- Director: Maria Finitzo
- Writer: Maria Finitzo
- Type: Documentaries
- Year: 2021
- Language: English
- Length: 108 minutes
This is a featured presentation of our Making it Happen: Women in STEM program area.
How much do you know about the clitoris? Chances are, not enough. The vast internal structure tasked with sexual pleasure for over half of the population has been largely ignored by a long history of western medical science written by men. With humor and candor in equal measure, The Dilemma of Desire follows a quartet of remarkable women whose work in science, academia, industrial design, and art has paved the way for a better understanding of women’s sexual desire, anatomy, and health in an era when women’s rights are once again under fire.
Biologist Dr. Stacey Dutton dispels age-old myths about women’s pleasure for her students, while University of Utah academic, Dr. Lisa Diamond dismantles outdated notions about women’s arousal. Industrial designer Ti Chang is designing and manufacturing elegant vibrators for women and artist Sophia Wallace has set out to make the world culturally cliterate. Providing the embodiment of their work are the personal stories of five young women claiming agency over their sexuality.
Watch our Q&A with the filmmakers here.