Kickass Woman Of The Day: New York Artist Sophia Wallace Tackles Our “Cliteracy” Problem

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How Cliterate Are You?
Sophia Wallace's Cliteracy Project
"The true female sexual organ is virtually invisible..."

Artist Sophia Wallace’s interest in the disconnect between women’s bodies being sexualized and the lack of pleasure many of them are experiencing led her to create a “Cliteracy” installation about the “true female sexual organ” and it’s virtual invisibility.

“It is a curious dilemma to observe the paradox that on the one hand the female body is the primary metaphor for sexuality, its use saturates advertising, art and the mainstream erotic imaginary. Yet, the clitoris, the true female sexual organ, is virtually invisible,”she told Creem Magazine.

Based on the overwhelming response she got to her first piece, Wallace expanded “Cliteracy” into a  multi-media project that would challenge these misconceptions and to lift our veil of ignorance about the female body. It now includes the “100 Laws of Cliteracy” (a “case for the clit” using scientific data, historical information, and references to architecture, porn, pop culture and human rights), street art ” (an “advertising campaign for the clitoris, … After all, who needs an ad campaign more than the clit?” asks Wallace), and a “clit rodeo”(an interactive installation piece of a giant golden clitoris).

And what affect does Wallace hope her art will have on all of us? “To think about the clit, to talk about the clit, to treat the clit on equal terms as the penis,” she says. Wallace also hopes we’ll “stop thinking that the only way to talk about a female body is to destroy it.”

That’s deep. I love this project. [Huffington Post]

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