The Clitoris: Forbidden Pleasure.

Author:Hall, David S.
Position::Video recording review

The Clitoris: Forbidden Pleasure Directed by Stephen Firmin & Variety Moszynski First Run Icarus Films, 2003

This one hour video, produced by a multicultural group of people, openly discusses the part of a woman's body that is designed for pleasure. The narrator is Natalie Angier, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biology writer for the New York Times, who wrote the book Women: An Intimate Geography, and she is supported by educators, researchers and therapists from France, England, Holland, Australia and the US. 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.

One segment reviews the history of the medical profession's now we see it, now we don't experience, and the horrors of the ignorance when female orgasm was considered an illness to be cured by removing the clitoris. In another, a researcher in Holland describes and demonstrates research on the blood flow response of the vagina using modern equipment and Candida Royale's erotic films. The result is a rapid physiological response of which the subject is unaware, a finding relatively unknown in the popular literature. There are lengthy discussions and medical animations on the anatomy of the clitoris. The film makes it clear that women get...

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