It sounds a bit like a riddle. What’s 400 feet long, French, and guaranteed to make a woman smile? The answer is this representation of a clitoris that materialized in a field in the village of Montferrier-sur-Lez in the department of Hérault near the Mediterranean Sea.
The image is the handiwork of two sexologists named Marie-Noelle Lanuit and Jean-Claude Piquard, and a protest against the taboos that prevent the depiction of lady parts in public places, esp. in textbooks, which, according to the two professors, become curiously euphemistic when female sexuality is the topic.
“The clitoris still has no visibility in biology textbooks,” Lanuit said to the Midi-Libre newspaper. “Either it’s absent or it is included but with no mention that it is the organ of female pleasure,”
“Female pleasure is taboo in the medical world. Only the vaginal pleasure is taught where the clitoris plays a secondary role, with arguments that are often incompatible with anatomical data. It is sometimes named, but it is never drawn in textbooks in the complete form. In books it is usually presented as a small bean.”
Lanuit and Piquard were dressed in red to represent the sexual organ.