Columbus’ Sexual Discoveries

| 4/10/2008 5:05:01 PM

The name Columbus is often associated with discovery, and with good reason. A 16th Century Italian anatomist named Renaldus Columbus (no relation) is credited with discovering the “seat of a woman’s delight”—also known as the clitoris.

In 1559, Columbus claimed “that he had identified a female appendage that would ‘throb with brief contractions’ during sexual intercourse, causing a woman’s ‘semen’ to flow ‘swifter than air,’” according to the Smart Set.

His findings were wrought with controversy, however. Gabriello Fallopio (the tube guy) claimed ownership of the discovery. Fallopio may have been telling the truth, too, but his work on the subject wasn’t published until 1561. Others have argued that knowledge of the “little hill” (from the Greek “kleitor”) dates back to the second-century A.D. Greek Empire.

Erik Helin

Erik H._5
4/16/2008 4:58:52 PM

Haha. Well-stated Ron.

4/15/2008 6:07:51 PM

Thank you Rod. You serve your species well with that insight. That is way too funny. We women would have never figured out what our own body parts feel like. What would we ever do with pleasure anyway? We're way too busy trying to clean up the messes that the male leaders have been making for the last how many centuries?

Rod Paynter
4/15/2008 5:09:45 PM

I've an idea that women have know about the clitoris and its function for as long as orgasms have been around. Trust men not to figure it out for however many thousands of years and then take credit for the discovery. Somewhat like the other Columbus "discovering" a place where millions of people already lived.

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