Our culture tends to consider the male sexual experience as the standard for everyone, male or female, but this creates a great deal of misinformation around what is sexually ‘normal’ for women. This forces women to examine their sexuality through a model that is entirely based on how men function, and leads to the assumption that male sexuality is the norm, which in fact is not at all the case. Since women’s expectations are based on misinformation that does not reflect the true nature of their bodies, it causes constant dissatisfaction and frustration.
In order to put an end to these inaccurate cultural standards, and the damage they cause, women need to have a better understanding of the science behind their sexuality. From a scientific point of view, male and female genitalia do in fact originate from the same embryonic tissue, but they then develop in different ways, taking on distinct forms, and performing different functions, depending on a person’s gender. The male equivalent of the clitoris, for example, is the penis, but while only the head of the clitoris is visible outside a woman’s body, and the rest extends inwards, much of the penis is visible outside a man’s body. The differences in their appearance have to do with their specific function: the clitoris is only responsible for sensation, while the penis is responsible for sensation, penetration, ejaculation, and urination. Women will only be able to break free of unrealistic standards, to learn to appreciate their sexuality for what it is, and to improve their general well-being, by looking at their sexuality from a scientific, rather than a cultural, perspective.