My goal has been to post on the weekdays and vacation, as it were, on the weekends.
But I have to post this now partly because you really ought to read it and partly because I want to bookmark it so I can easily find it again.
This is the most illuminating article on the clitoris I have ever read. Seriously.
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!!
There is even brief and fascinating discussion of the hope of reconstruction for women whose clitoris has been excised.
The article is itself a reminder of how women’s sexuality has often been overlooked, misinterpreted, misunderstood, or dismissed by male-driven science. I could say a lot about how women’s sexuality is treated in our society and in so many societies, but I wouldn’t even know where to start such a discussion.
This reminded me of another recent interesting post about women’s biology, and the question of why women menstruate: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/12/why_do_women_menstruate.php
This is probably an area that’s just as full of cultural taboos and misconceptions as sexuality itself, so it’s cool to see a reframing of the “why” question. Also, the phrase “selfish placenta” is used, which I find inordinately amusing.
Thank you! That’s a great post. I’d not heard that theory, and it’s one of the few not contaminated, as it were, by a weird need to tie it all into male sexuality as the theories I first read about did, back in the day.
I, too, love the selfish placenta. I can totally relate.