Let’s start with this.
Is that a typo? She meant IGNORANCE, right? She just has one fucked up autocorrect. IGNORANCE is having sex your whole adult life, giving birth to six children and never having an orgasm.
This is terrorism:
It beggars belief the two things could be compared. Orgasms and the deaths of thousands of people. Wow. Just wow.
One of those moments where I can’t think of a single thing to say that doesn’t involve advocating beating the crap out someone. So I’ll say nothing….
I like the six children thing a lot. Which countries have average birthrates over 6.00?
Burkina Faso 6.00
Burundi is pretty close, coming in at 5.99, and Zambia gets close with 5.81, so let’s include them.
So it’s just those nasty black African men who are terrorists? I’m kind of disappointed that artist Sophia Wallace didn’t paint ALL men as terrorists because women don’t know how to masturbate, but we can count on feminism to single out bloodcurdling black men for special treatment, can’t we?
Six babies! No orgasms! A life of sex! Terrorism! Save me from the black men in Africa!
Sophia Wallace, you see, apparently took off her Klan robes long enough to come up with a clever little art project called “Cliteracy”, designed to convince women several things simultaneously:
Our sex organs are bigger and better than men’s. Yee-haw!
Women are really good at masturbating. Double yee-haw!
Women are entitled to pleasure. Well, duh. We’re entitled to everything!
The right of every individual citizen to vote in elections is turned into a lie if we don’t talk about women’s sexual pleasure.
I’m not sure how that works, but if we can believe that failing to reach orgasm is terrorism, why not accept that the same situation leads to the corruption of democracy? Once the earth is flat, does it really matter where the dragons be?
No really. I’m not making this up.
Though the project may seem limited to the discussion about women’s bodies and female sexuality, Wallace insists that it’s really much, much bigger than that.
Not only is the project for everyone (“I love seeing men standing up for the clit,” Wallace says, adding that this is a conversation that liberates people of all genders), but she says that the clitoris can be seen as a “metaphor for freedom, body sovereignty and citizenship.”
Pop Quiz: who can explain the anatomy of a male orgasm? The actual physical mechanics of it? I’m sure we have all noticed that a male orgasm is almost always accompanied by a discharge of fluids that, depending on the circumstances can lead to laundry, a baby, a rejuvenating facial or a meal, but aside from that, who can explain exactly how it works?
Not me. I really don’t know. There are some muscle contractions involved that result in extreme pleasure and force the discharge from the tip of a man’s penis, but other than that, fucked if I know how it all works. What muscles are involved? How deep into a man’s body do the contractions go? Do the testicles contract?
Don’t really care, either.
Seriously, who gives a shit? I know how to produce one, and take pleasure in doing so, but other than that, I’m afraid I’m not dick-literate. I’ll bet the majority of men aren’t particularly dick-literate either, and can’t describe in anatomical detail how their own pleasure works. Again, who cares? I can’t describe digestion in any particular detail, nor have I ever come across a situation where my life depended on distinguishing the transverse colon from the ileum (and yes I had to google “digestive system” to even come up with those words).
As long as I know how to eat, what difference does it make?
“Cliteracy” as a concept seems to accept as a baseline that women don’t know a single thing about their own bodies, and if they do, and fail to communicate that to sexual partners, it is somehow the partner’s fault. Which is rather like saying it’s my partner’s fault if I don’t eat because I failed to tell him I wanted him to put the food in my mouth. If I starve to death, well, that’s because he’s an asshole who never figured out that I expect to be hand-fed.
How do men discover their capacity for orgasm? Ha, ha, I’m just kidding. We all know the answer to that. They wait until some willing woman comes along and shows them how it all works. And if that never happens….well, they are just lost little duckies, with no sovereignty over their own bodies, no freedom, no hope, no future.
I’ll just wait for my Princess to come and show me how my penis works….said no 12 year old boy ever.
“Cliteracy” could have been an outstanding project if it had followed two simple guidelines:
Your pleasure is your own
You are responsible for discovering and communicating what you like and need
If “Cliteracy” had been aimed at WOMEN, without attacking or reducing men to clueless fumbling idiots, it might have gained my admiration. But of course it had to be derailed with the standard feminist operating procedures of:
Accept no responsibility ever
Cast yourself as the victim
Blame men (black men if you can)
Claim unsupportable, absurdly exaggerated consequences
Assert feminism as the solution
It really amazes me that something as astonishing as dates that conflict by over 100 years make it past the editors at Huffington post.
“It’s appalling and shocking to think that scientifically, the clitoris was only discovered in 1998,” Wallace told The Huffington Post from her Brooklyn studio last week. “But really, it may as well have never been discovered at all because there’s still such ignorance when it comes to the female body.”
The clitoris was NOT discovered in 1998! Two paragraphs later, the article contains the following:
…the true anatomy of the clitoris had actually appeared in scientific literature as long ago as the mid-1800s.
Either claim, quite frankly, is completely stunning. The Kama Sutra is thought to have been composed somewhere between 400 and 200 CE, and it contains a wealth of positions dedicated to maximizing female pleasure.
Édouard-Henri Avril painted a very famous depiction of cunnilingus in 1906, and many more erotic images that were used to illustrate novels like Fanny Hill. Female pleasure was no cultural mystery even in the modern era.
You can see the painting here (NSFW)
There is even some speculation that cunnilingus (or other method) assisted orgasm evolved as a sperm retention strategy so that men could be assured it was actually their own swimmers who claimed the podium, and not the sperm of some interloper the missus fancied for an afternoon of fun.
Female orgasm may play an important role in sperm competition…Men perform various behaviors to facilitate their partner’s orgasm, including vaginal penetration, cunnilingus, and manual vaginal or clitoral stimulation, and the induction method may affect the degree to which sperm is retained (Levin, 2001; Masters and Johnson, 1966; reviewed in King and Belsky, 2012).
The idea that female orgasm is some new thing that men are deliberately ignoring for the purposes of punishing/oppressing women is completely laughable.
Here is the one, key slide that Wallace gets right, and in my opinion, it gets directly at the heart of things:
The reason you are having bad sex ladies is because you are LYING. Is that really so hard to figure out? How in the name of god do you expect men to understand what gives you pleasure if you LIE to them about it? How can any sane woman not understand that lying about what gives her pleasure will likely result in very little pleasure?
Stop lying. Assume some responsibility for your own pleasure. Learn your own body. Don’t blame men if you can’t even figure out how to give yourself an orgasm. Learn how to communicate, and if you can do that without barking out orders like a Marine Drill Sergeant, so much the better.
Ask, and ye shall receive.
The idea that 70% of women are going sexually unfulfilled strikes me as another pile of steaming bullshit. You know what leads me to that belief?
The popularity of Brazilian waxes and other grooming of pubic hair.
Older feminists like to posit that women groom and/or remove their pubic hair in response to either the pornification of culture or men’s uninhibited pedophilic tendencies. The latter always makes me laugh, because I’m sure all those ladies only date men with beards, right? No preference for men who exhibit that pre-pubescent look of no facial hair?
It’s actually rather simple to explain why younger women in particular keep their ladybits neat and tidy: it’s because no one likes hair in their food.
And here’s a hint, just for the lads: always look at a woman’s feet. A woman who has neat, pretty, groomed feet is likely to be well-groomed everywhere else, too.
There. I just made y’all a bit more cliterate.
Lots of love,