Jokes are frequent that many men do not know the existence, location or functioning of the clitoris ; and, as popular wisdom says, between jokes the truth appears.
The truth is that social taboos around human sexuality have inhibited the scientific study of it, something that explains things like the fact that a complete anatomical description of the clitoris was not made until 1998 (work of the Australian urologist Helen O’Connell) or that their existence is very often directly obviated in the subjects of biology and natural sciences that are taught at compulsory education levels.
Therefore, it is not surprising that unfortunately many people (regardless of their gender, their sexual orientation or whether they are cis- or transgender) harbor doubts or ignorance about what the clitoris is, how it is, where it is or what it is for ( even this part of the body has its own deniers ). Luckily, it is never too late to learn.
What is it, what is it like and where is the clitoris?
The clitoris is a female sexual organ (that is, naturally possessed by cisgender women and transgender men) that encompasses the entire female perineum.
Although a small part of it is visible from the outside, the vast majority of its volume is inside the body, attached to the vagina from the front (front). It is made up mainly of nerve endings, blood vessels, and various glands.
Its shape is similar to that of some orchids , and is made up of several parts: the glans (the only visible part, located between the labia minora and covered by a cap), a stem in turn composed of two corpora cavernosa (which extend towards the pubic hollow), the roots (that surround the urethra and the vagina) and the bulbs of the clitoris (behind the vaginal walls, formed by erectile tissue).
What is your function?
The clitoris has only one known function: to provide sexual pleasure. For this reason, it concentrates many nerve endings, especially in its glans, which makes it the most sensitive area of the body in people with a vulva, similar to what happens with the glans of the penis.
In fact, those who are familiar with the anatomical description of the penis will be familiar with several of the terms that we have used to name the parts of the clitoris. And, in fact, both organs are quite similar in shape and function (although the penis has another function, the conduction of urine, which the clitoris lacks), they are formed from the same part of the embryo during gestation and are somewhat analogous.
Like the penis, the clitoris has the corpora cavernosa and erectile tissue, so effectively people with this organ have erections in order to facilitate their stimulation.
On the contrary, it is believed that it is even more sensitive than the penis : while it is estimated that the clitoris has up to 8,000 nerve endings, it is believed that in the penis this number is between 4,000 and 6,000, distributed in a larger area.
Be that as it may, the prevailing ignorance about this organ shows a cultural disdain for female sexual pleasure that is directly connected with the dominant machismo in most human societies. Fortunately, learning and education can be very powerful tools to go, little by little, eliminating the effects and undermining this structural machismo.