Say “Clitoris.” Out loud. Right Now.

Please be advised that the content of this blogpost is NSFW and not suitable for minors.

Apparently saying “clitoris” is a big deal. I don’t mean it’s a big deal for me personally, I say it all the time. “Clitoris.” In case you need a little reminder, here is an awesome cartoon explaining the clitoris to you:

Le clitoris – Animated Documentary (2016) from Lori Malépart-Traversy on Vimeo.

I hope there is no further need for me to tell you about the clitoris. If you’re a woman, you know it (and if you don’t know it, get off the internet right now and get to know it) and if you’re a man you hopefully know it too. So I won’t have to explain to you why I am a huge fan of the clitoris. And I won’t have to explain to you that I’m not the only one in the clitoris-fanclub. Just look at Lindsey Doe from Sexplanations.

So the fanclub is huge. Which is why it’s so surprising that there’s almost zero mention of the clit in popular culture. Yes, Dwight once mentioned it in The Office US, but only in the context of a joke. What was the butt of the joke, you ask? Of course it was the clit’s infamous elusiveness.

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In the world of pop culture, consensus seems to be that in order to locate the clit, you’d better be some kind of super sleuth.

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This picture is only funny to me because Sherlock is gay, not because the clit is that hard to find.

Now that I’ve presented you with some popular misconceptions about the clitoris and made a decent attempt to debunk them, here comes pop-culture’s feminist warrior: Rachel Bloom. Bloom is a comedian, an actress, a producer and a (song)writer on the CW’s hit series Crazt y Ex-Girlfriend, This weeks episode featured a storyline in which an adult man comes to terms with the fact that over the course of their marriage he has never once given his wife an orgasm. He feels understandably bad, but one of the main characters helps him see that this is just a symptom of a much larger issue: he and his wife fail to communicate honestly about sex. This storyline was human, and interesting, and it addressed an issue lots of couples deal with. None the less it almost didn’t make it into the episode in this form, and here’s why:

The CW didn’t want the word “clitoris” said on television. Let Rachel Bloom explain why.

Rachel also tweeted about one of the songs on this week’s episode, Strip Away My Conscience. Apparently, she was forced to make some changes to the lyrics.

So “I’m so wet” is too filthy but “let me choke on your cock(suredness)” is fine? Dudes and dudettes, Frenzied Fangirl is furious. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that the C-word is finally getting some screentime, but it looks to me as though we still have a long way to go.

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