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Virgin Territory: The Male Discovery of the Clitoris
Renaissance men could barely keep up with all the exciting discoveries of their era, not least in the field of anatomy. Soon scholars were falling over one another claiming the discovery: A certain Gabriello Fallopio, who was the first to identify fallopian tubes, insisted that he had found the clitoris first. This is probably true, but Fallopio did not publish his findings until two years later, in , so the laurels officially go to Columbus. Unseemly squabbling amongst anatomists continued for a century, until a Dutch physician showed that the clitoris had actually been known to science since the Greeks and was written about in great detail by the second-century A. Fallopio may have missed out on the clitoris, but history does honor him as the inventor of the condom: In , he reported that he had constructed a fine linen sheath that could be tied around the head of the penis.
Nonetheless, acknowledging the shape, size, or even existence of this essential body part has not always been par for the course—even in the medical profession. To a major extent its study has been dominated by social factors. Free to download , the life-size model was designed by the French engineer, sociologist, and independent researcher Odile Fillod and released early last year. Historical accounts of the clitoris are plagued by disparagement or ignorance. Though Magnus, a renowned scholar in the Middle Ages, considered the clitoris as homologous to the penis, not all who succeeded him agreed.