These days, there’s a month for everything. And recently I discovered that we’re part way through international masturbation month. Here are just a few of the reasons why we should celebrate our right to wank.
For Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders
Since 1995 May has been the month to celebrate and protect the right to masturbate. Why? Because in 1990’s America, masturbation was such a controversial issue it resulted in Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders being fired by the President Bill Clinton. Elder’s was speaking at the United Nations conference on AIDS in 1994, and discussed the promotion of masturbation to young people as a way of preventing them from engaging in riskier sexual activities. As a result of her comments regarding masturbation being part of “human sexuality” , Elders lost the support of the White House, and was fired due to disagreements with the President.
Despite myths that masturbation can cause both blindness and insanity masturbation arguably actually has several health benefits. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elder’s argued that one of these advantages was sexual health benefits, as there was less risk of sexually transmitted infections/diseases or pregnancy. But along with this, masturbation has also been argued to reduce stress levels, it can reduce the risk of cervical infection for women and it helps reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men.
It’s also been argued that masturbating is one of the best ways of reducing menstrual cramps, so it’s win win!
Wanking is normal, and historic
There have been depictions of both men and women masturbating since humans were creating prehistoric rock paintings. A clay figure of a woman masturbating in a temple in Malta has been dated back to the 4th century BC. This is an ancient practice that humans have always done, and in the past they must have been pretty relaxed about it.
You can learn a lot about your sexuality
When you start masturbating, you learn how to pleasure yourself. You learn what you personally enjoy (because believe it or not, we all enjoy different things). This also means you are more likely to feel sexual pleasure when having sex with someone else, because you’re more confident about what you enjoy!
There are no risks
Except a little skin irritation there are no risks to masturbating! It’s a safe sexual practice that allows you to orgasm without the risk of STD’s and pregnancy.
If we start talking about it, people will feel less ‘guilt’
There is nothing to feel guilty about, yet approximately fifty percent of adults feel shame about wanking. Why is this? There still seems to be a taboo about masturbating. I can talk freely with my friends about it, but some people don’t feel like they can, they feel like it’s a forbidden thing. Perhaps if people realise that this is something most people do, then they’d feel less shame about it, which can only be a good thing!
Animals do it too
Masturbation is one of the most common sexual activity for humans, but it’s not just us who do it. It is also one of the most common sexual activities for primates. Elephants, walruses and penguins among with many other species have been known to self pleasure. It’s totally natural!
Don’t be nervous if you’ve never done it before, don’t feel like you have to keep it a secret. Be proud and be confident! And most importantly, enjoy!