“It is a curious dilemma to observe the paradox that on the one hand the female body is the primary metaphor for sexuality, its use saturates advertising, art and the mainstream erotic imaginary. Yet, the clitoris, the true female sexual organ, is virtually invisible,” Wallace told Creem magazine earlier this year.
“Even in porn, the clitoris is treated as this optional, kind of freaky, ‘wow he’s doing her this huge favor’ thing,” she told HuffPost, adding that women often feel “embarrassed” to ask their partners to pleasure them. “It’s insane to me that this is still happening in 2013.”
I hold Dan Savage in the highest regard, and have for many years. I grew up in Seattle. As a young lesbian, his radio show and column in The Stranger were foundational threads in the tapestry that became my sense of queer self-hood.
Recently, I had the honor of being a guest on his podcast (espide 371, magnum edition). And just today I woke up to this nod from Dan for#CLITERACY in his column. This story he shares is 100% true. Enclosed is the xerox I made of the original column. I must have been about 17 years old at the time. This is one of my most precious pieces of ephemera.