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Making a mountain out of a mole hill?

C L I T O R I S: From the Greek kleitoris, meaning “little hill.”

Ok, I’m kind of exaggerating. But Dr. Helen O’Connell seems to think that the clitoris is more than most medical professionals make it out to be.

The clitoris rivals the penis in size.

The vaginal wall is, in fact, the clitoris,” said Dr O’Connell, who is based in Melbourne.

“If you lift the skin off the vagina on the side walls, you get the bulbs of the clitoris – triangular, crescental masses of erectile tissue.”

[…] By imaging the pelvises of healthy humans – rather than dissecting dead ones – she has found that the live clitoris is even larger than she first thought.

“There’s nothing quite like the shape of a clitoris,” she said.

“The glans are dense with nerve endings and receptors – all the vibration and sensation is there.”

The bulk of it is shaped like a pyramid, she said.

Its base forms the external genitalia or vulva; its triangular “walls” are wrapped around the urine-carrying tube known as the urethra and the vagina.

When aroused, the whole structure becomes engorged.

“Helen has gone to significant effort to confirm what we suspected,” said Dr Margaret Davy, director of gynecological oncology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in South Australia.

“The original anatomists weren’t interested in the clitoris. The penis was much more interesting.

“It was bigger and you didn’t have to wear your spectacles to see it.”

[…] “The sex industry has known about this for some time,” said Fiona Patten from the Eros Association, Australia’s adult retail and entertainment industry body.

“You only have to look at the adult products on the market to see that they are not designed to find some tiny button at the top of the vagina.

“They’re designed to stimulate a much larger area.”

Oh word? Wanna see? Check it out this picture and the live drawing below:

I should have gone to art school. This lady has my stick-figures and happy faces beat!

We probably should be focusing on more than just the little part of the clitoris that protrudes outward. In comparison to the entire organ, that’s only the tip of the iceberg (pun intended)! Suggestions?

Sources: Feministing, BBC News

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