Clitoral Anatomy: Make a Wish on That Bone

At the Body Electric workshop during the last weekend of March (about which I haven’t written yet, I know, but I will), I was reminded about how little we are educated about female anatomy – especially in regards to the clit.

This is a video of sex educator and badass Betty Dodson drawing the cunt from the inside out – starting with the internal parts of the clitoris (did you know it’s got a shape like a wishbone?) and then drawing layers out to the external.

The book to which Betty is referring is The New View of a Woman’s Body, and many writings on feminism account this book as the first official medical reference to the internal clitoris -it’s definitely the first one I ever came across. The drawings in it are still fascinating to me, and definitely worth studying.

Ah, sex ed is so fun.

(I won’t ruin the end for you, but I just want to say, I like it.)

It has also been speculated that the so-called “g-spot” or “urethral sponge” are actually part of the clitoris, as well. Rebecca Chalker writes about this in her book The Clitoral Truth, though man, doesn’t it seem like this is important knowledge? Doesn’t it seem like somebody would’ve studied this by now, and figured it out? Even just a few months ago, I remember yet another study coming out saying “aha! We’ve proved the G-spot exists!” and I thought, huh. Pretty sure somebody already did that, for one. And for two, I’m pretty sure what you’re calling the Gräfenberg spot – named after the man who discovered it, of course – is actually that little bitty organ with 8,000 nerve endings that you’ve thought was smaller than a dime all these years.

I guess it goes to show you there’s a lot of work to do in sex studies, still.

put your money where your mouth is

This is a call for donations for Scarleteen.

If your values align with Scarleteen’s, and if you are willing and able to keep this necessary resource afloat, please consider helping any way you can.

Here’s the link: Donate to Scarleteen and win tickets to “My First Time” … read on if you’d like more information about what Scarleteen does.

Scarleteen is a labor of love: a site dedicated to providing teens with accurate, supportive information about all aspects of sex and sexuality. As all of you know, I bet, because you have al searched for sex ed info online (what is the first thing for which new technology is used, for example? porn), it is actually quite difficult to find accurate and supportive information on sex, especially for teens. Scarleteen is a major resource, and so important.

And they are struggling immensely.

Heather Corrina, the founder, editor, & designer, works immeasurable hours on this labor of love, and it shows. Her heart & soul are in this project. Hell, I might go so far as to say she was born to do this. She is not exactly a close friend of mine – in fact, I’ve never met her – but I have followed her work online for many years: her writing, her photography, her activism. I have such admiration for her work and dedication, and for this project.

If this doesn’t appeal to the do-gooder in you, perhaps I can use sex appeal?

Or perhaps the promotion Scarleteen is currently running – “The first 18 donors who give the largest donations to Scarleteen from September 1st through September 16th, will not only help us provide sex education and information for teens and young adults worldwide — which is reward enough! — but will also receive a voucher for two tickets to My First Time to be used between now and the end of October. Valued at just under $120.” – will entice you?

Any way you can, Scarleteen needs support. Please help keep this invaluable educational hub thriving, and help support healthy, consciencious sex & sexuality information for teens & young adults.

There is also a Scarleteen book s.e.x.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College. Buy it for the kids in your life. better yet, buy signed copies of the book direct from Scarleteen, by either “making a donation of over $75 to help sustain Scarleteen, or purchasing a signed copy for $22.”


Get your hands on S.E.X.: the in-depth and inclusive young adult sexuality guide by Heather Corinna! Covering everything from STIs to sexual orientation, body image to birth control, masturbation to misogyny, the anatomy of the clitoris to considering cohabitation, and written for you whether you’re male, female or genderqueer; straight, gay or somewhere in between, this is THE everything-you-need, comprehensive, progressive sexuality handbook to get you through high school and college.

This ends your public service announcement; we now return you to your regularly scheduled Sugarbutch Chronicles.