National Masturbation Day, also known as International Masturbation Day, is an annual event celebrated on May 7 or May 28, to protect the right to masturbate. It was first observed May 7, 1995, after sex-positive retailer, Good Vibrations, declared the day in honor of Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders who was fired by President Bill Clinton for suggesting masturbation be a part of sex education curriculum for students; she was terminated on December 9, 1994. The day has since been expanded to include the entire month of May as International Masturbation Month.
Woah! So today is the second last day of the International Masturbation Day. I know many of you did not know about this. Right? Well, that is why I thought of sharing it with you here.
I know, there should not be any such month or day where one celebrates masturbation. It is nothing but a way to touch yourself to give the sexual pleasures. There are hundreds and thousands of pornographic websites which are watched by men and women both.
I am not being judgmental here whether it is right or wrong, whether one should go with the flow or not. But one thing is very clear for sure, no matter how many boys or girls denied that they don’t do it, are certainly lying. It is not a taboo to give yourself a pleasure, as long as you are not hurting others or your own self. Many people are still wearing the fake mask of avoiding those who talks about masturbation or self-love. And somehow that is the thing which goes wrong.
Recently, one of my female friends introduced me with one of the interesting series on YouTube named Sex Chat with Pappu & Papa whereby a little kid asks his father, what is masturbation. And I was really astonished to see the reaction of the father. But it is really interesting to see how wonderfully he explained him with minute details. Let me share that video with you here:
Who decided we should celebrate masturbation during the month of May? It Was the toy company Good Vibrations. But before you get up in arms about it being a commercialized holiday invented by ‘hallmark’ to sell more ‘cards’ you should know what inspired it. In 1994 the US Surgeon General Dr Jocelyn Elders was forced to resign after expressing her expert opinion about the AIDS epidemic. She was asked directly what she thought about;
“a more explicit discussion and promotion of masturbation” As a means to limit the spread of the virus.
To which she replied;
(I am) “a very strong advocate” of teaching sex education in schools “at a very early age.”
“As per your specific question in regard to masturbation,” Dr. Elders said, “I think that is something that is a part of human sexuality and it’s a part of something that perhaps should be taught. But we’ve not even taught our children the very basics.”
This was just too much and she was forced to resign. It was the straw that broke the camels back. What were the other straws you ask? She had spoken of potentially distributing contraceptives in public schools and she was open to studying the legalization of drugs. She was a progressive woman, far ahead of her time.
(Thanks to tabbyandmonkey for inspiring me to write this blog post )
Some Quotes on Masturbation
1) My first time I jacked off, I thought I’d invented it. I looked down at my sloppy handful of junk and thought This is going to make me rich.
-Chuck Palahniuk, American author, Choke
2) You cannot blame porn. When I was young, I used to masturbate to Gilligan’s Island.
– Ron Jeremy, American porn actor.
3) Sex without love is nothing more than a complex form of masturbation.
-August Clearwing, Never Have I Ever
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