Google thinks clitorises are unmentionable
Jess McCabe // 24 November 2008
The word “clitoris” is on a Google list of words ‘banned’ from its safe search option, according to Susie Bright.
Google’s filtered search option is, largely, a good thing in my view – for one thing, it means I can search for images at work!
But Google is set up so that if you search for the word “clitoris” with safe search options turned on, you will get zero results. A similar search for “penis” turns up 33 million results, Bright says.
Ever since the Breast Cancer Support group on AOL got shut down by the parent company for using the word “breast,” it’s been clear that women’s health, bodies, and sexual politics are “Not Safe for Work,” and beyond the pale of decent conversation and discourse.