- The word “masturbation” derives from the Latin word mas (masculine) + turbare (move violently). A variant etymology is mans (hand) + struprum (debauch).
- Slang terms for masturbation are abundant and, for men, include wank, jerk off, assault on a friendly weapon, being your own best friend, charming the cobra, Custer’s last stand, one-man show, playing the organ, punishing the bishop, and roughing up the suspect.
- For women, slang terms for masturbation include the following: a night with the girls, engaging in safe sex, manual override, parting the Red Sea, and squeezing the peach.
- Physicians purposely created Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and graham crackers to be as bland as possible because they believed such food would curb the desire to masturbate.
- The first surviving description of female masturbation was written by the French author Restif de la Bretonne, quoted by Havelock Ellis in The Evolution of Modesty, 1897. Restiff describes a woman looking out of window at a young man while touching herself.
- Since prehistoric times, masturbation has been depicted in art.
- Some men and women practice “edging” during masturbation. This is when they masturbate until they nearly reach orgasm and then stop to reduce excitement and then begin again, sometimes multiple times to achieve a stronger orgasm.
- One of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Dr. Benjamin Rush, believed that masturbation was the cause of poor eyesight, epilepsy, poor memory, and tuberculosis. Women especially would become feeble minded and more susceptible to evil if they masturbated.
- The prevalence of circumcision in the United States today is because the medical community in the past believed that circumcision would help curtail masturbation.
- According to Freud, masturbation is the “primary addiction,” meaning that all other addictions merely shadow the desire for self-stimulation.
- American physicians of the early 20th century treated hysteria in women by manually stimulating their genitalia to create “hysterical paroxysms.” This ultimately led to the first vibrators, which were originally steam powered.
- As late as 1972, the American Medical Association maintained that masturbation was abnormal behavior.
- Before the mid-20th century, psychologists often blamed masturbation for the development of sexual perversions and homosexuality.
- Masturbation is the most common form of human sexuality on the planet.
- Temples in India and Asia depict a myriad of sexual acts, including orgies, mastrubation, and group sex.
- Ironically, those who have the most sex tend to masturbate more. Those who have chronically low levels of sex report lower levels of masturbation and decreased levels of desire.
- Before the discovery of bacteria, physicians believed that masturbation caused STDs, such as gonorrhea and syphilis. Once physicians found effective treatments for them, medical antagonism toward masturbation steadily decreased.
- In young children, masturbation is a normal part of exploring and learning about the body.
- While masturbation is usually a normal activity, it can become a problem if it inhibits sexual activity with a partner, causes significant distress to the person, or is performed in public.
- The Bible does not mention either masturbation or self-pleasure.
release sexual tension.
help you sleep better.
improve your self-esteem and body image.
help treat sexual problems.
relieve menstrual cramps and muscle tension.
strengthen muscle tone in your pelvic and anal areas.
- Multiple men have broken their penis while masturbating while driving. The car stopped suddenly, which caused a collision between the penis and steering wheel or dashboard.
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church (paragraph 2352) lists masturbation as one of the “Offenses against Chastity.”
- The makeup of semen is different depending on whether a man masturbates or has intercourse.
- Masturbating is not entirely risk free. Frequent or rough masturbation can irritate the skin, and forcefully bending an erect penis can cause a gruesome injury called penile fracture.
- One man masturbated so frequently that he created abrasions on the shaft of his penis, which then became infected. After two days of vomiting, scrotum swelling, and muscle pain, he went to the ER; doctors diagnosed him with Fournier’s gangrene. The treatment: antibiotics and skin grafts to re-insulate his severely chafed penis.
- Nearly 60% of penile fractures occur while masturbating.
- Masturbating in the shower might seem safe, yet penile fractures have occurred there, presumably from slipping and hitting the wall.
- While kegels (pelvic floor exercises) help tone the vagina, masturbating also helps keep the pelvic floor strong and healthy.
- The ancient Egyptians believed that the god Atum created his children through masturbation.
- The Khajuraho Temple in India depicts both male and female masturbation.