For some, the clitoris is as mythical, and as foreign, as an alien. It’s fitting, then, that a giant crop circle in the shape of a clit has appeared on a farm in the South of France. Over 130 yards long, the crop circle is larger than a football field—even the most inept dude could find this clit.
Carved by activists and sexologists Marie-Noelle Lanuit and Jean-Claude Piquard, the installation is meant to bring awareness to female sexuality and pleasure as part of a campaign to end taboos surrounding the female body.
“The clitoris has no visibility in biology textbooks—it is sometimes named, but it is never drawn in textbooks in the complete form,” said Lanuit. “Either it’s absent or it is included but with no mention that it is the organ of female pleasure. Female pleasure is taboo in the medical world.”
Lanuit and Piquard are hoping to ignite a discussion about female sexuality, with a focus on gratification, since culturally, for women, sex and pleasure are often mutually exclusive. Historically, women who enjoy sex have been viewed as sluts, whereas for men, sex is synonymous with satisfaction.
In recent years, women have been more vocal about their sexuality and anatomy—artist Sophia Wallace has fought against the marginalization of female sexual pleasure, calling for “cliteracy” everywhere. Lanuit and Piquard have asked women to join them at the giant clit, wearing red to symbolize the organ, where they will further the conversation surrounding sexuality and gender equality. And, if men can find their way around a clitoris crop circle, maybe they can learn how to find the real thing.