The Dilemma of Desire (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 48m

Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

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**This film will be available March 1st - 14th **

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 Lisa Diamond dismantles outdated notions about women’s arousal.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.

In this timely and radical film about female desire, gender politics, and sexuality, filmmaker Maria Finitzo invites us to share intimate conversations with women on a mission to reverse a patriarchal legacy that denies female empowerment through omissions and distortions. The Dilemma of Desire reminds us that true equality will come once we all arrive at a place of understanding and acknowledgement that all human beings are sexual beings, entitled to live their lives fully within the expression of their desire.

Join us for a LIVE Q&A on March 3 at 7:00 PM ET with Maria Finitzo Director of The Dilemma of Desire.

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Maria Finitzo


Maria Finitzo


Maria Finitzo


Cynthia Kane


Diane Quon

Executive Producer

Gordon Quinn

Executive Producer

Barbara Kopple


Liz Kaar


Mimi Wilcox


Miriam Cutler




United States, Sweden

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