May is Masturbation Month

By now, you’ve probably heard, May is Masturbation Month. And you might be wondering why? Or how did this come about. It isn’t actually a convenient reason to buy more sex toys or just to spend so much more time on solo play. While, those are darn fine reasons to spend a night in…we believe you don’t really need a special month for that. Masturbation is healthy and can be done at any time of the year.

May is Masturbation Month

Celebrating May as Masturbation Month helps normalize something that should be pretty darn “normal”. Its origin story goes like this… It originally began as a way to protect and celebrate the right to masturbate. The first National Masturbation Day was observed May 7, 1995, after  retailer Good Vibrations in California declared the day in honor of  Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, who was fired in 1994 by President Clinton for suggesting masturbation be part of the sex education curriculum for students. Does this seem crazy to you? It seems crazy to us. Though in our province of Ontario, we’re still struggling to have a progressive sex education program, so maybe not so crazy?

So now, hooray, we celebrate and honour this month every year. It might not yet, get TV anchors speaking on it, but really they should. Masturbation really is a very healthy expression of your sexuality. Masturbation usually involves manual manipulation with your fingers or perhaps a sex toy. You can practice alone or even with a partner. You can mutually pleasure each other during foreplay. Or you can put on a show for your partner. Best of all you can do it for yourself.

Solo Pleasure

Solo pleasure can help you understand what works for you. You can discover just the right pressure, atmosphere, tension etc…that makes you climax. Masturbation has been depicted in art for a very long time. We’ve found thousands of year old sex toys as well. We’re innovators from way back! Pretty much any sensitive area can be pleasured, nipples, anus, prostate, penis, vagina, or clitoris…maybe you have another sensitive go to hot spot? You can masturbate with penetration techniques or simply externally…there really is no right or wrong. You can masturbation in front of a partner, reading erotica, watching porn or fantasize while pleasuring yourself. You can do it once a month or once a day.

Everyone Does It

There are many studies now on masturbation and who does it…conclusion, well pretty much everyone has tried it at some point in their life. Men get the prize, topping out at 97%! Women lag behind at approximately 71%. But I do wonder about social stigma…our world still often tells us, don’t do it. Sex is for procreation. Actually sex is for pleasure! Masturbation is a private act and should be comfortable for you. It really is the best way to get you know yourself. So if you haven’t tried it, please do, or if its been awhile, why not treat yourself to a night in?  seriously…Discover what you like. This will improve your sex life dramatically. Be intimate with yourself so you can improve your intimacy in your sex life with others.


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