Cliteracy 101

Sophia Wallace didn’t anticipate becoming an internationally celebrated “clit artist,” but she did, thanks to her 2012 mixed media project CLITERACY, which has blossomed through the years, recently finding a new audience through a digital collaboration with the Huffington Post.

“I wouldn’t say it was easy to take on this subject matter, to be the ‘clit artist.’ I worried, rightly, that I would lose professional credibility, that doors would slam in my face,” she said in an interview with Mic.

“I created CLITERACY because I was haunted by the lack of the clitoris in visual representation and speech,” Wallace said, noting that the clitoris was not medically recognized until 1998. Calling it the “true female sexual organ,” because, as the location of 8,000 nerve endings, it is the epicenter of female pleasure.

Yet the clitoris has been overlooked, ignored and dismissed throughout human history, especially because women’s sexuality outside of men’s sexual needs is so rarely considered. “The effect of never hearing the word clitoris in education,” Wallace said, “never seeing representations of it in visual culture, not even discussing it with the doctor, is that women eventually trust a false canon of knowledge more than their own bodies.”

Recognizing the clit means that women “have body sovereignty, autonomous sexuality and … dignity.” CLITERACY, in tandem with the Huffington Post’s digital media platform, serves to educate and delight both men and women on the power of the clitoris.

Becoming “cliterate” in four steps: Wallace, who composed the “100 Natural Laws” of CLITERACY, “which are like the Universal Declaration of Rights for the clitoris to exist free of harm,” she said, outlined a four-step process in becoming “cliterate.”

1) Learn the anatomy of the clitoris and that “the glans of the clitoris and the glans of the penis are homologous.”

2) Apply this knowledge to all of your sexual encounters. “This means treating the clitoris as the alpha and omega of their pleasure, always engaging it as a star, never as an afterthought, never as a warm-up,” Wallace said.

3) Acknowledge the clit’s existence. “Refus[e] not to see it,” Wallace intoned, and “speak up for it when others try to negate it or [reference] female genitals as an insult.”

4) Realize that everyone has the right to pleasure in sex, and, Wallace said, “to have their body treated with dignity.”

Source – Mic 


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