:: Clitoral Hood Piercings::
This is definitely the most popular female genital piercing done in
our shop. It not only looks great, but it has a good chance of
making the wearer feel great. It is as easy to sit through and heal
as inner labia (notice the similarity of the skin texture and color),
but can be more titillating, particularly when played with. However,
rumors about spontaneous orgasms from walking, etc. are
probably exaggerated, or at least generally confined to the first
few days. This piercing won't change your life; it just may make it
a lot more fun.
The horizontal hood piercing lays flat to the body, placed so the
bead of the ring rests over the clitoris, with sensation caused
primarily by the weight of the bead on the clit itself. To be
anatomically suited for the horizontal, you must have a hood
which extends out past the outer labia when your legs are closed.
In other words, the outer labia must not cover or squeeze in on
the hood when you close your legs. Otherwise, the ring can twist,
which makes healing arduous or impossible, encourages the
piercing to heal crooked (diagonally), and is generally very
uncomfortable. (In some cases, an oval ring might alleviate some
of these difficulties.)
Furthermore, if your clit is tucked under your hood (i.e. you can't
see it without pulling your hood back), you won't get too much
sensation from the horizontal piercing. Your hood will come
between the bead and your clit, dulling the stimulation. The
piercing may heal fine and be aesthetically pleasing, but if you
want to feel it, you might be better off with the vertical.
The vertical hood piercing is a better choice for many women's
anatomy and arousal. The piercing can be done with a ring, but
we find healing and sensation better with a barbell. A circular ring
must be large enough in diameter to go from the top of the hood
to the bottom, and will then stick out from the hood this same
amount. Thus, the ring in a vertical piercing will stick straight out
from the body like a navel piercing. If the wearer has a large
hood (and therefore a large diameter ring) or wears body suits or
tight pants, the ring may be twisted sideways, causing it to heal
crooked, scar, and/or hurt. (Again, an oval ring may serve well
Barbells, on the other hand, lay flat to the body, so are more
compatible with tight clothes. They are often much more
stimulating as well. If done correctly, the bottom ball of the barbell
rests against the clitoris, while the top ball and shaft of the barbell
put pressure on the clitoral shaft. The larger the balls or thicker
the jewelry, the more you feel!
The length of the barbell will vary with the individual, generally
between 3/8" and 3/4". (Hoods are dramatically different sizes
from woman to woman!) The thickness should be at least a 12g,
as thinner jewelry may tear the skin, grow out more easily, and
doesn't give much sensation. A 10g can also be used, especially with a vertical barbell, and the extra weight may
further increase stimulation. Again, excessively heavy initial jewelry may delay healing, but after you are healed, the
bigger it is, the more you feel!
Hood piercings which are done too deeply tend to hurt, scar, swell persistently, and not heal. Those done too shallow
tend to grow out. Ideal placement for an horizontal hood piercing is towards the base of the hood, not behind where it
joins the plane of the body. The channel should be placed towards the apex of the hood, so that the bead of the ring
rests at clit level. (Ring diameter is usually between 7/16" and 9/16".)
Ideal placement for a vertical piercing is with the entrance hole just below the apex of the hood, with the jewelry
coming out beneath the flap of the hood. When tapped with a pen, the location of the entrance hole should give you
a (good) twinge. This is slightly deeper than traditional placement, but tends to give you the most sensation and least
chance of growing out. The piercing should never be done above the apex of the hood.
Hood piercings tend to heal in 2 - 4 weeks, particularly if you soak in a hot salt water bath every day. Again, avoiding
any play (from others or yourself) during the first two weeks will speed healing. See the Aftercare/genital section for
more info, and be fluid-safe! Some women swell or bleed in the first day or two, especially if they drink alcohol, take
stimulants, Tylenol or aspirin, or otherwise thin their blood. Cold sterile saline or warm salt water baths both tend to
soothe the irritation. Check barbell balls occasionally for tightness, as skin caught between ball and shaft pinches like
mad. And if you use a vibrator, turn it down the first time you use it!
|Emelie Starkey -- Washington State -- Playboy, November 2005
More than 100 million women, mostly in Africa have
undergone genital mutilation, mostly in childhood, often
without anesthesia or sterile technique. Pain, bleeding
and infection are immediate consequences, loss of
sexual satisfaction and arousal are long-term
The procedure varies in severity, from a full excision of
the clitoris and labia, to a "lesser" procedure in which
only the clit is removed. In a number of African cultures,
genital mutilation is part of a coming-of-age ceremony,
and defenders have contended that it is a cultural
practice, like the barbaric and unnecessary
circumcision among male Jews, where the Mohel
(rabbi) sucks the wounded penis and often causes
A study by members of the World Health organization
Study Group on Female Genital Mutilation and
Obstetrical Outcome concluded that the "lesser" forms
of cutting caused about a 20 percent increase in death
rates of both mother or baby, while extensive
procedures caused increases of more than 50 percent.
In study countries rates of genital cutting ranged from a
high 83 percent, in Sudan, to a low of about 40 percent,
in Ghana. One country involved in the study, Senegal
outlawed the more extensive form of the procedure in
Source: New York Times, Friday, June 2, 2006 and
See also: Wikipedia: Female Circumcision.
Clit & Bolt
|Yes, I know I shoulda shaved first (actually I pull the hairs out) but I hardly
ever wear a bikini bottom and didn't plan on sharing this photo.
I don't do this too often. This is the first time in several months. It feels
good while doing it but hurts afterward for hours.
The bolt weighs about 2 pounds, is seven inches long and one inch
diameter. The bolt is used to join railroad rails together.
|Clit Removal in Indonesia
New York Times Magazine / January 20, 2008
By SARA CORBETT
When a girl is taken — usually by her mother — to a free circumcision event held each spring in Bandung, Indonesia, she is handed
over to a small group of women who, swiftly and yet with apparent affection, cut off a small piece of her genitals.
Sponsored by the Assalaam Foundation, an Islamic educational and social-services organization, circumcisions take place in a
prayer center or an emptied-out elementary-school classroom where desks are pushed together and covered with sheets and a
pillow to serve as makeshift beds. The procedure takes several minutes. There is little blood involved. Afterward, the girl’s genital
area is swabbed with the antiseptic Betadine. She is then helped back into her underwear and returned to a waiting area, where
she’s given a small, celebratory gift — some fruit or a donated piece of clothing — and offered a cup of milk for refreshment. She
has now joined a quiet majority in Indonesia, where, according to a 2003 study by the Population Council, an international research
group, 96 percent of families surveyed reported that their daughters had undergone some form of circumcision by the time they
These photos were taken in April 2006, at the foundation’s annual mass circumcision, which is free and open to the public and
held during the lunar month marking the birth of the prophet Muhammad. The Assalaam Foundation runs several schools and a
mosque in Bandung, Indonesia’s third-largest city and the capital of West Java. The photographer Stephanie Sinclair was taken to
the circumcision event by a reproductive-health observer from Jakarta and allowed to spend several hours there. Over the course
of that Sunday morning, more than 200 girls were circumcised, many of them appearing to be under the age of 5. Meanwhile, in a
nearby building, more than 100 boys underwent a traditional circumcision as well.
According to Lukman Hakim, the foundation’s chairman of social services, there are three “benefits” to circumcising girls. “One, it
will stabilize her libido,” he said through an interpreter. “Two, it will make a woman look more beautiful in the eyes of her husband.
And three, it will balance her psychology.”
Female genital cutting — commonly identified among international human rights groups as female genital mutilation — has been
outlawed in 15 African countries. Many industrialized countries also have similar laws. Both France and the U.S. have prosecuted
immigrant residents for performing female circumcisions.
In Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, a debate over whether to ban female circumcision is in its early
stages. The Ministry of Health has issued a decree forbidding medical personnel to practice it, but the decree which has yet to be
backed by legislation does not affect traditional circumcisers and birth attendants, who are thought to do most female
circumcisions. Many agree that a full ban is unlikely without strong support from the country’s religious leaders. According to the
Population Council study, many Indonesians view circumcision for boys and girls as a religious duty.
Female circumcision in Indonesia is reported to be less extreme than the kind practiced in other parts of the globe — Africa,
particularly. Worldwide, female genital cutting affects up to 140 million women and girls in varying degrees of severity,
according to estimates from the World Health Organization. The most common form of female genital cutting,
representing about 80 percent of cases around the world, includes the excision of the clitoris and the labia minora. A
more extreme version of the practice, known as Pharaonic circumcision or infibulation, accounts for 15 percent of
cases globally and involves the removal of all external genitalia and a stitching up of the vaginal opening.
Studies have shown that in some parts of Indonesia, female circumcision is more ritualistic — a rite of passage meant to purify the
genitals and bestow gender identity on a female child — with a practitioner rubbing turmeric on the genitals or pricking the clitoris
once with a needle to draw a symbolic drop of blood. In other instances, the procedure is more invasive, involving what WHO
classifies as “Type I” female genital mutilation, defined as excision of the clitoral hood, called the prepuce, with or without incision
of the clitoris itself. The Population Council’s 2003 study said that 82 percent of Indonesian mothers who witnessed their
daughters’ circumcision reported that it involved “cutting.” The women most often identified the clitoris as the affected body part.
The amount of flesh removed, if any, was alternately described by circumcisers as being the size of a quarter-grain of rice, a guava
seed, a bean, the tip of a leaf, the head of a needle.
At the Assalaam Foundation, traditional circumcisers say they learn the practice from other women during several years of
apprenticing. Siti Rukasitta, who has been a circumciser at the foundation for 20 years, said through an interpreter that they use a
small pair of sterilized scissors to cut a piece of the clitoral prepuce about the size of a nail clipping. Population Council observers
who visited the event before the 2003 study, however, reported that they also witnessed some cases of circumcisers cutting the
Any distinction between injuring the clitoris or the clitoral hood is irrelevant, says Laura Guarenti, an obstetrician and WHO’s
medical officer for child and maternal health in Jakarta. “The fact is there is absolutely no medical value in circumcising girls,” she
says. “It is 100 percent the wrong thing to be doing.” The circumcision of boys, she adds, has demonstrated health benefits,
namely reduced risk of infection and some protection against H.I.V.
Nonetheless, as Western awareness of female genital cutting has grown, anthropologists, policy makers and health officials have
warned against blindly judging those who practice it, saying that progress is best made by working with local leaders and opinion-
makers to gradually shift the public discussion of female circumcision from what it’s believed to bestow upon a girl toward what it
takes away. “These mothers believe they are doing something good for their children,” Guarenti, a native of Italy, told me. “For our
culture that is not easily understandable. To judge them harshly is to isolate them. You cannot make change that way.”
|I'M NOT GETTING PAID-PER-CLICK FOR EITHER OF THESE CLIT WEBSITES!!!!!
| SULAIMANIYA, Iraq — Human Rights Watch urged Kurdistan’s government on Wednesday to ban genital cutting of women and girls, a practice the organization said is
widespread and dangerous there, but which they said Kurdish officials had failed to move aggressively to stop.
Human Rights Watch, an advocacy organization based in New York, interviewed 31 girls and women last year and combined its findings with recent surveys by other
organizations that found that at least 40 percent of girls and women in Iraq’s Kurdistan region had undergone the procedure, which typically involves cutting off external
genitalia with a dirty razor blade.
One of the studies, of about 1,400 girls and women interviewed during 2007 and 2008, found that almost 73 percent of women 14 years and older said that at least a
portion of their genitals had been removed. [*snip*]
Human Rights Watch said Kurdish girls and women described genital cutting as being physically painful and psychologically scarring.
“Girls undergoing the procedure are forcefully held down, their legs pried apart, and part of their genitalia cut off with a razor blade,” the report said. “Often the same blade
is used to cut several girls. No anesthesia is applied beforehand and if anything at all is applied to the open wound afterwards, it is water, herbs, cooking oil or ashes.”
In addition to wounds caused to women, risks include an increase in the rate of stillbirths and in the occurrence of babies with low birth weight, the report said.
It is not clear how common genital cutting is in the rest of Iraq, because it has not been the subject of a comprehensive study.
Read more at New York Times.
|Kurdistan Is Urged to Ban Genital Cutting
By NAMO ABDULLA and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
Published: June 16, 2010