"Clitoraid is proud to announce its first annual International Clitoris Awareness Week, May 6 to May 12," said Nadine Gary , Clitoraid spokesperson, in a statement released today.
"Our first six years of humanitarian work have been dedicated to surgically repairing clitorises for female genital mutilation [FGM] victims, and on October 8 we'll open the world's first Clitoral Restoration Hospital," Gary said. "This year, we'll celebrate the sexual pleasure of all women, since all can benefit from more sexual appreciation."
She said another Clitoraid mission is to raise public awareness about the clitoris.
"It's been ignored, vilified, made taboo, and considered sinful and shameful for centuries because of patriarchal religious values," Gary said. "It's time to give this beautiful organ the attention it deserves. It's the only human organ with an exclusive sexual pleasure function!"
We don't need to go far back in history to see why Western women still experience sexual guilt, she said.
"In the 19th century, 'nymphomania' was considered a disease," Gary said. "Maybe it still is! Masturbation was thought to cause jaundice, blindness and premature death, and doctors even believed that sexual arousal destroys a woman's mental balance. The clitoris was declared the source of these purported problems, and in 1865, the president of the British Medical Society recommended clitoral excision as a cure for illnesses like epilepsy and hysteria. Amazingly, scientists didn't really research the clitoris until the 21st century. Dr. Helen O'Connell, an Australian urologist, finally mapped it in all its voluptuous splendor 8 years ago by using an MRI device."