May – International Masturbation Month

Ah, the month of May. The weather heats up, the clothes come off and society encourages everyone to masturbate themselves silly. You read that right — May is National Masturbation Month. So take a guilt-free break from trying to win over the girl or guy of your dreams and focus on yourself for a little instead with the knowledge that everyone’s cool with it.
Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders was fired by Bill Clinton for responding to a question about masturbation at a UN conference. She answered, “I think it is something that is part of human sexuality and a part of something that perhaps should be taught” in the context of sex education classes. Ironically, the president never had intercourse with Monica Lewinsky, but rather, she testified, after she performed incomplete fellatio, he would masturbate into the sink in the Oval Office bathroom, not to mention ejaculating onto her blue dress. Sound like the pot calling the kettle black.
That was the end of the first black Surgeon General’s Washington career, but the beginning of National Masturbation Month. The founders of San Francisco based sex toy and education shop Good Vibrations said, "Enough is enough!" They wanted to do two things: keep up the conversation about Elders unjust firing and make people talk about masturbation.
Good Vibrations recognized many people needed support and advice about the very act of masturbating. One of the first things they had to do is provide reassurance. They made sure people knew it was okay to masturbate in the first place. For so long, shame and stigma have been attached to masturbating thanks to conservative groups and the sex police. Yet the truth is it is an activity so commonplace, natural, pleasurable and healthy it is said "ninety-eight percent of us masturbate, and the other two percent are liars."
Masturbation is the foundation for human sexuality, for both men and women, but only a few of us admit doing it or even discuss it because it's considered a taboo subject. This is a real pity because it's not generally known how healthy masturbation is and the many benefits it may provide. For example, it reduce you chance of developing prostate.


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