National Masturbation Month Roundup

For the last 16 years, we’ve been promoting National Masturbation Month and getting the word out that solo sex is real sex. It’s been a slow process, but then, pretty much everything worthwhile is, isn’t it?

After all this time, it’s great to see the impact of that message. Here are a few great websites that have gotten on board!

 


Clipped from: bitchmagazine.org

Bitch Magazine has a great post, with tidbits about the Masturbate-a-thon and some really fun articles.

 

Empowerher.com’s article points out some of the many benefits to self-pleasure:

You’re not alone if you masturbate. It’s the most popular and most frequently engaged in sexual activity around the world. In fact, many sexual health educators often refer to it as one of the cornerstones of sexual health. Studies show masturbation has documented emotional, physical and psychological benefits.

Women who regularly masturbate increase their resistance to yeast infections. Masturbation helps women release pre-menstrual tension and can provide menstrual cramp relief. That’s because it increases blood flow to the pelvic region which helps reduce pelvic cramping and related backaches. Masturbation can also help to alleviate chronic back pain.

 

Examiner.com delves even deeper into the topic, with these great facts:

Health Benefits for Men
A survey of men found the more frequently a man masturbates between the ages of 20 and 50, the less likely they are to get prostate cancer. In fact, those who masturbated more than five times a week were one-third less likely to develop prostate cancer.

These findings were the subject of a 2003 Doonesbury panel by Pulitzer Prize-winning Garry Trudeau. In the panel, one character alludes to masturbation as “self-dating.  Nearly half of the 700 papers which normally syndicate Doonesbury did not to run that strip, proving that public discussion of masturbation is still a thorny issue for some, and perhaps attesting to the need for an observance like National Masturbation Month.

Health Benefits for Women
Women who masturbate regularly increase their resistance to yeast infections. Masturbation helps women release pre-menstrual tension and other physical discomfort associated with menstrual cycles, like cramps. Masturbation increases blood flow to the pelvic region, which helps to reduce pelvic cramping and related backaches. Masturbation can also help to alleviate chronic back pain and increase a woman’s overall pain threshold.

 

And CollegeCandy.com takes it in a different direction. They want you to know that female porcupines have been witnessed using wooden sticks to masturbate and a this very moment, 797,151 Americans are masturbating. That’s more people than the entire population of Alaska!

Have you seen other coverage of National Masturbation Month? Get in touch with us and let us know!

Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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