This French documentary makes its intentions clear from the outset. After a camera lingers on a woman's nape, it pans to her breasts and down to her genitals, which are conveniently obscured by her carefully placed hands. Obscured, that is, until the woman removes her impromptu screen and shifts her feet so that she is standing upright, confidently revealing her womanhood. And her womanhood is exactly the point. Or should that be her woman's hood?
The Clitoris: Forbidden Pleasure () - radiokotermak.com
Hall The Clitoris: Forbidden Pleasure. Directed by Stephen Firmin and Variety Moszynski. There is something a little ironic about subtitling a documentary purporting to present a new and positive view of the clitoris "Forbidden Pleasure. It conveys a certain amount of basic information about the history of understanding of the clitoris, its role in female sexual pleasure, and the present state of research into this still relatively little investigated organ. It might therefore serve as a useful introduction to the subject and provoke discussion. However, there are a number of problems.
Topics about female sexuality are growing in popularity. Magazines and talk shows all discuss it. Yet a fair percentage of women are said to suffer from female sexual dysfunction. While male sexual problems have traditionally received the most publicity, only recently has research begun into the problems that plague female sexuality.
Other sequences look at the clitoris' crucial importance in terms of female sexual response; a clinical psychologist discusses how seventy percent of women report that they do not have orgasms during vaginal intercourse. And teenage girls discuss overcoming social taboos involved in discussing their sexual anatomy, learning about the pleasures it can afford them, as well as the importance of sexual responsibility in their relationships. The film also examines other issues, such as women's response to erotica, whether or not the "G spot" actually exists, the nature of female sexual urges, women's ability to have multiple orgasms, the debate over Viagra and the potential for a female version of this sexual-enhancement drug, and women's basic right to sexual pleasure.