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Were you taught that a boy has a penis and a girl has a vagina?

It’s not true.

To be clear, it’s not false either.

It’s true that female bodies have a vagina and male bodies have a penis. Another undisputed fact is that gender doesn’t always depend on what genitals a person has.

But, let’s stick with one thing at a time.

This project isn’t about gender identity or reproductive systems. It’s about the comparable parts of male and female bodied genitals…the most sensitive parts.

Barefaced game card about glans of penis and clitoris

Today’s artsy fartsy sex ed is all about the similarities of a penis and a clitoris.

Inspired by a card from Barefaced game, I created a coloring page to show how the penis is analogous to the clitoris...not the vagina.

This is important because, for a long time, the clitoris was ignored. People simply denied it existed. 

Throughout modern history, the vagina has reigned supreme. Sex was celebrated for making babies, and shamed for all other reasons.

Medical illustrations are only recently starting to represent the clitoris accurately.

Some anatomy texts still show the clitoris looking like a lone lima bean…floating on the outskirts of the vulva.

That’s just wrong.

Maybe, the clitoris has been ignored for so long because it only provides pleasure. Perhaps, acknowledging that fact upsets the balance of power in our sex-negative culture? 

It’s food for thought…and time for the truth.

artsy fartsy sex ed penis and clitoris coloring page

A penis doesn’t compare to the vagina…it compares to the clitoris. 

A vagina doesn’t have a matching part in a male body. It’s in a category all by itself.

When we’re tiny little embryos forming in the womb, we all have genitals that start out looking the same. They look more female than male. 

If our body is destined to be male, testosterone kicks in and tells the genitals to morph into a penis. 

Without that hormonal burst of male hormones, our bodies remain female. The clitoris keeps on developing into a full grown, pleasure-specific part.

A small portion of people get a unique combination of both.

barefaced game artsy fartsy sex ed coloring page of penis and clitoris

Most people don’t learn a whole lot about the clitoris in sex ed…it’s taboo.

Weird, right?

How can you learn about sex and sexuality without talking about a very important part of half of humanity’s genitals?

Can you imagine pretending the penis doesn’t exist?

I think we’re all finally waking up to reality. Not knowing the truth causes more harm than good.

Owning our right to pleasure helps us to stay safe, and say no to things that feel bad.

Our personal well-being depends on learning all about our bodies, and intimate relationships require that we know what’s what with our partner’s.

It seems logical, but most of the world is still working on overcoming shame around sex and sexuality.

Pleasure tends to make people squirm in an uncomfortable way. Let’s change that.

We can give modern youth the gift of growing up educated, and sexually empowered.

The truth is, a male body has a penis. A female body has a clitoris.

They are made up of the same parts, but put together differently. 

The most sensitive area on everyone’s genitals is the glans.

When you touch it, it goes Zap! 

 

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