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The Pleasure Button-The Clitoris

December 31, 2010
By Hilda Hutcherson, M.D.

What Your Mother Never Told You About Sex

If you look under the hood formed by the labia minora, you may be able to see a small pea or button-shaped mass, ranging in color from pink to purple to dark brown. That’s your clitoris. If you don’t see anything at first, don’t worry. Sometimes it’s difficult to see the clitoris even when you are sexually stimulated. Derived from the Greek word, kleitoris, meaning “divine and goddesslike,” the clitoris has been the most ignored aspect of female sexuality in modern history. Many of us don’t know where it is, how to find it, or its true size.

As a female fetus develops, the clitoris forms from the same tissue that becomes a penis in males-but it is not a “mini penis,” as some people describe it. In many ways, this female organ is much more advanced! The multifunctional penis has to transport urine and sperm as well as serve as the main organ for male sexual pleasure. The clitoris is also the primary organ for female sexual pleasure-in fact, its sole purpose is pleasure.

The clitoris is much more than meets the eye. As you look at your vulva in the mirror, the clitoris may look like a tiny button of flesh hiding underneath the prepuce, but it is much more. Your clitoris is a complex, fascinating, and powerful organ.

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