We’re at the hump of Masturbation Month, the half-way point through the month of May.
This year we got a ton of press coverage about the annual celebration — our concept spread far and wide!
At the same time, there are some common misconceptions that we’ve come across. Let’s clear them up, shall we?
5 Misconceptions about Masturbation Month
1. “Wait, it’s not EVERY month?”
Of course you can celebrate masturbation all year long! But when Good Vibrations created the event in 1995 we decided to pick a month specifically for promoting and talking about masturbation. Earlier that year, then-Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders was fired for saying that masturbation should be discussed as part of young peoples’ sex education. We were astounded. It was one of the most sensible things we’d ever heard a government official say — and it cost Elders her job!
So we started National Masturbation Month to raise awareness and to highlight the importance of masturbation for nearly everyone: it’s safe, it’s healthy, it’s free, it’s pleasurable and it helps people get to know their bodies and their sexual responses. (And we picked May of all months because “the merry, merry month of May” has long been seen as symbolizing sexual awakening. Also, because “May” and “masturbation” both start with “M” — it’s nice and alliterative.)
2. Shouldn’t it be “International” Masturbation Month?
Yes! It’s international, global… even universal! In the years since creating Masturbation Month in 1995, we’ve seen the cause celebrated across the world. People everywhere can participate in raising awareness and discovering the importance of self-love. There’s even Masturbate-a-Thon’s happening in Copenhagen!
3. Wait… Masturbate-a-What?
A masturbate-a-thon! Each year that Good Vibrations has celebrated Masturbation Month, we’ve added something new to the mix: the Masturbation Hall of Fame, lists of favorite masturbation euphemisms and places to masturbate, and finally the Masturbate-a-Thon was born! In that context a private event (one person, or a couple, would get pledges from appropriate people) in which money was raised based on how long people spent masturbating (comparable to the way a Walk-a-Thon is based on distance). Good Vibrations disbursed 100% of the money to various charities focused on sex education and sexual health. It’s coming for a cause!
4. Isn’t Masturbation Just for Men?
Not at all! Everyone can masturbate. In fact, that’s part of what makes Masturbation Month so important. We want to educate people about the benefits and pleasure of masturbation, and dispel some of the myths surrounding the topic. Of all the kinds of sex people can have, masturbation is the most universal and important, yet few people talk about it freely — worse, many people still feel it is “second best” or problematic in some way. Masturbation Month lets us emphasize how great it is: it’s natural, common and fun!
5. Masturbation Month is a Good Vibrations’ Company Event
While we’re extremely proud to have created Masturbation Month, we take even more pleasure in knowing that it continues to spread far beyond the reach of Good Vibrations. We are thrilled to see more Masturbate-A-Thons, and to see sex-positive retailers promote the month as a way to share information and techniques about self-pleasure. You know who we value most when it comes to participating in masturbation month? You! Pleasure is Your Birthright. Happy May and Masturbation for many years to come!