way more nerve fibers

Also tonight, got thinking about a great quote from Natalie Angier’s book, Woman. I went and looked it up again because I thought it was worth sharing:

The clitoris is simply a bundle of nerves: 8,000 nerve fibers, to be precise. That’s a higher concentration of nerve fibers than is found anywhere else on the body, including the fingertips, lips, tongue, and it is twice the number in the penis. In a sense, then, a woman’s little brain is bigger than a man’s. All this, and to no greater end than to subserve a woman’s pleasure. In the clitoris alone we see a sexual organ so pure of purpose that it needn’t moonlight as a secretory or excretory device. For this reason, maybe it’s best that the clitoris normally is hidden within the vulval cleft: it is, in its way, a private joke, a divine secret, a Pandora’s box packed not with sorrow but with laughter.

This, really, is why I think women prefer a lighter touch. I mean, twice as many nerve fibers in an organ a tiny fraction the size of a penis. And why, maybe, so many women prefer oral sex. Just naturally juicier and softer.

Of course, for those of you who have been reading me for a while, fingers lightly applied are quite simply amazing. Hands and fingers. Mmm. Yummy. 🙂

Ladies, if you’re interested in learning more about your bodies in a non-clinical way, I highly recommend Natalie’s book.

11 thoughts on “way more nerve fibers”

  1. Now I want one of those too!! I only have a dangly penis thing, hanging its head with inadequacy over its sparse nerve endings. Oh, the clit envy. Someone kiss it and make it feel better.

  2. I’ve separated all of those nerve endings with my tongue and there are actually 7987 of them. But, I could be mistaken, maybe I will have to count them again. Do you think that each woman has the same number? I think I am ready to do a Masters and Johnson Treatise on this topic. Can I get any subjects to help me with the empirical evidence?

  3. In truth, the clitoris has roughly the same number of nerve endings as the penis. A lot of modern day “feminists” would like you to believe otherwise, but ask a true scientist, and your answer will be truthful!

  4. 8000? Well – who’s counting? The important thing is that little pink pearl (and the mass of erectile tissue behind it) do the orgasmic job faster, more efficiently and for very much longer than the head of my cock. AND I’M VERY JEALOUS! Just think about it – my lady has – I don’t know – may be four times as many orgasms as I do. Every time! And over the course of a year, that adds up to a staggering orgasm deficit for little old me. And it’s going to happen next year, and the year after. I want to cry…..

  5. I think its great that the clitoris has TWICE the nerves as a penis, which means no matter what girls will get more pleasure all the time:-)

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  7. Actually, the penis has about 6,000 to 8,000 nerve endings. Though there are clear physiological differences, I’m not sure if the number of nerve endings is the culprit, the reason women seem to enjoy orgasm more. It may just be that men can’t control ejactulation, which tires them quickly, and prematurely ends sex for many guys. Or, it could just be that women’s bodies are just built to show more signs of enjoyment, leading us to believe the sensation is better. Were men to lie back and convulsue during intense stimulation, one wonders if the lack of control would lead to a decline in the number of women suxxessfully inseminated during sex. Perhaps men are just more stoic?

  8. Heh. Well my wife doesn’t like light touch, she prefers a big-ass Hitachi Magic Wand applied directly to her clitoris (not the hood, but the actual clitoris). That vibrating monster would scare me if I had a clitoris– it’s like a damned pile-driver. Using it on her requires no skill or artistry on my part; it’s like vacuuming the living room. All those years of practising my technique– useless. But it works for her, so I don’t see any point in arguing. 15 seconds later she’s exploding and the jumping up to clean herself up and then jumping back into bed to promptly roll over to go to sleep. See, not only men have testosterone 😉

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