Stabbing clitoris: 3D modeling and printing workshop to design self-defense weapons

After the 1990s, technofeminists understood that the technologization of society was not accompanied by the depatriarchalization that was imagined. The decentralization, deterritorialization and de-hierarchy that tools such as the Internet proposed have been subjected to the mechanisms of control and exclusion of the capitalist elites. The egalitarian horizons dreamed of by technology activists became blurred, giving place to a deep commodification of technological resources by large companies, to the simulation of ideological neutrality, to automated and almost obligatory surveillance systems in the use of technology and to the structuring of a power in diffuse, nomadic and difficult to locate information systems.

The democratization of technology did not bring depatriarchalization to our lives, but a series of devices and systems that are already inseparable from our work, social and entertainment activities. The positions of power – of ownership of knowledge and decision-making – over these technologies are still largely held by Cis men, who are concentrated in very limited territories and economic groups and who lead us to regimes of obsolescence, frenetic consumption, lack of care, marginalization and attack on non-traditional – especially non-male – gender roles. Among us, inhabitants of Western European culture, who have already been naturalized by technologicalization and by maintaining structural and institutional heteropatriarchal violence, there is a need for spaces and proposals of resistance that make possible environments of care, protection, defense and transformative dissidence.

In a scandalously recent way, and being aware of how these patriarchal and capitalist structures affect the knowledge and enjoyment of our own bodies, Helen O’Connell – Australian urologist – defined in 1998 the first exact anatomy of the clitoris. Years later, in 2016, Odile Fillod – a French doctor and researcher – developed a printable 3D model through a fablab that she decided to make available to the public to combat the scientific obscurantism – ignorance, disinterest and denial – that has surrounded this organ. Currently, her 3D model is used in multiple and diverse scientific, artistic and pedagogical research and dissemination programs. So it becomes an object loaded with liberating potential and an example of how we can use technologies to develop projects that alter power structures.

Clitoris that pierce parts of the need to organize strategies of action against structural passivity in the face of sexual violence. It proposes to build a temporary and replicable space of care, protection, defence and transformative dissidence against these forms of violence through the learning and use of production technologies -in this case, 3D modeling and printing- of free access. Together we will design and manufacture self-defence weapons based on Odile Fillod’s 3D model of the clitoris, we will reflect on the idea of self-defence and imagine alternative ways of relating to technological production processes and tools.

Addressed to:

Anyone who wants to participate in the design and manufacture of self-defence weapons and does not identify himself as a cis male (male, masculin, heterosexual…). It will not be necessary to have previous knowledge of 3D modeling or printing, and it should not be soporific for those who do have it, but it will be indispensable to have a computer to work during the workshop.


  • Develop a self-defense weapon designed for 3D printing
  • Reflect on the mechanisms of control and exclusion and the possible uses of technology.
  • Imagine and propose other forms of collective resistance to heteropatriarchal and capitalist violence

Duration: 9 hours

Calendar: Wednesday 12, 19 and 26 September from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Registration fee: 30 € (includes material costs). If you can’t pay the tuition but want to participate, you can propose an exchange at info(at)


Session 1: Review of the conceptual proposal, methodologies to be shared, collective design of a weapon based on the 3D model of the clitoris.

Session 2: Introduction to Tinkercad and modeling the collectively designed weapon or other imagined variants.

Session 3: Moving from digital 3D models to 3D printing. Printing of every self-defense and farewell weapon. And we hope we never have to use them!


Belén Soto, member of the TMTMTM technological production collective.


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