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

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  • envious pen

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

    • Lschloss

      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).

      • WARRZONE

        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.

  • envious pen

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

  • http://www.demotywatorysmieszne.pl Demotywatory

    this is madness

    • Davey

      Madness?
      THIS IS
      No.

  • http://www.demotywatorysmieszne.pl Demotywatory

    this is madness

  • justagirl

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

  • justagirl

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

  • chinagreenelvis

    This all seems fairly fucking obvious.

  • chinagreenelvis

    This all seems fairly fucking obvious.

  • Potter

    People have People parts!

  • Potter

    People have People parts!

  • grooveboss

    you are doing it wrong

  • grooveboss

    you are doing it wrong

  • http://twitter.com/KingDavidLane King David

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

  • http://twitter.com/KingDavidLane David James Lane

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

  • http://sweattshop-graphic-artist.blogspot.com/ Dennis Sweatt

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Jamesperdue

    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.

  • Jamesperdue

    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.

  • http://www.owenmarcus.com Owen Marcus

    So, we are a woman turned inside out?

  • http://www.owenmarcus.com Owen Marcus

    So, we are a woman turned inside out?

  • Hungary123

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

    • justagirl

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

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_76MITND6RHT2G3FEDZB2QJQM7E C.

      Bet yuo’re a woman-hating jew!

  • Hungary123

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

  • justagirl

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

  • Lady

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

    • dreamer

      I’d guess that’sabout the size of it! :-)

  • Lady

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

  • dreamer

    I’d guess that’sabout the size of it! :-)

  • justagirl

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

  • justagirl

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

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  • firewater

    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!

    • Artor

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

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EMLFKLALZHF7EBYUQXHUHQOATQ Tony

        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.

  • firewater

    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!

  • Anonymous

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

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EMLFKLALZHF7EBYUQXHUHQOATQ Tony

    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.

  • http://www.buyphen375.org/are-fat-burners-like-phen375-really-safe-and-effective/ Shirleytemple098

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

  • http://www.buyphen375.org/phen375-fat-burner-info/ Phen375

    What else could I long to read. It seems embarassing

  • Davey

    Madness?
    THIS IS
    No.

  • http://buyphen375.weebly.com/ Phen375 review

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

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_76MITND6RHT2G3FEDZB2QJQM7E C.

    Bet yuo’re a woman-hating jew!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_76MITND6RHT2G3FEDZB2QJQM7E C.

    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.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_76MITND6RHT2G3FEDZB2QJQM7E C.

    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.

  • Lschloss

    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).

  • Lschloss

    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).

  • SoruhFrake

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

    • justagirl

      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

        I agree, mental size though :P 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 :P

  • ttoe

    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.

  • Lawrence Newman

    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.

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