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A Whole New Reason to Love Your Clit

ClitWeekOh, the clit. You marvelous little bundle of pleasure providing nerves. A group called Clitoraid recently announced that it will dedicate a full week to you. While the group states that they specialize in helping victims of Female Genital Mutilation, it wants to bring awareness to all clitorises everywhere by proclaiming an International Clitoris Awareness Week from May 6-12, which appropriately falls within Masturbation Month.

While it might seem a little gimmicky, further investigation reveals that it is certainly a worthwhile cause. For thousands of years, due to both medical inaccuracies as well as moral objections, the clit has been cloaked in secrecy. After frustration in her own medical research, Dr. O’Connell decided to take matters into her own hands (and, no, for once this isn’t a sexual pun). Eight years ago Dr. O’Connell ran MRI tests to show that, “The clitoris rivals the penis in size.” She discovered that, in addition to the visible section, as well as the ‘arms’, the clit also has erectile tissue called the bulbs. Hey guys, sorry you’re going to have clit envy, you know, cause our bits might actually be bigger than yours.

Dedicating a whole week to clit-worshiping is high on this queer-lesbi’s homo agenda; and hey, I’m sure you’d agree with me! Even though you might have missed it last week, you should still feel free to keep celebrating. In 1995, the well-known San Francisco based store called Good Vibrations declared that the May is Masturbation Month. To commemorate the occasion, I encourage you to visit some of the women-positive classes that are in the area, such as The Pleasure Chest’s class on pleasing women. Also, keep an eye on Early to Bed’s event calendar – women positive events are the norm at the female-centric sex store.

So, to celebrate the week, here are some interesting facts you might not have known about that hot little button:

Anyone who has gone to The Vagina Monologues should know this one: The clit has over 8,000 nerve endings. That’s over double what the dudes have.

That mythical spot (you know, The G Spot) is likely a part of the clitoris. O’Connor believes it might be the bulbs that she located in her MRI research.

Word nerds like me will like this one: clittoris is a universally understood word no matter which language you speak.  Its origins stem from the Greek word for “key.” It’s also been traced to the verb “kleitoriazein,” which means to “titillate lasciviously or to seek pleasure.”

Best of all, The clit continues to grow. No, I’m not just talking about growth during arousal, I’m talking about actual growth. According to AlterNet, the clit grows 4x it’s size by the age of 32.  Even better, the organ grows by 7x by the time you reach menopause!! Hello you sexy cougars.

Certainly the clit is something worth celebrating. It is, afterall, the only organ that is dedicated solely to sexual pleasure! So find out more about the clit – do some research, do some exploration, take a class. Why not take this week to enjoy a belated Clit Week! In fact, let’s do a national push to make Clit Week every week, and get to celebrating!

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About Tina

A transplant from the snow and mountains of Upstate NY (why, yes, there IS an entire state above NYC!), Tina moved to Chicago in 2005. Since then, she’s taken full advantage of Chicago’s sports scene, participating in rugby, volleyball, and hockey – just to name a few. Her first love, however, is soccer. She’s proud to have participated in both the 2006 and 2010 Gay Games as well as the 2009 Out Games.

In addition to sports, Tina enjoys traveling (she tries to cross the atlantic at least once a year). Tina is a ‘Jackie of all trades’, so prepare for the unexpected!

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