Health

France Adds 3D Printed Sculpture to Sex-Ed Classes

August 17th 2016

By:
Lucy Tiven

French schools have found a novel way to teach students about female pleasure in sex-ed classes: using a 3D-printed clitoris.

3D Clit

The 3D model was created by sociomedical researcher Odile Fillod, and it will be used in primary and secondary school classrooms in France beginning in September, the Guardian reports.

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“It’s important that women have a mental image of what is actually happening in their body when they’re stimulated,” Fillod told the Guardian. “In understanding the key role of the clitoris, a woman can stop feeling shame, or [that she’s] abnormal if penile-vaginal intercourse doesn’t do the trick for her — given the anatomical data, that is the case for most women.”

The sculpture illustrates the anatomy of the clitoris and will allow sex-ed teachers to explain the differences between male and female arousal.

3d clit

The Guardian explains:

"From Fillod’s sculpture, pupils will learn that the clitoris is made up of the same tissue as the penis. That it is divided into crura or legs, bulbs, foreskin and a head. That the only difference between a clitoris and a penis is that most of the female erectile tissue is internal – and that it’s often longer, at around 8 inches."

“It’s also vital to know that the equivalent of a penis in a woman is not a vagina, it’s her clitoris," Fillod added. "Women get erections when they’re excited, only you can’t see them because most of the clitoris is internal. I wanted to show that men and women are not fundamentally different.”

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The clitoris has more nerve endings than any other part of the human body. It's also the only male or female organ whose sole purpose is pleasure.

Many scientists even believe all female orgasms "emanate from the clitoris," Psychology Today explains.

The female orgasm also has mental and physical health benefits: "hitting the o" releases oxytocin, dopamine, and endorphins, which can relieve pain and lift your mood.

But you probably didn't hear much about female pleasure in sex-ed class.

As ATTN: has previously reported, 27 U.S. states require abstinence centered sex education and less than half of the states in the country don't require schools to offer any form of sex-ed.

Perhaps we should take a tip from the French.