Anterior view of human female pelvis, pubic hair removed, revealing the cleft of Venus
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The pudendal cleft (also called the cleft of Venus, pudendal fissure, pudendal cleavage, pudendal slit, urogenital cleft, vulvar slit, rima vulvae, or rima pudendi) is a part of the vulva, the furrow at the base of the mons pubis where it divides to form the labia majora. The name cleft of Venus is a reference to the Roman goddess of love, Venus.
In human females, the clitoral hood and labia minora protrude into the pudendal cleft to a greater or lesser extent. Given this diversity and the frequent portrayal of the pudendal cleft without protrusion in art and pornography, there has been a rise in the popularity of labiaplasty, surgery to alter the labia.
- Gould, George M. (1936). Brownslow, C. V, ed. Gould's Pocket Pronouncing Medical Dictionary (10th ed.). P. Blakinston's Son & C., Inc.
- Rowenna Davis (27 February 2011). "Labiaplasty surgery increase blamed on pornography". Life and style. Archived from the original on 2014-12-07. Retrieved 2015-04-03.