5 Myths About…Masturbation
1. If I masturbate, my partner won’t think I am satisfied – Trying to make masturbation about your partner, in any way, is a disservice to you and your sexual health. People in relationships tend to masturbate more (according to WebMD)“Myths About Masturbation.” WebMD.com. WebMD LLC., n.d. Web. 7 May 2012. blogs.webmd.com/sexual-health-sex-matters/2007/06/myths-about-masturbation.html , and it has nothing to do with satisfaction. Self love is something you’ve been doing since you’ve been a child, it feels good and it’s fun. Masturbation is all about you, sex between two people isn’t, and relationships certainly aren’t. You have to balance your partner’s needs and wants in and out of the bedroom, but with masturbation, it’s all about you, babe.
2. Masturbation lessens my desire for sex – Yeah, not so. In fact, Planned Parenthood “Myths and Facts About Masturbation – Planned Parenthood.” Sexual & Reproductive Health – Sex Education – Planned Parenthood. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 May 2012. … Continue reading says that people who masturbate actually want sex more. You can get an idea of what you want and what feels good, and you can show your partner. It follows then that it makes sex better, and who doesn’t hunger for better sex?
3. ‘It doesn’t do anything for me’ – Unless you identify as an asexual, then you aren’t doing it right. It is not unheard of that people of various backgrounds don’t know how to masturbate. Try different toys if one doesn’t work, move to vibrators if your hand isn’t getting it done, or see a professional. To me, as a sexual educator, masturbation is as important as other parts of sexual health. If masturbation truly isn’t doing anything for you, keep trying or see a doctor.
4. Masturbation causes blindness, acne, hair loss, chronic fatigue, singleness, bad attitudes, hairy palms or cancer. – I had to include this one, if only because some of us have heard this from our grandmothers. If you don’t now that this is all lies, hear it now. It’s all untrue. Conversely, doctors say masturbation has medical benefits- it can relieve stress, insomnia, headaches, PMS and menstrual cramps. Do it for your health, y’all.
5. It’s only for guys – Yeah, no. Frankly, I think it should be the exact opposite. Girls should know all about what turns them on between the legs, and if that partner can’t find the clitoris, then you should be able to educate him/her on your parts. So girls, get those vibrators and get to work.
Other facts about Masturbation –
- 400 BC: Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, thought too much masturbation would rot a person’s spinal cord.
- 1894: John Kellogg invented Corn Flakes to keep young people from masturbating. His theory? Cold cereals made you less horny!
- 1911: The Boy Scout Handbook told boys that they were likely to end up in an insane asylum if they ever masturbated.
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