Sep
30

“Cliteracy” art project includes clit rodeo

If you ask us, there can never be enough clitoris-themed art in this world. That’s why we are loving artist Sophia Wallace‘s multi-media project, “Cliteracy.”

The name, Wallace explains, comes from the idea of “total illiteracy and incompetence when it comes to the female body.” Although the anatomy of the clitoris (both internal and external) was present in scientific literature as long ago as the mid-1800s, and the internal clitoris gained some attention in 1998 when Australian urologist named Helen O’Connell published a paper about it, many are still unaware of the true size and scope of it. Wallace says:

It is a curious dilemma to observe the paradox that on the one hand the female body is the primary metaphor for sexuality, its use saturates advertising, art and the mainstream erotic imaginary. Yet, the clitoris, the true female sexual organ, is virtually invisible.

The project has many facets: a 10 x 13 foot installation called “100 Natural Laws of Cliteracy,” street art advertising the clitoris, and our favorite: a giant golden clitoris that guests are encouraged to mount like a mechanical bull. The “100 Natural Laws of Cliteracy” installation includes a 6-foot neon “Cliteracy” sign suspended above a lengthy list of text — scientific data, historical information, pop culture references, etc., such as “the clitoris is not a button / it is an iceberg.”

The “Clit Rodeo,” as it’s awesomely called, allows guests to ride the anatomically accurate (except for its size!) golden clitoris. “People couldn’t stop looking at [the clitoris], touching it riding it, being around it,” Wallace said. “It just had this aura about it.” Well, of course it did!

Watch the video below to hear more from the artist and see the clit rodeo in action:

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  • Amelia Blakeman

    I got a Solid Gold Clit tank top and I love the entire project! Having close friends/family ask me whether it is appropriate to wear is a welcome opportunity to ask why (in the face of the ridiculous and offensive shirts I see many people wearing day to day) this is so offensive.

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