Men Have Clitorises

Shocked Man Here’s a chapter from my Disinformation-published book titled 50 Things You’re Not Supposed To Know: Volume 2 (2004):

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It’s long been noted that all of us start in the womb as sexless little blobs. We each had the same undifferentiated external equipment (a bud of tissue), plus two sets of internal ducts.

Depending on whether an embryo has a Y sex chromosome or two X’s, during week seven it starts developing into a boy or a girl. That little mound of tissue (the genital tubercle) either opens to form two sets of labia and a clitoris, or it closes to make a penis and testicles. When viewed this way, the similarities between guys’ and dolls’ private parts is obvious and has drawn comments since ancient Greek times.

But there’s a whole lot more overlap than you might suspect. Women aren’t the only ones who have a clitoris. Men do, too.

To fully understand this, it helps to know some things about our naughty bits. In women, the clit is a much larger organ than it generally gets credit for being. That little bit of ultra-sensitive tissue that is the target of so much attention is merely the tip of the iceberg. The visible part that is touched and tasted is the crown, typically 0.25 to 0.75 of an inch in length. Hidden from view is the other 2.75 to 5 inches of the structure! The entire thing is shaped like a Y, with the visible crown leading to the section called the body, which then splits into two legs that hug the urethra and vagina canal.

This 3- to 5.75-inch structure is made of two sandwiched strips of corpora cavernosa, a tissue that engorges with blood and stiffens when its owner is aroused.

Shocked ManTurning to the penis, we see that its insides are made up of two kinds of tissue. The thin corpus spongiosum runs along the underside of the shaft, enveloping the urethra, and accounts for all of the head. This tissue plays a minor role in erections, since a hard-on is due mostly to the two sandwiched strips of corpora cavernosa, which comprise the bulk of the shaft. These taper off internally right as they reach the spongiosum dickhead.

As in women, a man’s cavernosa soaks up blood and becomes erect when sexually excited. As in women, the cavernosa is shaped like a Y with three parts — crown, body, legs. In the case of men, the body accounts for more of the structure, and the legs are relatively stubby. On average, the male cavernosa is typically longer and thicker (which makes sense, since men as a group are bigger than women), and — unlike women — the majority of it is visible.

So here’s what we have: the same tissue forming the same structure in the same place. In other words, it’s the same thing.

A penis is really a clitoris that’s been pulled mostly out of the body and grafted on top of a much smaller piece of spongiosum containing the urethra.

As much as I’d like to be known as the person who first realized that men have clits, the credit goes to psychologist-anatomist-sexologist Josephine Lowndes Sevely for first making this explicit in 1987. Science writer Catherine Blackledge expanded on it in 2004.

References: “Male Clits.” Blackledge, Catherine. The Story of V: A Natural History of Female Sexuality. Rutgers University Press, 2004. § Gray, Henry. Anatomy of the Human Body. 20th ed., rev. and re-edited by Warren H. Lewis. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1918. § Sevely, Josephine Lowndes. Eve’s Secrets: A New Theory of Female Sexuality. Random House, 1987

55 Comments on "Men Have Clitorises"

  1. envious pen | Dec 27, 2010 at 11:42 am |

    Or conversely, you could say that women have a penis.

  2. envious pen | Dec 27, 2010 at 7:42 am |

    Or conversely, you could say that women have a penis.

    • Well, you could, but you’d be wrong.  It is common knowledge that all early embryos are initially female (XX), but some turn into males (XY).

      • And you’d be wrong as well as “common knowledge.” The sperm determines whether to give an X or a Y chromosome (to get XX or XY allosomes) at the point of conception. We all start genderless. As stated in the article the clitoris or penis grows from the same tissue, the genital tuberical. So all these other arguments stating that men start with a clit that grows into a penis or that the clit is a small penis is as stupid as saying humans came from apes. It’s amazing how many people misunderstand that theory. For the uninformed and the misinformed, the theory states that humans and apes have a common ancestor, not that either one came from the other.

  3. justagirl | Dec 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm |

    i think my penises are closer to 5 inches rather than the 2.75. they’re… pretty big.

  4. justagirl | Dec 27, 2010 at 11:13 am |

    i think my penises are closer to 5 inches rather than the 2.75. they’re… pretty big.

  5. chinagreenelvis | Dec 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm |

    This all seems fairly fucking obvious.

  6. chinagreenelvis | Dec 27, 2010 at 11:30 am |

    This all seems fairly fucking obvious.

  7. People have People parts!

  8. People have People parts!

  9. grooveboss | Dec 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm |

    you are doing it wrong

  10. grooveboss | Dec 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm |

    you are doing it wrong

  11. I’ve already npoticed & like envoius said women have a penis.

  12. I’ve already npoticed & like envoius said women have a penis.

  13. Anonymous | Dec 28, 2010 at 5:07 am |

    Only married men have a clitoris. She forces him to. ;]
    http://sweattshop-graphic-artist.blogspot.com/

  14. Only married men have a clitoris. She forces him to. ;]
    http://sweattshop-graphic-artist.blogspot.com/

  15. Jamesperdue | Dec 28, 2010 at 7:00 am |

    The writer should check his sources. I graduated high school in 1980 and this was well known and documented. I believe that it has been pretty well accepted since the 1930’s.

  16. Jamesperdue | Dec 28, 2010 at 3:00 am |

    The writer should check his sources. I graduated high school in 1980 and this was well known and documented. I believe that it has been pretty well accepted since the 1930’s.

  17. So, we are a woman turned inside out?

  18. So, we are a woman turned inside out?

  19. Hungary123 | Dec 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm |

    sorry — women just have little penises as documented “by me” !!

  20. Hungary123 | Dec 29, 2010 at 10:51 am |

    sorry — women just have little penises as documented “by me” !!

  21. justagirl | Dec 29, 2010 at 4:11 pm |

    error in your theory – your penis may not be long enough to get a proper measurement.

  22. So sex for a man feels like sticking your clitoris into a tight warm wet thing? Sign Me
    up!

  23. So sex for a man feels like sticking your clitoris into a tight warm wet thing? Sign Me
    up!

  24. I’d guess that’sabout the size of it! 🙂

  25. justagirl | Jan 1, 2011 at 11:39 pm |

    i’m thinking men have the penis(es) envy now. nice post russss.

  26. justagirl | Jan 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm |

    i’m thinking men have the penis(es) envy now. nice post russss.

  27. firewater | Jan 20, 2011 at 10:25 pm |

    Such a nonsense, how can a penis be a clitoris? Some people ignore, that the pleasure of sexual organs(both man and woman) isn`t the chief purpose of the nature, only the reward for reprodction. So it is clear, the clitoris is a shrinked penis!

  28. firewater | Jan 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm |

    Such a nonsense, how can a penis be a clitoris? Some people ignore, that the pleasure of sexual organs(both man and woman) isn`t the chief purpose of the nature, only the reward for reprodction. So it is clear, the clitoris is a shrinked penis!

    • Except that the Y chromosome is a mutation. The X came first and only differentiated sometime later.

      • What science fiction are you peddling as fact. Are you on drugs? Do everybody a favor and leave your holier than though comments to yourself.

  29. Anonymous | Feb 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm |

    Except that the Y chromosome is a mutation. The X came first and only differentiated sometime later.

  30. What science fiction are you peddling as fact. Are you on drugs? Do everybody a favor and leave your holier than though comments to yourself.

  31. I was nodding after reading the article. It appeared to my mind what would a men with clitoris look like. *ROFL*

  32. What else could I long to read. It seems embarassing

  33. Madness?
    THIS IS
    No.

  34. Too bad, not all people show off themselves to public like those you think. Either he or she is a man or a woman.

  35. Bet yuo’re a woman-hating jew!

  36. BOdies come in all different shapes in sizes.  At what point does a clit become a penis (and a woman become a man)?  at 1 inch? 2 inches? a half an inch?  Male and female are like black and white, we can never really draw a line at what point one becomes the other.  No matter how hard we try.

  37. BOdies come in all different shapes in sizes.  At what point does a clit become a penis (and a woman become a man)?  at 1 inch? 2 inches? a half an inch?  Male and female are like black and white, we can never really draw a line at what point one becomes the other.  No matter how hard we try.

  38. Well, you could, but you’d be wrong.  It is common knowledge that all early embryos are initially female (XX), but some turn into males (XY).

  39. Well, you could, but you’d be wrong.  It is common knowledge that all early embryos are initially female (XX), but some turn into males (XY).

  40. SoruhFrake | Dec 13, 2012 at 11:39 am |

    I once had some penis envy, you are refering to the cubensis mushrooms strain right 😛

    • justagirl | Dec 13, 2012 at 11:58 am |

      oh i loved this post! at second glance i am thinking more about the long legs of the female machine ~ how they go way up into the body and make me shake. size is so important.

      • SoruhFrake | Dec 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm |

        I agree, mental size though 😛 There is enough people that are artificially-extended in terms of all types of physical aspects and it seems the more important physical size becomes, the less mental size there is in the world 😛

  41. Well, then here’s a question. Are the people we so affectionately like to dub shemales or hermaphrodites, are they actually women, but simply with abnormally large Clitoris’ that make it look like they have a penis when in reality they do not.

  42. Lawrence Newman | Jul 7, 2014 at 10:07 am |

    Functionally, in terms of sensitivity, the frenulum/frenular delta is the male clitoris. This is usually mostly/totally excised in circumcision and is the main reason why circumcised men lack so much sensitivity. The glans penis is primarily a protopathic sensor and not very sexually sensitive at all.

  43. Intersex conditions are a little different, and I would not base your default on them. Yes, there are some women with the XY allosome, but there are also some men with the XX allosome. There are other combinations as well.

    With intersex, a genetic mutation has taken place, causing a variation in the embyological development of the reproductive tract. Once again, the default is that we each start out sexless. Then, once the chomosomes become allosomes, the allosomes contain information for androgens to be produced. Once the androgens are produced, the typical boy or girl features begin appearing.

    Note that the info above is extremely boiled down, but it should make things clear.

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