Masturbation is a healthy and perfectly natural activity and something that should be actively encouraged, given the physical and mental health benefits that come with it. However, over the years’ masturbation has been frowned upon and in some cases considered to be sinful and subsequently punishable. Fortunately, today there is a far greater awareness about the positive impacts of a little solo-play.
If you think you knew everything there was to know about masturbation then guess again, here are some surprising facts about masturbation that may shock you.
- Joycelyn Elders was forced to resign after saying that masturbation is natural
In 1994, the Surgeon General of the United States, Joycelyn Elders, was forced to resign over her comments about masturbation. She said that masturbation is natural and that young people should be taught about it. Even after being fired, Elders continue to talk about the more ‘taboo’ subjects with a number of interviews and television appearances. [Source]
- You’d get the death penalty for masturbation in 17th century Connecticut
If ever you feel like we live in miserable times, all you need to do is read a history book and you’ll realize that as difficult as things are right now, they’re the best they’ve ever been. For example, if you were caught masturbating in Connecticut during the 17th century you would be sentenced to death! [Source]
- Not all men masturbate
It’s no secret that men masturbate a lot – particularly as teenagers. However, did you know that some men do not masturbate at all? A small percentage of men report to have never masturbated and do not have the desire to do so. Don’t worry if you fall into this category – whatever you feel comfortable with doing is perfectly natural.
- Vibrators aren’t just for women
That’s right gentlemen, if you’ve ever thought about buying sex toys online then you go right ahead. Get your hands on a vibrator and try it out while masturbating. There are also a number of male masturbators on the market that can enhance the pleasure of your solo adventures.
- Semen ejaculated via sex and masturbation are different
It may surprise you to learn that when a man ejaculates, the semen will be different depending on the method of arousal. For example, ejaculation during sex contains more sperm than it does during masturbation. This is likely due to the fact that the prostate is more active during sexual intercourse. [Source]
Bonus – Masturbation in the Japanese language
Here’s an interesting fact for you (the ladies will love this): The Japanese word for male masturbation is: “senzuri”, which translates to “a thousand rubs,” while the word for female masturbation is: “shiko shiko manzuri,” which means “ten thousand rubs”.
We hope that you have found this article interesting. The important thing to remember is that masturbation is a perfectly natural thing to do. You should not feel ashamed for having sexual desires as it’s normal behavior. If, however, you are concerned that perhaps you might not be masturbating properly, or if you are finding it painful when you do so, please do not hesitate to consult your doctor for advice.