Does the newly unveiled cone-shaped mascot for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games ring a bell? While a tweet from the Paris 2024 organizing committee might have wanted the mascot to be reminiscent of certain types of headgear, a number of people on social media pointed out that the mascot looked like something of a other place on the body. A clitoris. Yes, a clitoris, which, in case you didn’t know, isn’t the name of a new Olympic event. Instead, a clitoris is a body part, a particularly sexually sensitive part of the body. While Olympic mascots are generally not designed to look like genitals, Quentin Girard wrote in an opinion piece for the French newspaper Release that this clitoral resemblance was in fact “very good news” because it meant that France collectively had “finally understood what we look like”.
This does not necessarily mean that the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee had clitoris or clitoris (which are the plural forms of clitoris) in mind when it approved the appearance of this red-colored mascot. . If that was their intention, it would give new meaning to the following tweet from them on November 14:
As you can see, this tweet read: “We present to you the Olympic Phryge and the Paralympic Phryge! The mascots of #Paris2024 Sporty, party girls… and French”, which roughly translates to “Here is the Olympic Phryge and the Paralympic Phryge! The mascots of #Paris2024 They are sporty, like to party… and are so French. Yeah, “sporty”, “likes to party” and “so French” would have been interesting things to say about such a body part.
Instead, the tweet mentioned the term “Phryge”, which is not a different way of spelling the word “refrigerator” or an expletive that starts with the letter “f” and rhymes with “rig”. No, the tweet appeared to refer to a Phrygian cap, otherwise known as a liberty cap, which is a soft cone-shaped headgear where the tip of the cone sags downward. Such caps have been around for ages, being worn in ancient times in Persia and the Balkans. The French connection to the Phrygian cap came when, in the late 1700s, this style of cap became a symbol of the republic that emerged from the French Revolution. Thus, the tweet suggested that the mascot was actually fashioned after this cap.
However, people on social media basically said to wait for a Phrygian second. For example, journalist and podcaster Matilde Meslin tweeted something in French that translated to “We agree that it is not at all a Phrygian cap but a whole clitoris,” or something like that:
And a Twitter account with a blue verification checkmark that listed itself as Sardine Ruisseau (parody) posted something that translated to, “If you also see clitoris everywhere, like this tweet,” on Twitter:
Chances are this tweet meant seeing a clit all over mascots specifically and not everywhere in general. It would be unusual to see such a body part everywhere you look. In fact, the reason Girard thought this clitoral resemblance was “really good news” is that many may not even know where to find the clitoris or what one really looks like. Perhaps that’s why the Vagina Museum, located in London, UK, but not to be confused with the British Museum, used images of the mascots in their “new guide to the anatomy of the clitoris. ” in a tweet on November 15:
A common misconception is that the clitoris is simply a pea-shaped, pea-sized part of the body. When it comes to your clitoris, however, there’s more than meets the eye. You may have seen the visible part, located near the top of your vulva, just below where your labia minora, the technical term for your inner vaginal lips, converge on a mound of skin called the mons pubis and form your clitoral hood. This hood may look a bit like a hood for the glans of the clitoris, which is the aforementioned pea-like structure. As I covered recently for Forbes, your glans clitoris has a lot of nerves, potentially over 10,000 nerve endings on average, which makes it quite sensitive to touch. It’s sensitive in a sexual way and not in an Emo way. These nerve endings give your clitoris what a Cleveland Clinic website describes as a singular purpose, “to enable you to experience sexual pleasure.” While the glans might be what people think of when they think of the clitoris, that would only scratch the surface, so to speak.
Instead, your clitoris goes deep, extending into your body, with the rest of the clitoris forming a V. Such a shape might not be very hard to remember considering how close it is to a few V-words, vagina and vulva. The body or corpus of your clitoris is the upper part of this triangle shape before it divides into two legs or crura of your clitoris. Between these two legs are two vestibular (clitoral) bulbs, which can swell with blood when you are aroused. These blisters wrap around your vaginal canal. The nerves that end in your glans all converge at the root of your clitoris, which is located between where your clitoris legs meet. When you’re turned on, your clitoral bulbs can swell with blood, potentially doubling in size.
As you can see, or maybe you can’t see, the structure of the clitoris is more complex than a simple knot of tissue. And this complexity and the whole clitoris can be overlooked because the clitoris may not be a common topic of conversation. You rarely hear people start sentences with “by the way, the clitoris” or “thought about the clitoris the other day”. In fact, discussing the clitoris may even seem taboo or forbidden, despite the fact that there is no shortage of people willing to talk about male genitalia, as evidenced by the plethora of male enhancement product advertisements. But Girard apparently wants that to change. In his opinion piece, Girard underline that Paris has long been associated with “its eternal phallic Eiffel Tower” and wonders if it is not time for a more “revolutionary and feminist” symbol, namely the clitoris. In other words, Girard could say that he would like Paris to miss the point.