Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

France’s 2024 Olympic Games mascot has been likened to a giant “clitoris in trainers”, hailed by the French newspaper Libération as a revolutionary departure from the traditional phallic symbol of the Eiffel Tower.

When the two triangular red mascots, Phryges, were introduced for the Olympic and Paralympic Games last week, the shape of the Phrygian hats were presented as the floppy, conical hats associated with the French Revolution.

The Paris organizing committee said that a break from the traditional animal figure often chosen for the Olympics is an opportunity to “embody the French spirit by offering something new”.

But the little red figures were quickly compared to clitoris with smiling faces. They bear a notable resemblance to the giant swelling, red clitoris that stood opposite the Eiffel Tower on International Women’s Day last year by a feminist group campaigning for more education and scientific research on the organ whose sole function is the female orgasm.

Gang du Clito members carrying a 5 meter high inflatable clitoris to celebrate International Women's Day at the Human Rights Plaza on March 8, 2021.
Members gang du clit She carries a 5 meter high inflatable clitoris to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021 at the Human Rights Plaza. Photo: Stefano Rellandini/AFP/Getty Images

Journalist Quentin Girard, in an opinion piece in Libération, celebrated the fact that the drooping tip of the mascots’ hat is actually seen as a clitoris glans.

He said that “in anatomical terms”, having a clitoris as the French Olympic mascot was “very good news”, meaning that after years of taboo and lack of education the country collectively “finally understands what it looks like”. .

And he added, “politically, it’s not a bad thing that Paris has abandoned the eternal phallic Eiffel Tower in favor of a clitoris, a new “revolutionary and feminist” representation of the French capital.

But in the inevitable social media debate around clitoris-shaped mascots, one middle school teacher said that simple triangle designs could reinforce society’s vague idea of ​​the little-discussed part of female anatomy, and suggested that biology teachers redesign them.