- Cleft of venus
Name = Cleft of venus
Latin = rima pudendi
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Caption = Anterior view of human female pelvis,
pubic hairshaved, indicating cleft of venus
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The cleft of venus (pudendal cleft, pudendal fissure) is the furrow at the base of the
mons veneriswhere it divides to form the labia majora. In some femalehumans, the clitoral hoodand labia minoraprotrude through the cleft of venus, in others they do not. When tight clothes are worn, the fabric of the tight garment may be pulled into the cleft (often because of a central seam, as in jeans), resulting in a situation best known as the cameltoe, ninja boot, or "beetle bonnet" in slangterms.
The name is a reference to the Roman goddess of love, Venus.
Attitudes and appearances
As with many aspects of
human sexuality, perspectives on the cleft of venus and its appearance have varied extensively. In Western cultures, it has sometimes been socially encouraged for women to remove body hair. In present times, for aesthetic and hygienic reasons, pubic hair removal has become a popular fad. [Aspatore Publications, "Inside the Minds: The Art & Science of Plastic Surgery " (New York: Aspatore, 2004), p. 84.]
How the cleft of venus appears can vary considerably from person to person. The cleft of venus can be -- in certain cases -- not visible or otherwise obscured. Its appearance can be affected by different factors. The presence of pubic hair can obscure the cleft of venus. Body art or genital piercings can also affect its visibility. [Foss, Krista. "Women for hot new cosmetic surgery." Toronto Globe & Mail 1998 November 10. ] In some persons, certain organs like the clitoral hood or the labia minora can protrude through the cleft of venus thereby restricting its visibility as well. In such instances,
labiaplasty["Intimate Operations: OB-GYN Organization Issues Warning", ABC News, 08/31/2007, retrieved on 2008-06-22 ] surgery is sometimes considered. Even so, a sexual fetish exists wherein the protrusive exhibition of such features in a healthy, smooth shaved vulva can be considered sexually attractive. Spreading apart the legs, which can "draw in" the labia majora, can also cause the cleft of venus to no longer be visible. [ [http://www.sexylabia.com] ]
* L'Origine du monde, a realistic painting of a vulva
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