Dr. Laurie Mintz

Becoming Cliterate with Dr. Laurie Mintz, Author of “Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters And How to Get It”

In the first-ever episode of The Orgasmic Lifestyle Podcast, Venus is joined by Feminist Professor, Author, and Therapist Dr Laurie Mintz to discuss her best selling book and orgasm equality. Venus will also be reviewing “The Real Self-Love Handbook” by future guest Dr Andrea Pennington and leading us through a guided meditation using clitoral gratitude affirmations.

Dr. Laurie Mintz, author of “Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters And How to Get It” joins The Orgasmic Lifestyle Podcast by Venus O’Hara, where they discuss her best-selling book and orgasm equality. 

Key facts


Key takeaways

Defining the concept of Becoming Cliterate 

Dr. Laurie Mintz defines being cliterate as being literate or knowledgeable about the clitoris, the most important organ for female sexual pleasure.

The inspiration behind writing the book “Becoming Cliterate”

Laurie admits that her students are the ones who inspired her to write the book. She teaches 150 students a year about female pleasure, genital anatomy, and the orgasm gap. Confronted with problems and lack of information about these subjects, Laurie decided to help her students and others by gathering and sharing all of her knowledge in her book “Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters And How to Get It”.

The path to becoming a sex therapist

Laurie admits that she always wanted to become a psychologist. However, she was never specifically trained in sexuality but was always comfortable with the topic, including when talking with her clients. 

Clitoral, vaginal, and blended orgasms

Dr. Mintz states that the idea of vaginal versus clitoral orgasms goes back to Freud, who said that once a woman is mature enough she will transfer her feelings from her clitoris to her vagina. For Laurie, this is an absurd statement. She claims that the subject of distinctive types of orgasms remains unknown and that scientists continue to debate this topic.

How does becoming cliterate help women have a transformative experience?

Laurie reveals that after becoming cliterate and learning to embrace their bodies, women not only feel happier in the bedroom but also in life in general. Her clients have stated that they feel more comfortable at work, in conversations, and in different social encounters after becoming cliterate. Their confidence in the bedroom led to empowerment outside the bedroom.

Why is heterosexual hookup sex unsatisfactory for women?

Multiple studies suggest that during heterosexual sex, women have fewer organisms than men. That statistic is higher for hookup sex, as there is no emotional connection that could offer safety, understanding, or commitment. 

The role of pornography in cliteracy

Dr. Mintz believes that porn influences cliteracy. It has a great impact on young people with a lack of sexual education, who aren’t able to distinguish between reality and acting. As a result, young people get their ideas about sex and role models  through porn. 

The linguistic side of cliteracy

Laurie highlights how significant it is to teach people the right and direct ways of naming genitals. If the incorrect terms are taught, shameful feelings about personal sexuality may develop which could lead to problems about the subject. 


How should our audience live a more orgasmic lifestyle?

  • Embrace pleasure. Stop analyzing and thinking. Be in the moment and put your body and mind in place. Notice when your mind wanders and instead bring it back to the present moment. 


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