agism, classism to name a few) that operate to govern all groups within the patriarchal system to maintain that system. This is a hegemonic system that depends upon separation and categorization of people into perceived and reinforced groups, such as women, men, minorities, etc. As evident from the group labels, these groupings can be based upon sex, gender, race, age, class/income status, sexual orientation, etc. What is important to remember is that even if a person does not personally ascribe to a group label, that person can still be grouped according to an outside perception and treated as such.

          A really good read that will aid in understanding power dynamics is Michel Foucault’s “Discipline and Punish.”

          • Ken

            February 26, 2012 at 4:30 am

            Awesome! So glad you broke it down with a definition.
            Dissembling is much more difficult when terms are clearly defined.

  • Neurogasm

    December 30, 2011 at 3:49 am Reply

    This explains so much…

  • Sandra

    December 31, 2011 at 12:33 am Reply

    Wow, this is really very interesting!! Do you have any sources, particularly for the pictures? I’d like to read more about this.

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  • Jessi Ellegood

    January 4, 2012 at 11:36 am Reply

    Bookmarked! Thanks for an amazing post, will read your others posts.

  • PS

    January 7, 2012 at 3:55 am Reply

    I found this fascinating and informative. Especially loved Betty’s video. However, I’m curious that there is no mention of the G-spot. How does it tie in to these explanations? I’ve read before that the G-spot may be the internal portion of the clitoris — is that what this is getting at?

    • Howard

      January 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm Reply

      I noticed that there was no mention of the G spot, too. I would like to know more about that. Tantric teachings say that the g spot is your minus pole and that the clit is the plus pole of your sexuality. i.e. g spot sexual feeling is receptive and clitoral is outwards oriented. Interesting debate

      • Stella Jane

        January 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm Reply

        As an older woman who has been to “California” and “tantric” events, I must say I never could understand WHAT people were talking about the G-spot. It did NOT seem a SPOT to me, and a lot of the TANTRIC teachers seemed aloof to me, in essense saying “WE know more about your body, are sexier…” and that’s why you are here so give us $$$.
        There was also MUCH study done there in “workshops” about the three kinds of fluid ejaculates that women have. No mention of any of these in print/medicine that I know of, but one woman taught quite a few to do the GUSHING one, just by this explanation: When a person is becoming sexually involved, their body gives the mind little bits of excitement from its perceptions. The mind accepts /rejects these and adds them up until orgasm occurs. Got it? OKAY. So when a woman is doing that, she can ALSO notice which pieces the MAN is getting / adding to his excitement and which he is missing!!! When HIS excitement becomes a good match for HERS, fluid can flow repeatedly in gushes from the vagina, essentially welcoming the man to enter. Not talking about the slippery gel formed vaginally during the ovulatory part of the mooncycle. This is MUCH more copious, liquid and sweet smelling.

      • Stace

        March 5, 2012 at 2:11 am Reply

        See what I stated to PS about that.

      • tnfsinger

        March 6, 2012 at 5:03 am Reply

        This article is fascinating and explains a LOT. If you are asking about the G Spot, it is pretty obvious. Just look at the diagram again. Yes, it IS stimulating the internal clitoris. Also, if you notice, though this article doesn’t mention it, there appears to be part of the clitoris that extends parallel to the anus. Very informative.

    • Stace

      March 5, 2012 at 2:10 am Reply

      Yes, the article is saying that G-Spot orgasms are clitoral orgasms. A G-Spot orgasm is a vaginal orgasm after all; that’s what most researchers are talking about when they mention/discuss vaginal orgasms. There’s also reliable information about all of this on Wikipedia (from reliable sources in their references sections).

    • Britt

      May 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm Reply

      The “g-spot” is not just one spot. It is where the vaginal wall and the clitoris hit each…they press up against each other and make the woman orgasm. This happens most the time at the front wall of the vagina where it’s easiest to meet the internal clitoris. Everyone here should watch the documentary…”Why Sex is Fun.” It will talk more about the internal clitoris and the myths about the “g spot”

      • Some other guy

        June 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm Reply

        You raise an interesting point- the “front wall of the vagina” is often regarded as the most accessable point for the internal clitoris (or “g-spot”). However, looking at the sonogram photo: “internal erect clitoris”, one would observe that the internal clitiris is seemingly at it’s furthest from the vagina at this point. The most notable obstruction would have to be the urethra.

        To be sure, I’m not disagreeing with you (and in fact, based on my own meanderings with the fairer sex, I would agree with you) however I can’t seem to reconcile the distance between these two organs. Has anyone thought about this? Perhaps it is caginal stimulation had caused the bladder itself to contact the internal clitoris? Just a thought… Don’t beat me up if that’s moronic 😉

        • Some other guy

          June 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm Reply

          My mistake! I didn’t look closely enough… Clitoris envelops the Urethra. Thought it merely straddled it. Disregard!

  • smieszne reklamy

    January 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm Reply

    Greatly written post, keep it going!

  • Zb

    January 8, 2012 at 5:44 am Reply

    Great article! Arguably, every sense organ could be described as having evolved for the purpose of seeking pleasure — that is, safety, food, shelter, and sex. It depends how narrowly you choose to define pleasure, I guess! The clitoris does seem to be highly specialized, but I’d be surprised if we didn’t find other evolutionary “goals” for the clit. Given how science has ignored it for so long, it seems likely with further study that we’ll find reasons in addition to sexual pleasure for the existence of the clitoris.

    • Rhea

      January 17, 2012 at 2:24 am Reply

      Evolutionary goal: to encourage reproduction.

  • Jools

    January 8, 2012 at 6:02 am Reply

    Thanks to the “design” of the clitoris women who have suffered FGM are able to have surgery and restore sensitivity.


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  • Carol

    January 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm Reply

    I learnt most of what you said in my Women’s Studies but I never understood the physical structure of the clitoris before this so thank you so much for the diagrams!

  • Susan

    January 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm Reply

    What I want to know is, how is that stimulation of my nipples is felt in my clitoris?

    • Paul Blair

      January 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm Reply

      You are of one body. Mind and body are one. (that goes for both sexes)

    • Stella Jane

      January 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm Reply

      GOOD QUESTION!!!! Any woman who has nursed has felt her uterus contract due to the stimulation of the nipples. Some women actually orgasm during nursing…. The entire concept of orgasm is, in my opinion, the body’s way of lubricating and re-sensitizing the entire body so it can RELAX and HEAL. But how exactly it does that, good question…..

      • Sourire

        January 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm Reply

        Hi Stella Jane,

        One major reason why uterine contractions occur during breastfeeding is due to the release of oxytocin. Oxytocin is a smooth muscle stimulation hormone, and it acts primarily on the smooth muscles of the uterus and the mammary glands. I’d encourage you to look up more about oxytocin, its a fascinating hormone :)

    • Stace

      March 5, 2012 at 2:15 am Reply

      Susan, the Wikipedia article on orgasm has information about that.

  • Anne

    January 9, 2012 at 1:00 am Reply

    Great article! I was just wondering if you know any books or websites giving tips on how to properly stimulate the entire clitoris to achieve orgasm? Thanks!

    • KickinGuyat59

      January 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm Reply

      That is the main question, though amazingly incredibly ignored. It is fascinating to know the anatomy, but putting the knowledge to good use to learn how to really please your partner would be that secret knowledge we all are looking for. I hope the author answers the question, Anne!

      • Stace

        March 5, 2012 at 2:19 am Reply

        All women are different, as the author says, but most women are able to orgasm by rubbing (fingers or otherwise) or oral stimulation against their clitoris.

  • Davis R Joseph

    January 9, 2012 at 10:35 pm Reply

    Quite an enlightening blog. My wish is that these revelations about our humanity would not generate “sex wars”. In a world of far less technology (which has done well to equalize the sexes), I assure your readers that, had the woman been, typically, the physically stronger of the two, men today would have had the same “neglect” complaints today. Our complexities are not so easily understood by the majority and so we should expect a steep learning curve… Now we know better!

  • Eve Minax

    January 10, 2012 at 1:59 am Reply

    Wonderful! and I adore Betty. A living Icon:)

  • Sandy

    January 10, 2012 at 4:10 am Reply

    Great article. I’ve always known that there was something “behind my clit” which responded wildly to pressure and manipulation, but I had no idea it encompassed quite so large an area. Betty Dodson’s video presentation also made this extremely easy to follow and visualize. I’m bookmarking this site and going to look for other articles by the writer.

    I hate to be the one to do this, but the error nettled me all the way through: It’s Princess Marie BONAPARTE (not Bonepart); she was a great-great-niece of Napoleon.

  • dragonqueen

    January 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm Reply

    Unfortunately the anatomy books in Med Schools still don’t reflect his new knowledge. The faulty anatomy was taught to my daughter during Gross Anatomy during her first year as a medical student not long ago as it was to me in the 1980ies. Helen O’Connell’s groundbreaking work is neglected and not easy to get hold of.

  • James

    January 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm Reply

    “hopefully nice LITTLE inner lips”???? I can’t believe she said this. Way to make every woman who has large inner labia feel inadequate. Personally I LOVE big lips. Labiaplasty is a such an unfortunate practice perpetuated by ignorant attitudes towards a woman’s vulva. Just sayin.

    • some guy

      January 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm Reply

      I can’t believe she said that either… because she didn’t…
      she said “hopefully nice FULL ones, they’re my favorite”
      …i think your bias is showing?

  • Gayatri

    January 11, 2012 at 2:53 am Reply

    I find it completely weird how feminist ‘spins’ are seen as potentially obfuscating figuring out fact, rather than (as it has done in this case) facilitating getting closer to the truth, or pointing out where society has missed it.

  • Gayatri

    January 11, 2012 at 3:04 am Reply

    Also, check out Nancy Tuana’s paper ‘Coming to Understand: Orgasm and the Epistemology of Ignorance’. I think you’ll find it interesting.

  • Odessa Bennett

    January 11, 2012 at 10:59 pm Reply

    Thanks you so much for sharing! What an enlightening article! Also love the video.

  • Lynne Goodman

    January 14, 2012 at 12:47 am Reply

    Interesting, the shape of the clitoris is the same as the shape of the symbol for woman!!!!

  • alizard

    January 16, 2012 at 9:14 am Reply

    Now that we know where it really is, how can we use that information to make it possible to stimulate it best?

  • Amused One

    January 16, 2012 at 8:55 pm Reply

    As a long-time fan of the clitoris and all of its splendor, I cannot begin to express how ecstatic I am to discover this. I continue to be fascinated by the female body, love to learn more, and look forward to putting what I learn to use.


  • Thomas Zychowski

    January 17, 2012 at 1:09 am Reply

    Well this will make allot of woman happy!

    • Stella Jane

      January 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm Reply

      YAY for saying that! It’s the most important part. The reward of being sensitive enough to do everything that a woman does well.
      Amen and Ahhhwomen.

  • curious george

    January 17, 2012 at 7:01 am Reply

    Hi, how does g-spot fit into the picture in light of this new research?

    • Stace

      March 5, 2012 at 2:24 am Reply

      Since the G-Spot is a “vaginal orgasm,” it is a part of the clitoris, according to most researchers.

  • Maren

    January 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm Reply

    And a lot of men too! Generally, if she’s not happy in the bedroom, he won’t be nearly as often as he’d otherwise wish.

  • ioldanach

    January 17, 2012 at 11:39 pm Reply

    This is an excellent, fascinating article, thanks! I’m curious about the positions of the inner ends of the clitoris as compared to the rectum. That would be an interesting addition to the images.

  • Myself

    January 18, 2012 at 1:13 am Reply


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  • Ckunts4Proffit

    January 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm Reply

    Ok what if its your relationship problems not his lack of vaginal knowledge or the current ‘males are dumb’ culture in western Civ…

    PS i love pussies and they love me back

  • Bruce Cain

    January 19, 2012 at 12:51 am Reply

    This reminds me of the Socratic dialog where these “philosophers” are arguing about how many teeth are in the mouth of an ass. Finally one of the debators simply says. “why don’t we just go out and count them.”

    And that is exactly what this definative work does. It allows us to see it as it is. Zen sex for dummies..

    I have been fortunate to enjoy a life playing in a band at a young age, growing up in the eye of hippiedom (14 in 1968), experienceing a myraid of sensual experience (sex, lsd, mescaline, cannabis, mushrooms, music) and fortunately finding myself in a loving marraiage — 35 years and counting. So though I might be close to death at 58 (not really to my knowledge) I have had ample time to fill my head up with quite a bit of experiential carnal knowledge.

    And though I’ve intuitively figured out to make most of these contraptions “optimise” I was under the impression that vaginal orgams, for instance, were the result of indirectly related nerve endings. I never thought it was really “all” clitoris.

    So I suppose, from now on I will have to think of the clitoris as a “hot iceburg” . . . where most of the mass lies under the surface. Of course the concept is inverse in so many respects. When you rub a regular iceburg it melts. When you rub a ‘hot iceburg” properly it tends to engorge and hopefully cum to life: grinding away till the wee hours of the night. LOL.

    LOL. Great article. And this is why we need to preserve a free, unemcombered internet.

  • in bed with married women

    January 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm Reply

    I completely loved this. Re-blogged, giving you a link. How could I have gone so friggin’ long without knowing this?!?!?

  • woman, 50

    January 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm Reply

    Copied my teenagers; awesome article; thanks…

  • H

    January 20, 2012 at 2:56 am Reply

    Well that explains a LOT. So great to see the things myself and my partners have discovered being legitimized and explained like this!

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  • meat50

    January 22, 2012 at 4:10 am Reply

    Thank you for all this knowledge!

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  • RSP

    January 23, 2012 at 9:13 am Reply

    What a revalation! Having for years derived pleasure from feeling my partners arousal and organism but not really having a visual of the internal pleasure points this article is wounderous

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  • Pinkie B.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm Reply

    OMFG! This is amazing, and it explains so much! I want every woman in the world to see this!

  • Sam

    January 25, 2012 at 3:12 pm Reply

    This is all a shock to me, and it makes so much sense now. But I was curious, if the clitoris wraps around the vagina is it possible for it to get damaged while a women is giving birth? And if so could it lose sensitivity permanently?

    • Stace

      March 5, 2012 at 2:32 am Reply

      Sam, only the clitoral legs extend that far; it’s not the main body of the clitoris wrapping around the vagina, so the clitoris will not be damaged. Neither will the clitoral legs, for that matter. Think about it, have you heard of damage to the clitoris in this way thus far? Besides that, the vagina contains relatively few nerve endings, which makes child birth significantly less painful than it would be otherwise.

  • Obman

    January 30, 2012 at 5:52 am Reply

    I guess the internal clitors may extend more than described in this article. Some people say that they have extreme orgasm with uterus sex. Uterosex is quite controversial, but if it is true, then the internal clitoris should extend near around the uterus.

  • Raquel

    January 30, 2012 at 6:06 pm Reply

    This is great and very informative! It’s sad to think people still practice female circumcision…

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  • Gommy

    February 9, 2012 at 12:39 am Reply

    I think then, that the mysterious g-spot must actually be part of the clitoris. If I’m understanding the images correctly, it should be at the center of the clitoris. If the entire clit is like a starfish with five extensions, the the g-spot ought to be the center of it.

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  • Tiffany

    February 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm Reply

    This is a good article. Orgasms are as important as food in my opinion and not a lot of information is dedicated to the female orgasm. I love the female orgasm!

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  • Catherine Poloynis

    February 14, 2012 at 10:56 pm Reply

    This is a great article. I read Kinsey’s book decades ago, which verified what I already suspected about the mythology of vaginal orgasm being the ‘right’ way. This 3-D sonography explains the multiple loci of stimulation and response. I can’t believe no one has figured this out before now…a profound demonstration of how sexism permeates society. Thank you for the education.

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  • Mr. Brown

    February 19, 2012 at 4:46 am Reply

    This leads me to believe women either love anal (done right), or haven’t tried it yet

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  • Shawn Roop

    February 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm Reply

    Interesting reading, both article and posts. Being a teacher of Tantra, its interesting because the body of a woman is home to internal mystery. The place where creation and the universe lives. The internal nature clitoris meets with this idea. The crus is where the power of a womans sexuality feeds her internal masculine and feminine, sending energy deep within giving a more complete feeling toward all aspects of life.

    Also in a post, I hear that biggest sex organ is the mind. I know modern sex study offers this. But can any human disagree with the pure fact the skin is the largest sex organ? The mind is tiny next to the pure pleasure the skin offers. But, maybe thats because my personal journey is to explore spiritual sex and all it offers and stay embodied rather then be in fantasy, not
    that there is anything wrong with fantasy. =)

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    March 9, 2012 at 7:51 am Reply

    blossom of life

  • Tara Gasta

    March 11, 2012 at 11:41 am Reply

    Thank you so much for this article, drawings, and the video! I’ve known about the internal clitoris for a couple of years, and the video by the artist, Betty, drawing it is awesome. I’ve passed this link on to several female friends, and now let’s get it to the men.

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  • Morgan

    March 15, 2012 at 6:16 pm Reply

    I am wondering one thing that is a little… out there. It is a tad disgusting for some to consider, but i am wondering if the internal part of the clitoris could possibly be accessed through anal intercourse? It is an interesting question at the very least.

  • AWOL Gina

    March 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm Reply

    Loved this article & the concluding video is priceless. I’ve recently learned more about the female prostrate gland, another part of the female anatomy that men & scientists have known existed but denied it, didn’t study it & often made the women who ejaculate from it believe they were urinating freaks instead. If only our genitals had been covered in such depth at the males. I do my part in getting the information out there, helping to educate both men and women, about their sexuality & genitalia. I have a suspicion that men did not research the female parts out of envy for how much more involved & responsive the female genitalia are.
    Also knew there were very sensitive areas that were not located at the glans at all, that felt like clitoral stimulation & orgasms, so I’m happy to see my thoughts confirmed. I’ll be back for more & I shared this out all over. Thanks! :)

  • Geoff

    March 21, 2012 at 4:19 am Reply

    Fascinating read … thank you :-)

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  • Paula

    March 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm Reply

    Wonderful! It’s about time this information became more widely discussed. Understanding that the clitoris is in effect a penis, only mostly internal, helps both men and women too understand how to stimulate it more effectively. And helps us to understand why most women need direct stimulation of the head or frenulum of their clitoris, best achieved by their own fingers, in order to orgasm during intercourse. Expecting a woman to orgasm through intercourse alone is like expecting a man to orgasm by only stimulating the base of his penis. It might happen for some men but would take a long time for most just as it does for most women. Most men need adequate stimulation of both the base and head of the penis and ditto women. And yet how often do you see this discussed or see sexual images of women with their fingers on their clitoris’s while they are being penetrated?
    Maybe we need some new terminology to better describe female genitals? Medically it’s becoming known as “the Clitorourethrovaginal Complex”. A bit of long-winded I agree! How about “the Clitorovagina”? That may help us all to understand the interconnectedness of what is still considered to be 2 separate sexual entities. (the clitoris and the vagina)
    For those who want to read more about this fascinating subject the Wikipedia entry for “the clitoris” is a good place to start. Or try for the MRI report of Dr. Helen O’Connell’s research. A book called “The Clitoral Truth” by Rebecca Chaulker is great. As are any writings by Shere Hite.

    • Paula

      March 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm Reply

      that should have been – A bit long-winded I agree. Not – a bit of long-winded.

    • PCD

      December 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm Reply

      “Expecting a woman to orgasm through intercourse alone is like expecting a man to orgasm by only stimulating the base of his penis.”

      Some women do orgasm through intercourse alone. And, if fact, some men, including me, can orgasm by only stimulating the base of the penis. I’ve only recently discovered this wonderful fact. The orgasm does not include full ejaculation but feels better and more intense than a typical ejaculatory orgasm, can be full body, can last for several minutes and does not introduce a refractory period (multiple, mind blowing, body shaking orgasms are easy). My best guess is that it’s actually stimulating the internal part of the penis which is the same tissue as the clitoris). Sometimes the feeling is immediate, sometimes it takes a couple minutes of stimulation for the good feelings to kick in. Try it, he’ll like it.

      • Nick

        February 9, 2015 at 4:10 am Reply

        Thanks for the information – wonderful feelings indeed. A warm heat pad applied to the area gets the feelings kicking in faster. Fits perfectly into my solo Karezza practice, where I prefer a milder, but long level of sensations (instead of ejaculation).

  • firewater

    March 24, 2012 at 8:34 am Reply

    A good text with good informations, but not enough.
    So we don`t know the size of the internal clit if it is flaccid and how much by a sexual arousal. How much do the clitoris enlarge inside by an erection??
    Why there is no interest for such to know?
    Also it would be interesting to know, where exactly women have the most sexual pleasure at the clitoris.
    Is it the glans or the area directly below of the glans? And if it is the glans, is it the front side or the back.side?
    Btw, by us men we have the most nerves inside the foreskin, so we have more nerve.points there, than in the glans. That`s the reason why we have more pleasure directly below the glans – at the back.side – than we have it at the glans.
    By women it seems to be in such a difference to men.

    • Diane Moffatt

      May 21, 2013 at 7:09 pm Reply

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    I was also raped as a teenager, including being raped with a knife that left a set of rather nasty deep lacerations that required internal stitching.

    Is it possible that my internal clitoris was severed from the rest, and I’ve been missing something for the last 25 years or so? If so, is it worth considering the possibility of repair now? (I was a virgin at the time of the assault, with almost no sexual experience before that.)

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    In response to several comments regarding the possibility of stimulating the inner clitoris with anal sex —

    Yes, this is possible. I have achieved an orgasm this way on many occassions, often without any prior vaginal sex or stimulation of the external clitoral glans. It produces a really intense organsm, more intense than I usually experience during vaginal sex.

    I should point out that for me at least, it only appears to be possible when I am on top and facing my partner (in other words, how you would expect a woman to be conventionally positioned when sitting or lying on top), which makes perfect sense when you consider the angle. However, I can only orgasm during vaginal sex when I’m on top as well, so perhaps we ought not discount the likelihood that this is just how my body is. I feel that this angle may not work if you don’t usually orgasm in the ‘on top’ position. I am also a naturally oversensitive person I think, since I often experience multiple orgasms, and very receptive to touch. But if you achieve orgasmic satisfaction when on top during vaginal sex *and* you are open to the idea of practising anal sex, then trust me, give it a try!

    I would like to say that I don’t practise anal sex anymore because I simply don’t enjoy it in any other position than when I’m on top, and also because my current partner does not want to try it. But each to their own. There’s nothing wrong with exploring your body.

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  • Marianne

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    Excellent piece, thanks for writing!

    I thought your point about the surgeons working to help women who have undergone genital mutilation was very pertinent.
    The lack of research into female sexuality is shocking, let us hope that some small positive can come out of such a barbaric practice; education people, and helping victims.

    I think, though, there are other parallels that are missing – and in an article about female sex organs, it’s perhaps fair that they are missed.
    Without wanting to sound like a what-about-the-men annoying person, I’ve been researching male genital mutilation alongside female genital mutilation for about 7 years and it’s something that really gets to me.

    There’s very little education and information about the male foreskin; you’ve rightly compared directly the clitoral glans to the glans penis; they are indeed analogous. But, the hood of the clitoris, which is removed in female circumcision (any other alteration to the vulva or vagina would come under female genital mutilation as well, but not circumcision; circumcision means to cut around, and it’s the removal of the foreskin/hood, for either sex) is analogous to the male foreskin. The male foreskin has about 20,000 nerve endings, which are qualitatively different from those in the glans, which are mainly pressure-sensitive and not fine-touch sensitive (like those in the lips or fingertips are, similar to the foreskin nerves).

    This lack of understanding of such a sensitive part of the penis leads so many people to think it’s fine to cut it off. Not so. Just as it is unbelievably wrong to interfere with a woman’s sexual organs, I would love to see an end to people needlessly hacking off the most pleasurable part of a man-to-be’s body.

    What kind of psychological impact does this have? Sex is not as it should be, mother-child bonding is affected, breastfeeding impaired, many self-reported cases of PTSD. And why not? Let’s protect the rights of all children to intact genitals and “sex as nature intended it”.

    Perhaps, when we stop thinking of sex as taboo and failing to educate each other about those parts of our bodies, such horrors won’t be inflicted on children and we’ll have far more well-adjusted adults amongst us.

    Sorry for going slightly off-topic, but I think it’s all relevant; children are very similar, we all develop our vaguely different organs from the same embryonic tissue – I think it’s a travesty that anyone defends anybody’s “right” to take any of that away from someone else. Their body, their choice!

    • JK

      July 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm Reply

      While I agree with you that male circumcision is a problem best solved by stopping the practice, it was developed in the first place and is still continued partly for the purpose of preventing infections. Now, of course boys can be taught to properly wash and in the West they normally have the indoor plumbing to do so. Hence my agreement with dispensing of the practice as a general rule.
      But please be aware that the excision of the clitoris or labia has no health purpose whatsoever. It is a practice purely for the sake of social control of girls and women. It severely impacts a girl’s health for the rest of her life, not just her pleasure.
      That is why you find more passionate activism around female genital mutilation than on male circumcision. They are similar but not the same.

      • David

        August 4, 2013 at 1:46 am Reply

        That’s the story that’s told, but it’s not really true. Modern circumcision was started a little over a century ago, with the intent of containing male sexuality, to make men less sexually aggressive and to make it harder for them to masturbate. The mythical “health” benefits were thrown in as an afterthought to make the plan more viable politically. In fact, we still use the word “circumcise” to mean “make less potent.” That should tell you something.

        Both male and female genital mutilation derive from the same general, seemingly universal, hangups about sex. Specifically, the fear that a strong sex drive will overwhelm an individual’s self-control. I don’t think that it’s useful to distinguish between the two.

    • David

      August 4, 2013 at 2:34 am Reply

      Hi Marianne. I just wanted to thank you for your comment here. I know it was a year ago, but I’m just reading all this now. (Although I’m somewhat intrigued by your feeling that you need to apologize for being concerned about men. We’re people too. It’s okay to be concerned about us). Not many people care about Male Genital Mutilation, and I always appreciate it when I encounter someone who does. I’m amazed at how invisible MGM is in our society, hiding in plain sight. It’s just thought of as “fixing a mistake of nature.” I never even remotely noticed it until all of a sudden about 5 years ago it hit me like a ton of bricks. And ever since then I’ve been acutely aware of my missing foreskin. And of course it’s not just the foreskin that’s removed, but about half of the skin of the penis goes along with it, which radically changes the mechanics of sex. Whenever I’m with a woman, I can’t help envying her intact sex organs, and feeling mutilated and somewhat inadequate in comparison.

      And it’s quite amazing how after the fact we buy into and perpetuate this. People think I’m crazy when I object to circumcision. It’s like we just don’t want to go there and accept the truth about what has been done to us. Similarly, with FGM, it’s apparently primarily the women who insist on perpetuating the practice. In a way it reminds me of fraternity hazing, where there’s this thought pattern of “they did it to me, so I’m going to do it to someone else,” but submerged into the subconscious.

      As you probably know, circumcision started in the late 19th century as an effort to contain male sexuality, to make men less dangerous and sexually aggressive. This is a reflection of a societal belief that persists to this day, namely that male sexuality is bad, unwelcome, and above all, dangerous. As a man, I have internalized it, and still struggle to overcome it. It is the natural analog of the “good girls are asexual” message that girls are fed. (Although the latter is very much a mixed message, at least in modern Western society, which very explicitly celebrates female sexuality. This must be very confusing for girls to sort out).

      And particularly in the context of all of the male vs. female comments here, I think it’s very important to understand that in these sexual matters, we’re all really pretty much the same. We’re all victims of the same societal hangups, and we all perpetuate those same hangups, even as the form of the hangups changes over time. I think that if we stopped trying to find someone to blame for it, so that we can direct rage at them, and instead tried to feel empathy for both ourselves and those of the other sex, with their similar but quite different issues, then we might be able to make some headway in learning how to not pass all this on to our children.

    • steve danner

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      Thanks, Marianne, for talking about circumcision. It’s only fair to realize that while many women feel they aren’t given their due, sexually, I and most western men have had the most sensitive part of our penises ripped off at birth. No amount of sexual enlightenment can replace that, and some of us feel damaged to the point that we don’t feel worthy of having lovers. More women than ever will choose men with all their parts as being better lovers. If women want better men, they can have some compassion and become active in putting an end to this barbaric practice.

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      That is interesting, but I find the exact opposite is true with me, it is far more difficult to impossible for me to orgasm when my legs are open, and when I masturbate, it is with them tightly closed..I guess it’s a case of “different strokes for different folks”..literally!

      And as far as the issue of male circumcision is concerned vs female circumcision, AT LEAST THE MALE CAN STILL ORGASM WITH A CIRCUMCISION, WHICH IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR A FEMALE, AND TO ME THAT IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE. No matter what the arguments are for the “quality” of the male orgasm, at least it is still achievable after circumcision for a man, but for a woman, all ability for an orgasm is removed. That, in my book makes a female mutiliation FAR WORSE.

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    I discovered this page about 2/3 months ago and things started making a lot more sense to me. I had always managed to achieve orgasm through clitoral stimulation but after reading this I feel I got to know my body a whole lot better and just 2 weeks ago I achieved my first vaginal orgasm through penetration (penile intercourse) alone with no clitoral stimulation. I am 30 years old and have been sexually active since age 16, I have been with my husband for 7 years. I wasn’t sure at first if this was a true vaginal orgasm as it did feel different from a clitoral one, however there is definitely no mistaking it now…I simply can’t get enough of it! It is like something inside me has woken up and I feel like screaming from the roof-tops. This stuff has got to be true, it makes total sense to me now that the clitoris is much bigger than we think. The type of orgasm i was getting through clitoral stimulation alone was short and intense and very much a release and a great feeling just before the release and during, the vaginal one in comparison is totally different and is more of a whole body and mind experience which leaves me completely relaxed, much like a chemical drug.

    I would like to thank the people who wrote this as I think it is very informative. I would also like to urge women out there who have never experienced this type of orgasm to go get it, you CAN do just haven’t learned how yet! Firstly I think you need to be very much in love with your partner and very much in the mood for sex as well as relaxed and confident. The sex we have been having is very different now, its less ‘in and out’ and more ‘pressure in the right place’ we have been going much deeper and rocking to apply pressure (not friction!) in the right area’s of my abdomen. This completely makes sense when you feel it and look at this picture as we were applying the pressure against the ‘inside clit’ the bit we cant usually see or feel. I somehow in my head thought it would be about friction, like it is with a clitoral orgasm, but it’s the pressure. Anyways we have been at it like rabbits ever since and I have come each time this way and I honestly feel like my whole life is perfect now, everyone should try this but I can’t stress enough that I think it has to be with someone you love and trust wholeheartedly and I don’t know if my age has something to do with it, like I say I am 30 now so maybe hitting a peak. In any event, it’s awesome :) So thank you betty for your great drawing and thank you melodiousmsm for this article, I have lived my whole life never knowing that this existed in my own body and finding it has changed everything for the better!

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    • Dean

      September 2, 2013 at 10:16 am Reply

      Either needs to be someone you are very turned on by or someone with a lot of girth?

  • Rigga Mortis

    May 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm Reply

    A woman’s body is not designed for action, BUT LOV’N.

    Structure describes action. It is obvious they were made for male pleasure and visual appeal and God made men to be stimulated visually. That is why nature is colorful, beautiful and symmetrical.

    Everything was made for man’s pleasure. Imagine that? Man is a special creation of God.

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    June 28, 2013 at 11:45 pm Reply

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  • The meaning of life

    June 29, 2013 at 8:23 am Reply

    […] Apparently, according to the sbs show last night, The roots of the clitoris are in the G spot. The Internal Clitoris "One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness […]

  • shamana

    July 1, 2013 at 7:05 am Reply

    You may have mentioned it in other papers. The fact that anatomy books for doctors used a male anatomy up unitl the 1950’s. Maybe even later in the 60’s. Cant remember exactly. I heard in a radio doco about 10 years ago and was astounded. In dissection in class they only used male corpses.

  • "הדגדגן הפנימי"

    July 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm Reply

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  • loz

    July 2, 2013 at 5:30 am Reply

    I could have sworn all of this was common knowledge.
    I guess I’m doing something right/paying attention.

  • John Kelly

    July 4, 2013 at 6:25 pm Reply

    Wow, what a fascinating article. I wish I’d learned all this in high school!

  • […] The Internal Clitoris. […]

  • Mandy

    July 6, 2013 at 7:35 am Reply

    I thought the clitoris did have a purpose in reproduction. When the female orgasms, her cervix contractions are needed to pull semen into the cervical opening allowing a better chance of conception.

  • MarieSoledad

    July 11, 2013 at 8:34 pm Reply

    Sorry if my english is poor 😉
    Some of this things i knew yet. But the dimension how it all works together was overwhelming.
    I showed this to my best male friend/lover, who is my ex-boyfriend (2 years together).
    He always use to say, sex is his hobby. Not to have sex with many women, but to talk about it, discuss about it, hear experience reports. He says, he’s always learning. And he get the greatest fun and satsfaction at giving his partner as much enjoyment and good feelings as possible.
    What a man! When we met and fell in love he was 20 years old an he awaked my sexuality. i had sex bevor, but i didn’t KNEW it. He gave me self confidence, self love, the love for sex und the view of a beautiful woman in the mirror, instead of a disgusting fat and unloveable “something”.
    He says, a good lover is a play-child, a man or woman who likes tho play, to experience, to find out the individual likes.
    I showed this to him and he answered me: there’s nothing new for him in this article. But now he knows WHY what he does has the effects it has.
    The world need more men like him!

    PS: The Video is adorable! =)

  • […] of the physicians who was responsible for the initial imagery, Dr. Foldes, was also one of the first to perform surgery on more than 3000 victims of clitoral […]

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  • missl

    July 30, 2013 at 4:04 am Reply

    Great read! I didnt know the clitoris extended all the way internally and that the bulb is referred to as glans.

  • Danielle

    July 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm Reply

    From what I have read, the muscle contractions during a female orgasm are intended to help sperm basically get sucked up into the body to aid in conception. Therefor, wouldn’t the clitoris actually play a part in reproduction and not just be for pleasure? I could be wrong, but this is something that I have read and it did seem to make sense to me.

    • Angel

      August 11, 2013 at 7:28 pm Reply

      @ Danielle: Actually Mary Roach has a whole chapter in her book “Bonk: The science of sex” and there were several studies that disproved the ‘suck up’ theory. In fact the amount of suction that is created is microscopic. If this were true that would mean the orgasm would be necessary for pregnancy and there are many when who have gotten pregnant without one.

  • THE INTERNAL CLITORIS | the body alive

    August 5, 2013 at 7:25 am Reply

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  • Marina

    August 11, 2013 at 1:52 am Reply

    AWESOME Article! Oddly enough, my husband was the one who turned me on (PUN INTENDED) to this post! Thank you for going so in depth in your explanation of the clitoris. How fascinating my body truly is!!

  • Kirk

    August 11, 2013 at 2:37 am Reply

    Why do people keep saying the clit is the “only” organ that solely exists for pleasure? Isn’t that what the foreskin is, too? Or “was”, in most cases.

  • Cedar Cat

    August 11, 2013 at 6:16 am Reply

    Great article! Men who are commenting. Please! Read, listen and learn. It’s not about you, really. Unless you are asking about pointers on how to pleasure your female partner, your comments and objections are simply not welcome.

  • Jason

    August 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm Reply

    It has more of a purpose than providing pleasure. Lubrication assists in reproduction both during and after sex. Clitoral stimulation assists in lubrication. Ipso facto, clitoral stimulation assists in reproduction. There is an evolutionary purpose after all.

  • Brena

    August 11, 2013 at 7:51 pm Reply

    I’m glad you finally got around to mentioning Betty Dodson. She’s been talking about this for years.

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  • Michael

    August 13, 2013 at 4:51 am Reply

    That clitoris at rest is totally rolling her eyes.

  • Another Joe

    August 13, 2013 at 8:29 pm Reply

    Men have done women grave misservice over the centuries without doubt, but we’ve also done ourselves wrong as well. Some of the most satisfying sex a man can ever have with a woman happens when they have an internal vaginal/clitoral orgasm first because it tightens and lubricates them naturally as explained in this article. Any man that has experienced this knows what I’m talking about. Sometimes the tightening can be enough to make it “feel like the first time.”
    Everybody wins when truth wins out.

    • melodiousmsm

      August 14, 2013 at 11:18 am Reply

      You. Are. Awesome. YES!!!

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  • The Internal Clitoris

    August 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm Reply

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  • Lee Griffo

    August 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm Reply

    Thanks for a great article. Has it been further explored that with this new information, the clitoris may not be strictly for fun after all? It seems that if it tightens the vagina when excited, essentially forming a band near the entrance, it could serve the evolutionary purpose of holding sperm inside the vagina to ensure conception by a favored mate. Though it has been documented a woman will lubricate even in cases of rape, I doubt the clitoris is similarly stimulated. It is an unfavorable topic to be sure (the whole female body shutting down to avoid pregnancy in cases of rape.) But that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be evolutionary accurate. Penises are designed to “bilge” out competing sperm, why couldn’t female enjoyment of the act be a conception-selective device as well? Obviously we know neither are reliable in assuring paternity, but that doesn’t rule it out as a functional organ beyond giving us our jollies. Would appreciate a response if you know of any research into this. And really, I am only a curious female, not working for the GOP in any capacity!

    • melodiousmsm

      September 6, 2013 at 6:59 pm Reply

      Great comment! My point in stating that it is the only organ with no other purpose except pleasure, is simply that a man must get an erection and copulate in order to ejaculate so that he may fertilize an egg naturally. This explains why the Catholic church is fine covering Viagra for men via insurance, yet they have such an issues with covering female birth control. To them, Viagra enables pregnancy because men need an erection to impregnate naturally. A woman does not need an erection, nor to even be stimulated in order to get pregnant. However, some new research has pointed out that the act of orgasm itself causes an intense burst of oxytocin, which causes a suction effect, sucking up sperm in a fast current through the cervix. This means that if a woman has an orgasm, the chances of sperm reaching the egg is greater! So yes, in many ways, this pleasure organ does help increase chances of pregnancy.

      P.S. LOVE your last sentence! LOL! Cheers!

  • […] wasn’t until the 1990s that research was done that elevated the clitoris from an external place to an internal organ system and not […]

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    August 17, 2013 at 12:26 am Reply

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    August 18, 2013 at 2:01 am Reply

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  • Michael

    August 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm Reply

    Once married you don’t have sex anyway

  • Annette Haven

    August 21, 2013 at 6:28 am Reply

    TY, is Much, this is invaluable information.


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  • Agnieszka Niemira

    August 25, 2013 at 12:09 pm Reply

    I just want to say that I’ve enjoyed the artist’s drawing too, culminating in the heart flower… Ooooooh…. Lovely :)

  • El clítoris interno. | Nota Mínima

    August 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm Reply

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    August 26, 2013 at 11:08 pm Reply

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  • Isabel

    August 26, 2013 at 11:44 pm Reply

    This certainly explains a lot. Thanks for posting the article. I sure learned a lot.

  • Melissa

    August 26, 2013 at 11:52 pm Reply

    I find the sketch to be remarkably similar to the Roman symbol for woman… perhaps they knew something that was suppressed in our knowledge of women and sexual arousal. Thanks for catching us up! :-)

  • JB

    August 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm Reply

    Ok, I would like to know one thing, how do I stimulate the internal clitoris for my wife?

  • mr.ed

    August 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm Reply

    I was taught that a gentleman finishes second. My wife agrees, though sometimes she does this interesting role reversal thing…

  • rosebudlover

    August 29, 2013 at 8:04 am Reply

    Is this the wrong time to bring up the anus and it’s secrets? Why are most American women so closed to anal sex? It’s a way of life in some countries, especially in Europe. The ass is what actually does make for some equality of the sexes. Both have one and both have the capability to get to know it’s pleasures. It has it’s own “clitoral” areas, and, for both sexes, can bring increased pleasure when stimulated along with the other parts of the body that turn us on (not to mention the nipples).

    Is it possible to talk about the ass without getting into the obvious old hang-ups and extremes (yes, without preparation and warming up it’s no fun, and, yes, without consent, it’s a form of rape)? Or is it impossible to talk about it without invoking the same old tired patriarchal aggressor/female victim model (it doesn’t apply to every single aspect of existence!)?

  • Dean

    August 29, 2013 at 9:02 pm Reply

    True or False: The ‘full’ female orgasm needs as much of the clitoris (external AND internal) stimulated as possible. A girthy penis causes many (most?) woman to get excited mentally (as: (A) she knows she will feel more on her internal clitoris structure and (B) she will be forced open more and filled and thus dominated – which she will see as masculine and thus sexy to her) which causes her INTERNAL clitoris to become erect and thus more sensitive. So… A more erect and sensitive internal and external clitoris which is then stimulated more because of his large girth also! Basically speaking woman would choose to have more girth on the man they are going to sleep with EVERY TIME if they could – FACT?

    But as woman need a partner to share life with and give them children (which they highly value even when they think they are not looking for a relationship) they learn that ‘full’ penetrative orgasms HAVE to be very low on their list of needs.

    If a girl is choosing between two very similar guys (personality wise etc) she likes she WILL factor in girth (and maybe length to a certain degree – but only if one of the guys is very short and not girthier then the other guy and/or she has some nerve endings in her cul-de-sac/cervix and enjoys that being bashed about a bit) and if she doesn’t its because she has fully sacrificed/ given up on having ‘full’ penetrative orgasms.

    Ladies tell me the above isn’t true and size doesn’t matter!? Just so you know I am 7.4″ length x 5.1″ girth so I am NOT bitter (wish it was 7.4″ girth and 5.1″ length though! Haha), I am just a realist on this subject? Also its worth noting that woman are built differently so to some woman I am girthy enough and to others I am not for example. In an ideal world: Tight/young woman need at least 4.8″ – 5″ girth, average woman need at least 5.1″ – 5.5″ girth and loose/older woman need 5.6″ – 6.5″ girth – Please note I am factoring in that the guy has good motion/technique and is considered sexy by the woman before the clothes came off! I am hoping this be the last word on the matter – but I know it won’t..?

  • […] and situated inside the space enclosed by the large labia, is a very small, hooded structure, the clitoris. This is extremely sensitive, being composed largely of tissue rich in nerve endings, and its […]

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    August 31, 2013 at 12:58 am Reply

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  • Draxle

    September 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm Reply

    “This little structure contains approximately 8,000 sensory nerve fibers; more than anywhere else in the human body and nearly twice the amount found on the head of a penis!”

    The male foreskin contains 20,000 nerve endings. Stop trying to play oneupmanship with genitalia. It’s dumb.

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    September 3, 2013 at 6:03 pm Reply

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  • Isadora

    September 4, 2013 at 4:18 pm Reply

    This article should be translated in Spanish. It’s great!

    • melodiousmsm

      September 6, 2013 at 5:54 pm Reply

      I believe it is! Gustavo Rodríguez wrote to me asking permission if he could do the translation on his blog, which of course I agreed because the more people who know this information, the better! Here’s his site Cheers!

      • Tiqule

        October 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm Reply

        As a long-term orgasm addict (addicted to giving orgasms to my partner and especially in the exploration of new approaches to our orgasms), I very much enjoyed this article. For me it raises a few questions which I hope others maybe able to assist me with.

        I note below the following internal “pleasure sites” in the order I approach them (suffice to say I do not ignore the external). I find each responds at different times, some only when others has been sufficiently “enjoyed” – although of course this is not always strictly the case, for me it serves merely as a good benchmark.

        I’m trying to reconcile the technical and visual descriptions contained in this article with my appreciation of the so called “spots” (and I am not entirely comfortable with such the x-spot terms). My thoughts are as follows;

        Although in my experience it differs in position and function from the G-spot, here it appears to be distant from the internal clitoral system. I believe the A-spot in located centrally in front of the cervical opening. Is it possible that during arousal either the Grura or Corpora Cavernosa extend into this area?

        I suspect it is accessible at the rear of the opening of the cervix. Is this roughly adjacent the rearmost point of the Corpora Cavernosa when it is aroused?

        I know this as being centrally aligned above and behind the Clitoral Body, approximately at the confluence of the Corpora Cavernosa and Grura.

        Skenes Gland
        The point at which the two Corpora Cavernosa braches from the HUB (juncture of Corpora Cavernosa, Grura & Glans) appear extremely close to the Skenes Glands, or at least where they are able to be massaged (for me a point approx 0.5 to 1 inch behind and to either side of the G-spot.

        This is a purely a proposition of mine based on my experiences of achieving orgasm with my partner by deeply massaging a specific spot of either cheek of the Gluteus Maximus. My understanding is that it is also extremely intense. Given this article I am wondering if the fine “tail” of the Grura may be involved.

        Constructive contributions are most welcome as indeed links to other more detailed articles :-)

        Thanks again for a great article!

        • Paul Moser

          February 13, 2014 at 4:03 pm Reply

          I’m on my iPhone so I may not be able to articulate my response to your post correctly.

          I also consider myself a master of the female orgasmal arts. As some have commented above and even in the actual article that male ejaculation happens much quicker than a female, I would have to disagree while stating that all bodies are different and many things play into a female and yes a male orgasm. I have an extremely hard time have an orgasm and rarely can I ejaculate during sex. On average, I would say it takes me about two and a half hours of sex to achieve an orgasm or finally give up. It can take me up to six hours of masturbation to achieve an orgasm. The referenced 2-7 minute male orgasm in the article shows that even though the male sexual orgasm has been studied far more than the female it is still vastly unknown. My situation has made me very aware of the pleasure you can receive when pleasuring others. This is why I’m reading this article and have many others. This is also why I have become very familiar with the female body over the past 20 years. So here is my feedback on your “Sex Spot” post.

          A and P spots – I believe you have the positioning correct, but I do not believe they are actually related to the clitoral body. I’ve never heard them called this before, but have found that in some females these spots to be sensitive. I think they are nerve clusters for other aspects of the female reproductive cycle, but can secondarily be sexually stimulated in some females. I do not believe they are directly connected to the clitoral body.

          G Spot – Yes, believe you are absolutely correct on this one. You will notice that this becomes engorged and spongy when the female is aroused. Your positioning and relation to the clitoral body is absolutely accurate in my opinion.

          Skenes Glands – Yes, I believe again you are correct in the position and relation to the clitoral body, and the placement of the clitoral body’s confluence of it’s divergent “arms” seem to accurately placed at this point. I would like to add that depending on the posisition of the females body and her level of excitement these seem gravitate around but in the same general area. This gravitation seems to follow roughly a diaganal path from the g-spot in the same direction as the clitoral arms extend. Again this changes not only with positioning and state of arousal, but by different females.

          GM Spots – yes, and no. I’ve found that on many women these spots are in the same general area, but I do not think you are actually affecting the clitoral body directly, and if so the very tip of each tail of the grura. The more likely possibility is that you are stimulating part of the anal nerve area as they come in close contact with the grura tips. The anal stimulation is again another secondary sexual stimulation that not all females may enjoy.

          I hope my comments and opinions helped you and other readers. I too welcome responses.

          -Paul Moser

  • […] wasn’t until the 1990s that research was done that elevated the clitoris from an external place to an internal organ system and not […]

  • Weekend Anatomy Lessons | ccdenham

    September 15, 2013 at 4:30 am Reply

    […] But in this day and age, with Google at our fingertips, it just amazes me that a lot of people still don’t believe women can orgasm from penetration alone, nor do they understand that the clitoris is so much more than that little nub-and-hood dealio tucked away in there. I’m pretty sure I’ve shared something similar here before, but I’m sharing it again. Here – have some information on the internal anatomy of the clitoris. […]

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    September 15, 2013 at 1:49 pm Reply

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  • skew

    September 16, 2013 at 9:28 pm Reply

    will you keep quiet for a moment im trying to watch this video!!

  • Serge

    September 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm Reply

    ….”fear of being our true selves”? There is no such thing as a “true self”.

  • Leezaveta

    September 21, 2013 at 11:30 pm Reply

    In all this talk of vaginal stimulation no one is mentioning the energy of Love. Since when did it become more important to indulge in a quick sexual stimulation rather then invest time and energy into a healthy loving relationship that is not based on sex but rather on true Love? Many say that true Love is a fairy tail, and for them it will continue to be just that. Others however, are experiencing this reality and are finding a much more intimate and meaningful connection to their beloveds. There is a way of being with each other that goes far beyond any sadisfection you experience while having sex. There is a way of being that allows the energy of Love to dwell in our families for ever. But everyone has sold out the image of true Love and happiness for a life of self pleasure and sexual indulgence. How can Love dwell in our families when we worship the energy of lust instead? Our children are born out of this lust, they are spiritually malnourished because our spiritual aspirations were not present at the time of their conception. Yes, we still love them, even if we conceived them by excident, and yes they still have the potential to fully awaken and realize their true purpose here, but it is an unnecessary disadvantage for any human being. We will fight anyone who dare challenge our “right” to have guilt free sex, because after all we are “sexual beings”. Who says we are sexual beings? Who says that the pearl of the sacred woumb of creation is for the purposes of self gratification? What a shallow understanding of the human design and our very purpose here on Earth. That very pearl in the female anatomy is the spark of all creation, that is the essential element in the conception process and that is its highest essence and purpose.

  • Oh Chérie | Klitterær kunst

    October 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm Reply

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    October 18, 2013 at 11:17 pm Reply

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  • Irene

    November 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm Reply

    I can’t understand why the debate between clitoral/g-spot orgasms still exist in view of this. I mean, isn’t this actual anatomical proof that the G-spot IS the clitoris? Why isn’t this common knowledge? Everyone has heard myths about how g-spot orgasms are much better and how women who don’t experience them (who are most of them) are poor losers. Isn’t it due time to say, once and for all, that there’s no distinction and end with the neverending battle? People don’t separate the penis glans from the penis shaft, for example.

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  • » the rest of the clitoris

    December 12, 2013 at 8:03 pm Reply

    […] Above, in yellow.What do you think of when you think of a clitoris? -A tiny bump slightly to the north of the vaginal lips? You may be partially right, but that’s just the beginning…According to Ms. M at the Museum of Sex:“In over five million years of human evolution, only one organ has come to exist for the sole purpose of providing pleasure – the clitoris. It is not required for reproduction. It doesn’t have a urethra running through it like the penis, and thus, does not urinate. Its sole function – its singular, wonderful purpose – is to make a woman feel good!! Sadly, it is precisely because the clitoris has no function apart from female pleasure that science has neglected to study it as intricately as the penis.”“The interesting truth is that the majority of the clitoris is actually within the pelvis – that is, it’s far more internal than external. The glans is connected to the body or shaft of the internal clitoris, which is made up of two corpora cavernosa. When erect, the corpora cavernosa encompass the vagina on either side, as if they were wrapping around it giving it a big hug!”“Near each of the crura on either side of the vaginal opening are the clitoral vestibules. These are internally under the labia majora. When they become engorged with blood they actually cuff the vaginal opening causing the vulva to expand outward. Get these puppies excited, and you’ve got a hungrier, tighter-feeling vaginal opening in which to explore! What does all this mean? Well, for starters, we can finally end that age-old debate of vaginal vs. clitoral orgasms.”“Let’s also remember, female orgasm is not solely about the clitoris and vagina either. It is far more complex and also involves the workings of multiple nerves, tissues, muscles, reflexes, and mental effort. Some women can think themselves to orgasm. Others can orgasm simply by flexing their pelvic muscles. Considering all the components involved plus the variability of human beings and their anatomies, it’s extremely important to remember no two people are the same. What works for one woman may not work for another. In other words, it’s all custom under the hood.”Click here to read the entire article. […]

  • Greg

    January 25, 2014 at 7:05 pm Reply

    And what about the 20,000 nerve endings that are systematically robbed via a brutal surgery to thousands of newborn boys every year? What about them?

  • […] is more than just gla(n)s (the button). It extends down into the vagina on either side. More detail here. Last edited by Lilac110; Today at 09:48 PM.. Reason: Really? The scientific term is not […]

  • […] genital mutilation, I was amazed that they were never tried,” Foldes said, according to a 2011 Museum of Sex blog post on the internal clitoris. “The medical literature tells us the truth about our contempt for women. For three […]

  • […] in its excited state in an illustration by the Museum of Sex Blog’s Ms. M, which she drew for this fascinating post on the internal clitoris. Do yourself a favor and go educate […]

  • […] toy is designed for a different type of clitoral stimulation. It is designed for stimulation of the internal portion of the clitoris and so the arms make perfect sense, even if they do look rather […]

  • […] Although most people should be familiar with the clitoris’ extra-sensitive external part, called the glans, few know that it extends beneath the skin, into a wishbone-like shape. Beyond the glans, there’s the body, which curves downward toward the vaginal opening. From where it curves, it splits into a wishbone-like structure called the crura (plural for crus), which extends outwards, and is mostly associated with urethral and perineal tissue, and nerves and ligaments. Also connected to the clitoris, in-between the crura, are two bulbs — essentially spongy erectile tissue that becomes engorged when stimulated — that “hug” the vaginal opening, according to the Museum of Sex. […]

  • […] the clitoris generally receives the most attention. Specifically the clitoral glans, as much of the actual clitoris lies hidden within a woman’s body. This tiny button-like structure contains thousands of nerve endings (upwards of 8000, double that […]

  • […] clitoris is the only human organ that exists solely for pleasure (unlike the penis, which has a reproductive […]

  • […] The interesting truth is that the majority of the clitoris is actually within the pelvis – that is, it’s far more internal than external. – Museum Of Sex Blog […]

  • […] It wasn’t until 1998, when urologist Helen O’Connell published her findings regarding the internal structure of the clitoris, that the medical world finally had a true understanding  of its size and scope. […]

  • knyghtthyme

    March 26, 2014 at 9:41 pm Reply

    Sweet baby jesus, I only got about a quarter of the way through all the crap replies, the feminists, the chauvinists, the wiki data, the unsupported statements of fact….and then I just couldnt take any more and came down here to the bottom of this list of rhetoric to simply suggest this…

    If you read this and found it interesting and informative, if you are a fella and fortunate enough to have a gal that you can give a good rogering to….then go do so! here is this great article expanding knowledge of how you curl your womans toes (or how you get your toes curled if youre a woman) and nearly all the lot of you want to do is argue about pay scales and who gets treated right and who did who wrong? Go have sex!


    • Plea-Sure

      November 2, 2014 at 4:53 am Reply

      I couldn’t agree more knyghthyme!!!! Life is short – have more sex!!!

      While it took a few years having intercourse with my fiance to have ANY orgasm, when I finally did, my vaginal orgasm was just as intense as the clitoral.

      After being divorced, I had a boyfriend who never gave clitoral stimulation (HE loved oral, of course), yet our intercourse was very good, despite his small (three inch) penis. I was able to have multiple, very intense vaginal orgasms (lucky for him) without length or girth, and without clitoral stimulation. And like the gentleman above stated, his girlfriend can orgasm by rubbing her buttocks a certain way – I can do that too. By reading the article and studying the MRI, I now see why!!

      I have often wondered about Kinsey’s “finding” that most women do not have vaginal orgasms, as I have never had a problem with that. In fact, I find having a clitoral orgasm much more difficult – unless I’m with a very experienced partner and enjoys giving head.

      Thanks for a great article!!

      Now go have some sex, even if it is autologous!!!

  • sachin ghadge patil

    April 30, 2014 at 4:21 am Reply

    Res & Dear i m Ready to do it Without any fees Like that this & also Using Modern Method by Using the fruits pieces on clitoris for cunnilingus Just mail Me from India

  • […] The Internal Clitoris […]

  • […] surgery itself is fairly simple. As the science community has recently learned, the clitoris is much larger than the small accessible part. An unerect clitoris can be up to 9 […]

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  • […] HUFFINGTONPOST — Women’s bodies are totally overexposed and still seriously misunderstood. Hey, scientists didn’t even really know how the clitoris worked until 2009. […]

  • […] Women’s bodies are totally overexposed and still seriously misunderstood. Hey, scientists didn’t even really know how the clitoris worked until 2009. […]

  • […] overexposed and still seriously misunderstood. Hey, scientists didn’t even really know how the clitoris worked until […]

  • […] Women’s bodies are totally overexposed and still seriously misunderstood. Hey, scientists didn’t even really know how the clitoris worked until 2009. […]

  • […] Women’s bodies are totally overexposed and still seriously misunderstood. Hey, scientists didn’t even really know how the clitoris worked until 2009. […]

  • super secret fan

    June 14, 2014 at 6:53 am Reply

    just put it on my mouth 😉

  • […] overexposed and still seriously misunderstood. Hey, scientists didn’t even really know how the clitoris worked until […]

  • jon

    July 10, 2014 at 10:57 am Reply

    this really clears things up for me as a guy. This porn star Jodi taylor said on tumbler that she feels a lot of pleasure at the entrance to her vagina ha ha. And I read that there’s a pleasure nerve at the cervix/uterus area too lol. It’s no wonder that women are total sex maniacs!

  • […] (excerpt from The Internal Clitoris. Read full post here) […]

  • firewater

    July 14, 2014 at 9:34 pm Reply

    The sketches are not really corrct! I have grat doubts about the “fact” that between the corpus cavernosum clitoris and corpus spongiosum clitoris there is an interstice! Like a penis too, there isn`t one, so the both corpi are directly side by side.

    It`s the question, if the corpus spongiosum is internal, and the corpus caversnosum is outside. By the penis it is so, that the corpus spongiosum is on top and in the middle, beside and under it is running the corpus cavernosum. Can it be, that it is by women the same? Ladies, will you feel with your fingers such and explain me, if it is so, like I do suppose?

    And now something about the size of the internal clit. Isn`t it so, that the size of the outer.lips are corresponding with the size of the internal clit, resp. vice verse?! I think the labia majora are the covers of the clitoris, isn`t it?

    And here a question and hint: In books are standing the internal clit has the size between 7-9 cm. But we don`t know if this means flaccid state or by an erection! Is there any difference in size? Can any woman check it out with her fingers and rulers?
    Thanks for answers.

  • Grow a Vagina | a wilder grace

    July 22, 2014 at 10:57 pm Reply

    […] It has not been until recent years that anyone has even bothered to study the clitoris. It was a couple of women, of course, that expanded that virtually nonexistent research. So therefore I was surprised to learn that the clitoris is primarily an internal organ. Internally, it encircles the vagina. Check out this great MRI of an erect clitoris. […]

  • […] By now, most people know about the clitoris and where it is located…or at least, they know about the tip of the organ. While you might think that little bump that drives women crazy is the whole enchilada, as it turns out, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, the majority of the clitoris is located within the pelvis and, when erect, it actually wraps around the vagina –making the vagina and sex more pleasurable (for both parties) as the woman gets more excited.So why does everyone think of the clitoris as only the little bumpon the outside? Well, for one thing, it’s role as the visible part certainly makes it the most noticeable, but more so, researchers didn’t start to learn about the amazing expanses of the organ until they were able to view it through an MRI machine, something they couldn’t do until the 90’s. It wasn’t until 2009 that the world was introduced to a complete 3D sonogram image of the organ.Of course, the little bump we’re all familiar with is pretty darn important. In fact, it has over 8,000 nerve fibers –more than twice the number found in the head of a penis.(Source | Photo) […]

  • […] did this work for three years without any proper funding,” said Ms. M from the Museum of Sex. “Thanks to them, we now understand how the erectile tissue of the clitoris engorges and […]

  • […] What many women have discovered is that to enjoy sex it is far easier for them to masturbate their clitoris than to have a man’s penis inside them.  This is also true if a man wants to give a woman […]

  • […] If you want to read the scientific article, click here. […]

  • […] me as a part of cis women’s anatomy that was only studied and imaged in its entirety in the last decade. This in itself is quite interesting in the way it lays bare the machinations of misogyny in […]

  • […] The Museum of Sex  […]

  • […] better? Actually, it’s not a shame. It’s a feminist issue. DO (really do!) read these: […]

  • michael

    September 9, 2014 at 5:03 pm Reply

    I love learning about this stuff, if anything makes me better at anything (especially sex) then why not read, learn and practice!

  • Cromethus

    September 16, 2014 at 12:14 am Reply

    As a guy, I have to guess (largely) about what constitutes ‘pleasure’ for a woman. I can’t imagine that any sane hetero male wouldn’t want to know this. Anything we can do to decrease the mystery a bit and increase mutual pleasure goes a long way not just towards female satisfaction, but also genuine male satisfaction with sex. Ladies, I don’t know if you know this, but while men are physically easy to please (wow that’s a generalization, but good enough) oftentimes we crave the pleasure of a mental connection that comes from knowing that our partner is right there with us. Call it male bravado if you will, but there *is* something deeply satisfying to us men to know that we aren’t just another chore on your list, so to speak.

  • Where's my G-spot

    October 1, 2014 at 11:36 am Reply

    […] on what literature you're reading: some describe it as an internal extension of the clitoris, which a 2009 study appears to support. Others describe it as a spongy area full of erectile tissue (like that found in the penis) and […]

  • […] in its excited state in an illustration by the Museum of Sex Blog’s Ms. M, which she drew for this fascinating post on the internal clitoris. Do yourself a favor and go educate […]

  • […] in its excited state in an illustration by the Museum of Sex Blog’s Ms. M, which she drew for this fascinating post on the internal clitoris. Do yourself a favor and go educate […]

  • […] has thousands of nerve endings. In fact, the clit has 6-8 thousand nerve endings – which is about twice the amount in the head of the penis. And all of these nerve endings are bunched together in a super compact space, so a single lick to […]

  • […] culture that gets vaginas wrong. Scientific and medical minds long misunderstood female anatomy. We didn’t even fully know how the clitoris worked until 2009, and even today, many textbooks still misrepresent female sexual […]

  • […] culture that gets vaginas wrong. Scientific and medical minds long misunderstood female anatomy. We didn’t even fully know how the clitoris worked until 2009, and even today, many textbooks still misrepresent female sexual […]

  • […] culture that gets vaginas wrong. Scientific and medical minds long misunderstood female anatomy. We didn't even fully know how the clitoris worked until 2009, and even today, many textbooks still misrepresent female sexual […]

  • […] culture that gets vaginas wrong. Scientific and medical minds long misunderstood female anatomy. We didn’t even fully know how the clitoris worked until 2009, and even today, many textbooks still misrepresent female sexual […]

  • […] culture that gets vaginas wrong. Scientific and medical minds long misunderstood female anatomy. We didn’t even fully know how the clitoris worked until 2009, and even today, many textbooks still misrepresent female sexual […]

  • Olofa

    December 15, 2014 at 1:42 pm Reply

    Is it just me, or does the illustration of the erect internal clitoris, front view, look like the crocus emblem from the film Frozen?
    Frozen confirmed for pro-female-sexuality?

  • […] que hay más de 8 mil fibras nerviosas, más del doble de las que tiene la cabeza del pene. (Fuente | […]

  • Morgan

    January 9, 2015 at 6:45 am Reply

    One thing not mentioned that makes it complex is whether the clitoris itself is actually the source of orgasm, or is it modulator in other words does it send signals both to and from a source.

    By “Accident”, an electric signal through a spinal cord gave a woman an orgasm who was being treated for back pain, a woman who injured her back can have painful, persistent, orgasms.

    The clitoris is basically explained like a man’s nipples, however the penis does have a function, although a penis cannot be consistently erect for a while without injury, while a woman’s can without danger although it will be painful. In other words the clitoris “had a function” unlike the appendix but it was unnecessary in females. Likewise in males, they have nipples, it is possible but unusual for a male to breastfeed although certain disorders occur.

    Yes orgasm itself is complex with hormones, neurons,etc but the electric nerve signal is interesting. It seems if a spinal cord is injured or damaged orgasm cannot occur regardless of sex. So the clitoris itself or even the penis may not even be the source of orgasm, yes of course there is also the brain which is a different topic. Could the clitoris be modulating signals from the spine then back to the brain?

    The science is interesting.

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