Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  60 minutes
Date:  2004
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English / English subtitles
Grade level: College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
Interactive transcript available
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The Clitoris

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A provocative and often humorous documentary exploring the 'mysteries' of female sexuality, focusing on the clitoris.

The Clitoris

'The clitoris is the only part of the body which has no function other than providing pleasure.' - Natalie Angier, author of Woman: An Intimate Geography

This provocative and often humorous documentary explores the 'mysteries' of female sexuality, focusing on the clitoris; a tiny, highly sensitive organ with 8,000 nerve endings at its tip, making it the most responsive organ in the human body, including the tongue or, in men, the penis.

In THE CLITORIS interviews with doctors, psychologists, writers, therapists, and sex educators are interwoven with graphic imagery, animation, hilarious TV commercials to examine both historical and contemporary perceptions of the psychology and physiology of women's sexual response.

Originally 'discovered' in 1559 by an Italian anatomist, the clitoris was long ignored or misunderstood in the medical literature. But the film includes sequences with Dr. Helen O'Connell, a Urologist at the University of Melbourne who did the first complete anatomical study of the clitoris, as well as animated sequences illustrating both its internal and external physiology.

Other sequences look at the clitoris' crucial importance in terms of female sexual response; a clinical psychologist discusses how seventy percent of women report that they do not have orgasms during vaginal intercourse. And teenage girls discuss overcoming social taboos involved in discussing their sexual anatomy, learning about the pleasures it can afford them, as well as the importance of sexual responsibility in their relationships.

The film also examines other issues, such as women's response to erotica, whether or not the 'G spot' actually exists, the nature of female sexual urges, women's ability to have multiple orgasms, the debate over Viagra and the potential for a female version of this sexual-enhancement drug, and women's basic right to sexual pleasure.

In short, THE CLITORIS is a stimulating documentary that is sure to generate discussion and debate in a wide variety of settings!

' * * * [3 Stars!] Recommended! Exposing the many historical omissions and peculiar myths surrounding this most complex part of the female anatomy... THE CLITORIS is a serious, but also playfully risqué, documentary featuring an international group of writers, medical researchers, sex therapists, psychologists, and others discussing a myriad of sex-related topics, from age-old offensive historical depictions... to the humorous misrepresentations (or, more accurately, total lack of representation) of women's orgasmic potential in medical, educational and literary texts. Drive[s] home the point that centuries of ignorance and fear have combined to made women's sensuality an all-too-often forbidden pleasure. Lots of saucy fun!'-Video Librarian

'A fine film, done with high production values, tasteful explicit nudity and sexual discussions. One can feel comfortable using it in a variety of settings. The film will be useful for classroom work, men's and women's discussion groups, and other locations where sexuality can be openly presented and discussed. Some very lovely images of the female body and specifically the vulva, open onto an assortment of interviews, discussions, cartoons, medical images and animations, and, in particular, a wide ranging discussions of the history, problems and pleasures of female sexuality.'-David S. Hall, PhD, for The Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality

'Recommended! A refreshingly open exploration of a topic that is usually considered taboo. The video and audio qualities are excellent and the graphics greatly enhance the clinical explanations presented in the film. This documentary is recommended for libraries in educational institutions, especially those specializing in medicine or issues of sexuality. This video would also be useful for non-profit organizations specializing in sexual education and women's issues. '-Educational Media Reviews Online

'Very good... informative and educational.'-World Screen News


** 2005 National Women's Studies Association Film Festival


Main credits

Other credits

Camera, Nicole Battake ... [et al.]; editor, Variety Moszynski.

Distributor credits

Tamsin Moufflet

Michèle Dominici; Variety Moszynski; Stephen Firmin

Stephen Firmin and Variety Moszynski

Docuseek2 subjects

Women's Studies
Gender and Sexuality
Health, Healthcare, Medicine and Nursing
Women's History
Youth Issues

Distributor subjects

Health Issues
Human Anatomy
Human Sexuality
Sex and Sexuality
Women's Health
Women's Studies
Youth Issues


female sexuality; erotica; orgasm; woman's; women's; sex; sexual response; intercourse; pleasure; psychiatry; anatomy; documentary; history; Viagra; G Spot; Dr. Helen O'Connell; Natalie Angier; film; video; DVD; ,"The Clitoris",Icarus Films

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