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The clitoris is an organ among the female genitalia that is formed from the same tissues that would become the glans and upper shaft of a penis if the embryo had been exposed to, or responded to androgens (masculinizing hormones). While its male counterpart has the triple function of providing a conduit for eliminating waste, delivering sperm to the female, and being a source of pleasure when stimulated, the clitoris is unique among sensory organs in that it has no other function (as far as is known) other than to stimulate pleasure centres in the brain. It is larger than formerly thought, extending internally around both sides of the uterus, and possibly also defining the mysterious "G spot". Despite this, it is still, although less so than formerly, a mystery to many males, and until the sexual revolution of the 1960s was largely unknown to them. Conservatives and fundamentalist Christians believe that you shouldn't mess with a clitoris before marriage, if ever.
It can be supposed that women through the ages have known about the "little button" but have never been able to publicise its presence. Despite being far smaller than the male glans, the clitoris contains about 8,000 nerve endings, compared to only 4,000 nerve endings in the business end of the penis. If men had a clitoris the "thinking about sex every 20 seconds" would probably increase to every 5 seconds.wild ass guess!
Pictures of clitorises are widely available on the internet, often in graphic detail and totally unconnected with medical or physiological websites.
Mutilation of the classically female genitalia, including the clitoris, has been widespread in Africa, the Middle East, and (considerably less frequently) in South America, India and Indonesia. It is often justified on grounds of beauty. Migration has brought the practice to countries which were hitherto free of it. In cultures where this mutilation is extremely common, women may wonder how a woman without mutilation can enjoy sex. Such sentiments are common among cultures that are ignorant about both sides of the issue, for instance, in the US, women wonder how women can enjoy sex with mutilation, even though anecdotal evidence strongly indicates that (some forms) of mutilation still allow the owner of the genitalia to enjoy sex. Although, they could all be faking it…
In Danish, the word "klit" means "sand dune".
- The little man in a boat.
- Pearl (as in pearl diving).
- The dearth of euphemisms must have some social significance. Most women will, if pushed, refer to their "clit", if at all. They do prefer that you continue pushing if you start.
 See also
- Wikipedia: Female genital cutting
- Amnesty International: Women's Human Rights
- World Health Organization: Female genital mutilation