National Masturbation Dayalso known as International Masturbation Dayis an annual event on May 28,    to protect and celebrate the right to masturbate. The first National Masturbation Day was May 7,after sex-positive retailer Good Vibrations declared the day in honor of Surgeon General Joycelyn Elderswho had been fired in by President Bill Clinton for suggesting masturbation be part of the sex education curriculum for students. International Masturbation Day has since been expanded to include the entire month of May as International Masturbation Month.
As a young teen whose suddenly-developed body brought me more sexual attention than I could handle, masturbation was always something that made me feel like I was in control of my own sexuality. When I took masturbation breaks from my algebra homework in high school, I wasn't just burning off some of the frustration I felt over my inability to solve for "X" — I was reminding myself that my body was mine, and its capacity to turn men on was an afterthought. This gave me an incredible sense of power as a teenager, as well as a Teflon coating against the sometimes off-putting sexual overtures of my peers.
Porn isn't exactly famed for its realism. Women masturbate with legs splayed and backs arched, orgasming after a few minutes of frantic rubbing and moaning. But in reality, those positions aren't necessarily the most conducive to pleasure for women.
Back to Sexual health. We sort fact from myth and answer your questions on what is arguably one of the most commonly practised sexual activities on the planet. Masturbation involves sexually arousing yourself by touching your genitals.
I was having a drink with a male friend this week and asked him what he thought I should write about this week. I have absolutely no idea. I suppose on some level we are all self-centred and self-absorbed.
In it, John claims masturbation causes epilepsy, fainting spells, infertility, and stunted growth in children. Onania was an international bestseller. Some decades later, a Swiss doctor named Samuel-Auguste Tissot claimed semen was concentrated blood and that masturbating would lead to insanity and blindness.
Here's a stock photo we found of a women simulating an orgasm. All photos via Shuttershock. Girls may not talk about masturbation as openly as guys, but that doesn't mean we don't enjoy rubbing one out every now and then.
Despite what you might have been told, masturbation won't make you go blind or grow hair on your palms. Not every animal masturbates to climax, meaning it might not solely be done for pleasure. With primates ejaculation can flush out sperm that may have lost its motility, allowing for fresh sperm to lead the way and have a better chance of conception. For a number of animals, though, it's all about having a good time.
This is easily the saddest thing we've had to report all day. If you or someone you love frequently enjoys doing the five-finger shuffle, there's a study that suggests they might face negative effects over time. Why does that matter?