Don’t know much about the clitoris? The International Cliteratti will help – ABC News

The clitoris is an internal and external organ and the part of the female genital anatomy responsible for orgasms. Thousands of nerve endings make a wishbone shape – wrapping around the vagina — and its size is typically 9x9cm.

Just like the male genitals, when the female genitals are aroused, the clitoris becomes engorged.

The organ has had a complicated relationship with Western medicine. In the medieval witch hunting guide “Malleus Maleficarum” it was referred to as “the devil’s teat”.

In the 1500s renowned physician Andreas Vesalius called it a “new and useless part”.

In the 1600s scientists began studying the organ in detail – with Dutch anatomist Regnier De Graaf publishing an anatomical depiction of the clitoris.

Centuries later, in 1948, anatomical representations of the clitoris disappeared from the 25th edition of Gray’s Anatomy.

“It’s very curious, what you see is usually men of science doing the dissections and writing about the clitoris, and then you see this knowledge lost,” Dr Belton explains.

This gap in knowledge was noticed by Professor Helen O’Connell, president of the Urological Society ANZ, when she was in medical school. She saw that authors would describe in “intense detail” the anatomy of the male and add addendums on the differences in women.

This vexxed Professor O’Connell. After becoming Australia’s first female urologist, she led the first comprehensive anatomical study on the clitoris in 1998, and examined it further under MRI in 2005.

A network of scientists and healthcare professionals around the world formed – including from Australia, the US, France and Sweden – many making their own models. The group swapped notes on their research and experiences dealing with this misunderstood organ.

In April 2022, the International Cliteratti developed when the women had their first Zoom meeting.

With the support of the group, her colleagues and the RMIT Industrial Design Program, Ms Brown-Major launched her own model – Cliterate — a pull-apart sphere that accurately shows the relationship between the clitoris, vulva and pelvis.

Source: Don’t know much about the clitoris? The International Cliteratti will help – ABC News

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  1. There’s a curious lacuna in this story — the fact that in Britain and Anglophone settler societies, generations of doctors were trained with anatomy textbooks from which the male foreskin had been expunged. Male foreskin is actually a lot like the female clitoris, in terms of supremely dense concentrations of Meissner’s corpuscles (fine-touch sense receptors). Ironically, the extraordinary value of this part of male anatomy was well understood by (male and female) Britons, prior to the rise to power of the GP in Victorian times. Even today, many still wallow in their ignorance of human sexual anatomy — an enduring symptom of patriarchal (medical, cultural and religious) authoritarianism.

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