The lens with which we view our bodies and sexuality has been quite influenced by many ideas and “discoveries” that have been made throughout history. These ideas and notions derived from history can often be misleading and harmful. Just to name a few - the early invention of the vibrator and its association with “female hysteria”, the “discovery” of the G-Spot by a penis-owning doctor named Ernst Grafenberg, the complete erasure from science of any sexual behavior that deviated from cis-and-hetero-normativity, oh believe me when I say I could go on. One idea that originated in the early nineteenth century is particularly harmful and pertinent today. This is the idea of the female orgasm existing in a hierarchy, with different types of orgasm being superior or inferior. For this idea, we can thank the good ol’ father of modern psychology, Sigmund Freud. His influential work deemed clitoral orgasms as inferior to vaginal orgasms. He explained that if a woman were to orgasm via the clitoris, she was immature in her sexual development. He said that a proper, sexually developed, and mature woman would orgasm via penetration of the vagina. Now, if this idea seems somewhat silly to you, you’re not alone. However, this idea has echoed. It’s made such a lasting impact on how science, academia and WE see our bodies and orgasms. I’m about to lay out all the connections this idea has to modern, even “progressive” ideas about female sexuality.