There has always been a disparity between the sex we see in films and on TV and the sex we experience in real life, particularly as the majority of sex scenes have a focus on a woman achieving orgasm after a few hard thrusts of penetrative sex.
Now, two campaigners, Frances Rayner and Irene Tortajada, tired of how pop culture represents female pleasure has created The Clit Test, eager to set a new standard, reports Insider.
It’s a bit like the Bechdel Test, but with added orgasms,
The Clit Test is to simply recognise any scene in a film, TV show, or book that acknowledges the clitoris, for example, a head or a hand disappearing under the bedsheets, or simply a mention of female masturbation. The test will assign a ‘Clit Test Pass’ for scenes that praise clitoral stimulation, or express disappointment if there’s a lack of it.
If you’re curious why this is important, then consider that it’s estimated that 80 per cent of people with a vulva need clitoral stimulation to achieve an orgasm, and up to 40 per cent of women have difficulty reaching a climax. And disappointingly nearly 60 per cent have faked an orgasm simply to please their partner.
Frances explained that she had no idea about self-pleasure while growing up, and had never been told about the clitoris.
“From a young age I knew all about blow jobs, penis-in-vagina sex, and male masturbation, but nothing in any of the culture I consumed taught me how women’s bodies worked beyond periods and pregnancy. I'm 34 now, and I've spent a year reading academic papers to check I'm not an anomaly in either my anatomy or my ignorance,” she said.
The Clit Test campaign celebrates the creators of accurate representations of female pleasure and has gained the support of academics and experts on the female orgasm. If you want to see if any of your favourite sex scenes have had Clit Test approval, you can check on their website.
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