A film that could have easily had the working title Everything You Always Wanted to Know About The Clitoris * But Were Afraid to Ask Lori Malépart-Traversy’s insightful and entertaining student film Le Clitoris playfully
tickles tackles the history of that most notorious of sexual organs. The only organ in the body dedicated exclusively for human pleasure, Malépart-Traversy’s 3-min animation follows this much discussed body part from its repeated discovery, to its misrepresentation in literature and its declaration as ‘completely useless’
Revealing in an interview with Ben Mitchell on Skwigly that she wanted to make a film about female sexuality for her Concordia University grad film. Malépart-Traversy admits she was attracted to the clitoris as a subject after her research revealed a lot of “funny and weird information” surrounding the organ. And I have to admit, in true Sex Ed fashion, I learnt a lot about the clitoris I never knew, especially since I assumed it was such a well explored subject.
Taking a light-hearted, but informative approach to her film, Malépart-Traversy really increases the spirited nature of her short by turning the clitoris into the main character of the piece. Complete with face, arms and even legs, the animator has literally put a friendly face on this sometimes mysterious organ.
Combine this with its fun pink aesthetic and inventive soundtrack and its easy to see why Le Clitoris has seduced festival audiences worldwide. Now released online, a platform surely well suited for its premise, approach and brevity, Malépart-Traversy’s short can use the spread of the internet to have a whole new audience tingling with excitement over its stimulating subject.