Everybody does it, but masturbation is still not something that is openly discussed. Actually, masturbation is often times frowned upon more than sex itself.
Instead of embracing it as an act of self-exploration, it is an act kept behind closed doors. Typically a solo act, self-pleasure should be at the forefront of discussion when it comes to sexuality, especially since about 94 percent of men and 89 percent of women masturbate on a regular basis.
Luckily, the month of May is National Masturbation Month, which means you should feel obliged to explore your body and whatever feels good. You’re probably wondering why you didn’t see this one on your calender, aren’t you? The merry month of May has long been symbolized with sexual awakening and whether or not you need an excuse to stick your hands down your pants, one thing is for sure — practice makes perfect.
This is something that should be celebrated every month, seven days a week. But there’s nothing wrong with jumping at the opportunity to diddle around without judgement for a few weeks.
Dr. Carol Queen, lead sexologist at the sex-positive adult boutique Good Vibrations and co-founder of the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco, started the trend of May-sturbation in 1995 after then-Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders was fired for suggesting that masturbation should be taught in school.
From this protest the Masturbate-a-Thon was born, which encourages people to talk about it in a positive, non-shameful way. What started out as a Masturbation Hall of Fame and lists of self-pleasuring euphemisms and places to do the deed, soon became a private event where money was raised based on how long people spent masturbating or how many times they could come (comparable to the way a Walk-a-Thon is based on distance).
One person, or a couple, gets pledges from appropriate people and Good Vibrations then donates 100 percent of the funds to its NMM charities, which focuses on sexual health and education.
Here are five reasons why you should take advantage of the month of May and play with yourself:
It Is Healthy
Masturbating actually is one of the best ways to stay healthy. It can cure diseases like anxiety, insomnia, stress, menstrual cramps, depression, and even stimulate your immune system. Some researches have even said that it qualifies as a form of exercise since it burns quite a few calories. Although, this doesn’t mean that you can skip that gym workout!
It Feels (Really) Good
Does this really need an explanation?
It Is Safe
The safest form of sex is masturbation. You can enjoy having one of the best orgasms of your life without worrying about getting pregnant or contracting an STD. Unlike sex, this act is free of cost. It’s your own body, treat it right.
Forget the myths and misconceptions regarding masturbation. Despite what you’ve heard, it will never lead to sexual weakness, loss of libido or infertility. As a common form of autoeroticism, it’s completely normal to explore self-pleasure.
It Can Improve Your Sexual Relationships
There are countless things you can learn from masturbating. Through doing a little self-exploring women are able to determine what is erotically pleasing to them and can then share this with their partner.
Remember: Masturbation doesn’t cause any harm to your body until and unless you over do it. Oh, and stay hydrated, people!More Like This: Relationships, Sex