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Article: The Still-Misunderstood Shape of the Clitoris

Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:11 am
by journeying
I'm not sure which section this fits the best, but below is an interesting article about the clitoris and how there's now a free 3-D printable of its shape. I was surprised that it's 10 centimeters long!

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/arch ... is/518991/

Although there are still many unanswered questions, I think it's healthy and helpful to have a more accurate understanding of our anatomy.

Re: Article: The Still-Misunderstood Shape of the Clitoris

Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:46 pm
by Paul B
I've been watching this over the last decade or so as a better picture has emerged.

In some ways, I find the choice of language problematic. From a biologic standpoint, it's valid to call the whole thing the clitoris. From a public understanding, it's maybe a bad choice. Not that I have a better idea.

BTW, many "misunderstand" the shape of the penis too. There is almost as much of it inside the body as there is outside. Not nearly as much of it is hidden as with the clitoris, but there is still plenty we can't see.

Re: Article: The Still-Misunderstood Shape of the Clitoris

Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:09 pm
by workerbee
I'm an RN and graduated in 1992 & always felt that I understood human anatomy well enough. I saw this article here on TMB a few months ago and was blown away! I have since shared this with co-workers and they call me Dr Ruth LoL! TMB has helped my DH and I in SO many ways and as a Christian couple I am grateful. And as a RN I am grateful for the information I may have otherwise never come across.

Re: Article: The Still-Misunderstood Shape of the Clitoris

Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:33 pm
by Paul B
workerbee wrote:I'm an RN and graduated in 1992 & always felt that I understood human anatomy well enough.

Quality research into human sexuality is so new that 25 years ago is an eternity! So much of what early research found was wrong - or at least the conclusions were wrong.

One example is the belief that sexual arousal causes a woman's uterus to double in size. This conclusion came from palpitating women before and after arousal. But palpitation is more of less 2 dimensions. When we had the ability to do internal scans it was found the uterus does not significantly change size, but it does pull up into the body. Pulling up and enlarging would feel the same via palpitation, so the enlarges guess was not horrible, just not right.

Re: Article: The Still-Misunderstood Shape of the Clitoris

Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:16 am
by journeying
Paul B wrote:In some ways, I find the choice of language problematic. From a biologic standpoint, it's valid to call the whole thing the clitoris. From a public understanding, it's maybe a bad choice. Not that I have a better idea.


How do you see it as problematic?

Re: Article: The Still-Misunderstood Shape of the Clitoris

Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:50 pm
by Paul B
journeying wrote:How do you see it as problematic?

I think it does more to confuse than to educate. It's telling people what they thought was wrong, as opposed to incomplete. It also makes talking about it difficult, because what we once thought of as the clitoris is now the glans of the clitoris.

Early on I saw mentions of the "clitoral complex" with the glans still being called the clitoris. I wish that had taken. But then again it does sound kind of like the male version of penis envy. :roll: