So, it turns out that the medical world has discovered recently that the clitoris is huge. A huge triangle of pulsating, vibrating, pleasure-giving, becoming-engorged-iating nerves and tissue just twsting and turning and dancing around constantly in our lacey underthings.
Irigaray already is mostly remembered for suggesting that we run around at all times just unable to keep from touching ourselves:
A women “touches herself” constantly without anyone being able to forbid her do so, for her sex is composed of two lips which embrace continually. Thus, with herself she is already two – but not divisible into ones – which stimulate each other.
Of course, most folks read Irigaray and nod thoughtfully, but the vast majority of us have, I believe little idea what she’s talking about, except–and no offense to the Professor–that it sounds like it might be more fun than most philosophy.
And people who make sex toys have long made sex toys for women designed to stimulate more than just one tiny protrusion.
And women ourselves have, for as long as we’ve had bodies, known they bring us pleasure in many, many different ways.
But now that science has discovered it, it must be true!
You know, it occurs to me that what would make this post more interesting is if some post-colonial theorist could come by and theorize about the parallels between say “discovering” a continent on which people already live and “discovering” a part of the body most people in the world have.
But, I am not a post-colonialist, so I don’t get much father than saying “Hmm. That’s an interesting parallel. I wonder if it means anything.”
Are there even still post-colonialists or are we now onto post-post colonialists?
But, we’ve talked about clitorises, name-checked a French Feminist philosopher, poked fun at the very scholars we need to help us make sense of something, and given props to the sex toy industry.
All in all, a successful post, I think.
All thanks to Andrew Sullivan.