Trivium Art HistoryHildegard von Bingen

The First Written Description of the Female Orgasm

by Hildegard von Bingen, 1150

Scivias I.3: God, Cosmos, and Humanity, Hildegard von Bingen

"When a woman is making love with a man, a sense of heat in her brain, which brings with it sensual delight, communicates the taste of that delight during the act and summons forth the emission of the man's seed. And when the seed has fallen into its place, that vehement heat descending from her brain draws the seed to itself and holds it, and soon the woman's sexual organs contract, and all the parts that are ready to open up during the time of menstruation now close, in the same way as a strong man can old something enclosed in his fist."

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Hildegard von Bingen
Scientist, feminist, typographer, musician — saint

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