LAS VEGAS, May 7 – As its annual Clitoris Awareness Week (May 3-10) continues, Clitoraid, a non-profit organization in both the United Kingdom and the United States, is denouncing Britain's repeated refusal to allow clitoral repair surgery for victims of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the United Kingdom.
“Despite its extensive, well-publicized measures to end FGM on British soil, the British government still won’t let the surgery be performed there,” said Nadine Gary, spokesperson for Clitoraid. “We’re about to open a hospital for FGM victims in the West African country of Burkina Faso, where any woman will be able to have the procedure through Clitoraid for free. “So we’re asking the British government to immediately change its policy. Prohibiting clitoral repair surgery for FGM victims downplays the importance of the clitoris, the beautiful organ so essential to female health and dignity. And of course the clitoris provides the sense of pleasure most Western women take for granted. That capacity has been brutally taken from FGM victims.”
Gary said that in 2013, Minister Lynne Featherstone proudly announced a 35-million-pound program aimed to eradicate FGM within a generation, both in the United Kingdom and in the countries where the barbaric practice originated.
“We immediately contacted Ms. Featherstone and offered to train U.K. surgeons in the clitoral restorative procedure for FGM victims,” she said. “Our two American Clitoraid volunteer surgeons, Dr. Marci Bowers and Dr. Harold Henning, have successfully offered it in the U.S. for several years already.”
"Why would the U.K. deny women who have suffered genital mutilation the right to recover their genital integrity and sexual pleasure?” Henning asked. “It’s just outrageous. After all, a free U.K. medical service is already in place to repair their vaginal openings for reproductive purposes!”
Henning said that because the U.K.’s Royal College of Oobstetricians and Gynecologists (ROCG) vetoed the offering of the clitoral repair procedure in the U.K., Clitoraid has had to send 11 United Kingdom FGM patients thus far to Dr. Pierre Foldes in Paris. [Foldes developed the clitoral repair technique.] Three times as many have written to Clitoraid to enquire about the service.
Henning explained that Anna Soubry, the U.K.’s Public Health Minister, has stated: "The [UK] reversal procedure is quite straightforward. We use local anesthetic, make a small incision, and then sew over the edges [of the vulva], so the women are then a normal size for childbirth and making love."
"Making love: exactly what does Ms. Soubry mean by that?” Henning asked. “Does she mean facilitating penetration for the male partner of the FGM victim, thereby enhancing his pleasure while only making it less painful for his partner?"
"If Britain really wants to eliminate FGM, it needs to show that it embraces and promotes sexual pleasure and integrity for all women,” Gary said. “And it needs to adopt every measure needed to reach that goal, starting with giving FGM victims easy access to the surgical procedure that restores the clitoris."
LAS VEGAS, April 30 – With this year’s Clitoris Awareness Week (May 3-10) about to begin, a statement released today by U.S.-based organization Clitoraid announced the first two recipients of its new "Clitoris Awareness Award."
“With this award, we honor two wonderful artists who have greatly contributed to public awareness of this widely unknown and often vilified human organ, the clitoris,” said Brigitte Boisselier, PhD, president of Clitoraid and spokesperson for the International Raelian Movement.
"Penelopi Jones has brought elegance and beauty with her artistic representation of the female sexual organ, and we’re proud to offer her design in our online store to raise funds for our humanitarian operations. We hope many women will wear it proudly and thereby help provide regained sexual pleasure and dignity for sexually mutilated women. Their clitoral functioning can now be restored thanks to our services.”
Boisselier explained that Clitoraid is a Nevada-based charity that offers free clitoris repair surgery to victims of female genital mutilation (FGM). In Burkina Faso, Africa, Clitoraid will soon open the world’s first hospital to offer free surgical repair surgery to any woman who wants it.
FGM is still prevalent in many places around the world.
"There are more than 160 million women alive today, with 500,000 in the United States alone, who have been deprived of a part of their clitoris,” Boisselier said. “Their lives are full of pain and feelings of inferiority.”
Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi is the other recipient of the new award.
“Along with her courageous depictions of the vulva in her art displays, Ms. Igarashi has designed a "Manko-Shan" (precious vulva) logo for us,” Boisselier said. “For this innocent artwork, she is facing a jail sentence and steep fine because public display of female genitals is illegal in Japan, even in artworks.”
Boisselier said an animation of Megumi Igarashi’s Manko-Shan cartoon will kick off Clitoris Awareness Week as Clitoraid members and fans organize parties, forums and conferences worldwide to honor and celebrate the inner and outer beauty of the clitoris.
This provocative little anatomical form, mysterious yet oddly familiar, is a subtly stylized representation of a thing we all know, yet may know surprisingly little about. Until very recently both science and culture have misunderstood and often ignored all but the very tip of it. Penelope Jones' ring, illustrate the newly rediscovered internal structure of the clitoris. (see sonogram photo below)The sensitive little button at the top of a woman's vulva is just the tip of the iceberg. What lies beneath the surface is vastly more complex and fascinating. It contains eight thousand nerve endings at the tip that permeate through this greater internal structure, then connect to fifteen thousand more, suggesting that even vaginal orgasms are technically "clitoral." Over a lifetime a clitoris will increase in sensitivity and size seven times. The "wings," called the bulbs of the vestibule, hug the vaginal canal, composed of erectile tissue, they become swollen during arousal. The two "arms," the crura form a wishbone-like shape. We like to think of them as a tuning fork, a device for sending and receiving vibrational energy, possibly for exploring the resonant structure of the universe.
Penelopi Jones has hand crafted these jewelry objects as a fun and elegant conversation piece to help you illustrate to your lovers and friends a greater understanding of the miraculous structure of the internal clitoris. The artist was selected to receive the first Clitoris Awareness Award for her creation.
May this ClitoRing serve you as a talisman for extraordinary orgasms!
Clitoraid will soon offer the ring is a fundraiser for it humanitarian endeavor, in the meantime, please feel to visit Penelopi Jones.
LAS VEGAS, April 27 – “Next month, we'll be launching our third annual International Clitoris Awareness Week, May 3-10,” said Nadine Gary, Clitoraid spokesperson. “We invite women worldwide to defend, explore and rejoice in their right to sexual pleasure.”
Although Clitoraid focuses on clitoral repair surgery for women suffering effects of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), its central mission is to raise public awareness.
"In some African countries, 98 percent of the women have had their sexual organs mutilated,” Gary said. “They will never experience sexual pleasure unless they have the surgery that Clitoraid is offering to do right now for free in Burkina Faso, and soon in many other countries. But there is also a mental mutilation component, one that almost all women worldwide suffer from after being told for centuries that sensuality and sexuality are dirty.”
Clitoraid was the vision of Rael, founder and spiritual head of the Raelian Movement.
“He wrote 'Sensual Meditation,' a book emphasizing the importance of pleasure for men and women, and he pointed out that repression of sexual pleasure is damaging to our fulfillment as human beings,” Gary said, adding that women have born the brunt of that repression.
“The clitoris is a magnificent organ that has been ignored, vilified, made taboo, and even considered sinful through antiquated, patriarchal religious teachings,” she explained. “It’s time to give it the attention it deserves as the only organ with an exclusive sexual pleasure function!”
Gary said it’s easy to see why Western women still experience sexual guilt.“Not that long ago, 'nymphomania' was considered a disease, and masturbation was thought to cause blindness and premature death,” she pointed out. Doctors even believed that sexual arousal destroys a woman’s mental balance!”
The clitoris, boasting the most nerve endings of any human organ (8,000, against 5,000 in the penis), was declared the source of the purported problems. The original sonogram image of the internal clitoris, depicted in yellow.
“In 1865, the president of the British Medical Society recommended clitoral excision to cure illnesses like epilepsy and hysteria,” Gary said.” And scientists didn’t fully research the clitoris until recently. Dr. Helen O’Connell, an Australian urologist, mapped it completely 8 years ago, using an MRI device.”
Clitoraid is inviting women to organize special events on Clitoris Awareness Week. “They should celebrate their sexual beauty,” Gary said. “Sexual expression brings self-esteem and inner balance, so let's celebrate the clitoris without shame or guilt!”
The most joyful celebration is expected to take place in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where a group of FGM victims is celebrating surgically restored clitorises, thanks to Clitoraid. “They’re experiencing sexual pleasure sensations for the first time!” Gary exclaimed.
Clitoraid volunteer surgeons Dr. Marci Bowers and Dr. Harold Henning, who flew to Burkina Faso for our first medical humanitarian mission there.
Clitoraid is a public charity and has been granted tax exempt status (section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code). US taxpayers can deduct donations to us from their federally-taxable income. Our tax-ID# is: 20-4818106