Does France’s 2024 Olympic, Paralympic Mascot look like a clit?

Does the recently unveiled cone-shaped mascot for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games remind you of anything? While a tweet from the Paris 2024 organizing committee may have wanted the mascot to resemble a certain type of head, several people on social media have pointed out that the mascot looks like something from a different 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, the clitoris is a part of the body, a particularly sexually sensitive part of the body. While Olympic mascots are usually not designed to resemble genitalia, Quentin Girard wrote in an opinion piece for the French newspaper Liberation that this clitoral resemblance was actually “very good news” because it meant that France collectively “finally understood what one looks like”.

This does not necessarily mean that the organizing committee of the Paris 2024 Olympics and Paralympics had clitoris or clitoris (which are the plural forms of clitoris) in mind when they approved the appearance of this mascot in red. If this was indeed their intention, this would give new meaning the following tweet from them on November 14th:

As you can see, this tweet read, “On vous présente la Phryge Olympique et la Phryge Paralympique! Les mascottes de #Paris2024 Sportives, fêtardes… et françaises,” which roughly translates to “Here are the Olympic Friges and the Paralympic Friges! The #Paris2024 mascots are sporty, love to party… and are so French.” Yes, ‘sporty’, ‘love to party’ and ‘so French’ would be interesting things to say about such a body part.

Instead, the tweet referred to the term “Phryge,” which is not a different spelling of the word “refrigerator” or a verbal expression that begins with the letter “f” and rhymes with “rig.” No. Such hats have existed for centuries, worn in ancient times in Persia and the Balkans. The French connection to the Phrygian hat came when in the late 1700s this style of hat became a symbol of the democracy that arose out of the French Revolution. So the tweet suggested that the mascot was actually modeled after this hat.

However, people on social media have basically said to wait a Phrygian second. For example, journalist and podcaster Matilde Meslin tweeted in French something that translates to “We agree that it is not a phrygian cap at all but a full clitoris,” or something like this:

And a Twitter account with a blue verification checkmark listed as Sardine Ruisseau (parody) posted something that translated to:If you too see clitoris everywhere, like this tweet“, on Twitter:

Chances are this tweet meant seeing a clit everywhere on mascots specifically and not everywhere in general. It would be unusual to see such a body part anywhere you look. In fact, the reason Girard thought this resemblance to the clitoris was “very good news” is that many people may not even know where to find the clitoris or what it actually looks like. This may be why the Gulf Museum, which is in London, UK, but not to be confused with the British Museum, used photos of the mascots in their ‘new guide to clitoral anatomy’ in a tweet on November 15:

A misconception is that the clitoris is just a pea-shaped and pea-sized part of the body. However, when it comes to your clitoris, there is more than meets the eye. You may have seen the visible part, which is near the top of your vulva, just below your labia minora, the technical term for your inner labia, converge into a lump of skin called your pubis and form the your clitoral hood. This hood may look a bit like a hood for the clitoris, which is the aforementioned pea-shaped structure. As I recently covered for Forbes, your clitoris has many nerves, probably over 10,000 nerve endings on average, making it quite sensitive to touch. This is sensitive in a sexual way, not in an Emo way. These nerve endings give your clitoris what a Cleveland Clinic website describes as its sole purpose, “to enable you to experience sexual pleasure.” While the glans may be what people think of when they think of the clitoris, that would just be scratching the surface, so to speak.

Instead, your clitoris goes deep, extending into your body, with the rest of the clitoris forming a V shape. Such a shape might not be extremely difficult to remember, given its proximity to two V words, vagina and vulva. The body or bodies of your clitoris is the top of this scissor shape before it splits into the two legs or two legs of your clitoris. Between these two legs are two vestibular (clitoral) bulbs, which may swell with blood when you are aroused. These bulbs wrap around your vaginal canal. The nerves that go to your glans all converge at the root of your clitoris, which is located between where the legs of your clitoris meet. When you are aroused, your clitoral bulbs may swell with blood, possibly doubling in size.

As you can see, or maybe you can’t see, the structure of the clitoris is more complicated than a piece of tissue. And this complexity as well as the entire clitoris can be overlooked because the clitoris may not be a common topic of discussion. You rarely hear people start sentences with “by the way, the clit” or “was thinking about the clit the other day.” In fact, talking about the clitoris can even seem taboo or off-limits, despite the fact that there’s no shortage of people willing to talk about the male genitalia, as evidenced by the plethora of male enhancement product ads out there. But Girard apparently wants that to change. In his opinion, Girard pointed out that Paris has long been associated with the “eternal phallic Eiffel Tower” and wondered if the time had come for a more “revolutionary and feminist” symbol, namely the clitoris. In other words, Girard could be saying that he would like Paris to miss the point.

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