It’s National Masturbation Month in May. That link is so comprehensive that it feels a little redundant to add more to this post, but I haven’t written in a while so I want to at least sum things up.
Masturbation Month was started by Good Vibrations after the firing of U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders. Her career as Surgeon General was pretty controversial all the way through, but the final straw was her answer to a question about masturbation, specifically whether it would be appropriate to present masturbation to young people as an alternative to riskier forms of sex. Elders answered:
I think that it is part of human sexuality, and perhaps it should be taught.
…and thus ended her career as Surgeon General.
I don’t really understand the disapproval of masturbation. It’s the safest sex there is, yet it’s often treated as though it were terribly harmful somehow. Kellogg’s corn flakes were created specifically as an anti-masturbation measure, about the same time vibrators were being used as a treatment for “hysteria”.
People are weird.
I’d like to write more about this, but it’s time to get my weekend started now. I’ll try to get at least one more masturbation post up during the merry, merry month of May, but if not I’ll just have to write when time and inspiration coincide.
For now take care of yourself, love yourself, and may the fourth be with you.