Tips On How To Properly Celebrate International Masturbation Month
New piece up on Vice about how to properly celebrate International Masturbation Month.
The whole month of May is International Masturbation Month. It’s a month devoted entirely to the celebration of self-love. Masturbation is definitely one of my favorite activities other than eating and crying. At first I couldn’t help but wonder, what’s the point of having an International Masturbation Month? I mean really, it’s not like masturbation has any huge historical or political significance. It’s just something you do while you’re lying in bed waiting to fall asleep, or while taking a shower, or while watching the 1994 hit film Airheads. Then I readthis text about how to “cure” yourself from masturbation attributed to Mark E. Petersen of the Church of Latter Day Saints. It’s called “Steps in Overcoming Masturbation” and gives in depth advice on how to overcome its evil and impurity. I got to admit there are some pretty clever tips in here like: wear complicated pajamas, pray constantly, leave the door open when you shower, stop being friends with people who masturbate, eat food every time you want to jerk off, never be alone, never feel lonely or sad, associate masturbation with bathing in a tub filled with worms, etc… Clearly, wacking it has its enemies.
The San Francisco based sex shop Good Vibrations started Masturbation Month in 1995, in response to the firing of then-Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders who suggested masturbation be included in youth sex education programs. “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!” They also write, “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!”
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