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This amazing animation about the clitoris definitely deserves your attention

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The clitoris is one of our most important organs, but, sadly, it just doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

When it comes to discussing sexual pleasure, it’s the male orgasm that gets all the airtime - while women's time alone or between the sheets is overlooked. Instead, people continue to peddle myths about the female orgasm,none of which are helpful: they can spark frustration, leading women to accuse their partner of lacking the interest, focus, and skill to get her off. Others mistakenly blame themselves, comparing their ‘O’ experience to their girlfriends’ and feel ashamed. And plenty feel pressured to fake orgasms in a bid to satisfy the ego of their partner.

Maybe it’s our paltry sex education that’s to blame for all of this. Perhaps it’s all down to the skewered representations of the female orgasm on screen. Or could it be the fault of the porn industry

Whatever the reason, we definitely need more films like Lori Malépart-Traversy’s The Clitoris – or, to call it by its original, more glamorous French title, Le Clitoris.

The short animation, which is part of Vimeo’s Best Of The Month selection, is all about our favourite gland, giving us a seriously detailed look at the organ’s history — which is steeped in a frustrating load of misinformation, mansplaining, and ignorance.


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“It wasn’t until 1559 that Italian surgeon Realdo Colombo officially identified [the clitoris],” begins the video.

“Two years later, another man proclaimed that it was he who discovered it. Since then, the clitoris has continued to be forgotten or misrepresented in literature,” the story continues.

“Many men have squabbled around the subject of the clitoris and the female orgasm.”

The trusty clitoris comes in all shapes and sizes

The trusty clitoris comes in all shapes and sizes

In the film, the (strangely cute) clitoris is about the same size as the woman its spending time with – which could prove a tad confusing to some viewers.

Luckily, Le Clitoris is on hand to tell us that the organ is actually as long as the average male penis.

“‘Like an iceberg, its biggest part is hidden in the body. Two centimetre roots extend from each side. It is through the internal part that some women have a vaginal orgasm,” the film says.

“Caresses are often seen as mere foreplay. Yet this dear clitoris asks only to be loved. Since it exists only for your pleasure. Why not use it?” 


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Of course, France’s sex education has come on leaps and bounds in comparison to their British cousins.

A 3D clitoris is being used in schools to teach the importance of female sexual pleasure to pupils.

And whether its under your control or gifted to a sexual partner, just remember — who can say no to a sad clitoris?

Photos: Le Clitoris

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