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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Masturbation

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Masturbation

According to my mother, women don’t masturbate. The fact that I do, and she knows this because she reads what I write and I don’t find the need to keep quiet about the subject, is not only upsetting to her but further proof that I “act like a man.” A phrase both she and my father have used to describe me on several occasions. My father actually regards it as a compliment, while my mother is hoping her words will kick some sort of conventional ideas of how a lady should act into my brain. No such luck yet, mom.

Despite my mother’s thoughts on the subject, women do masturbate. In fact, a lot of them do — and do it often, and it’s pleasurable and makes for a better sex life. If you know how to get yourself off, then sex with someone else is that much more satisfying because you’re confident with yourself and know your body.

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Here are five things that you perhaps didn’t know about masturbation. Hopefully these facts will make some of you more open to the subject. Let the climaxing begin!

1. People who have sex regularly masturbate more than those who don’t. Weird, right? Well, not really. If you masturbate, you’re more likely to be sexually open, and therefore, you know, have sex. Also, as I said above, if you know what you like when you’re solo, it will enhance your sexual experience with your partner.

2. More women masturbate than are willing to admit. Actually, this fact shouldn’t be very shocking, but perhaps the percentages will astonish you. Most teenagers are already going at it with themselves: Surveys show that before both genders have reached 18, 80 percent of males and 59 percent of females have given masturbation a whirl. As far as people over 18, the numbers get a bit shady. Some research shows that as many as 92 percent of women “admit” to it, while surveys from Kinsey put that percentage anywhere between 50 and 70.

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3. Older women masturbate, too. Your sex drive just gets more revved up as you get older. A 2010 Kinsey study found that roughly 30 percent of women in relationships between 60 and 69 years of age had “recently” double-clicked their mouse. For those over 70, “solo masturbation was reported by more than half who were in a non-cohabitating relationship, compared to 12.2 percent among married women.”

4. Some countries (though obviously not the prudish U.S.!) encourage daily masturbation for their teenage population. In 2009, the U.K. government got on the bandwagon with other European nations to encourage teenagers to masturbate at least once a day. Not only was masturbating defined as a “right” in health pamphlets, but it was also touted as helping to reduce STDs and teen pregnancy. Smart thinking!

5. Masturbation wasn’t always taboo. Why do we love the early Romans? Because they were open about their sexuality! Even as early as the 4th millennium BC, a clay figurine depicted a woman touching herself, and obviously enjoying it. All was great until the early 1700′s when an anonymous pamphlet entitled Onania was published and put an end to all the fun. Calling masturbation a “heinous sin” of “self-pollution,” and depicting archaic devices to prevent this “pollution,” it gave masturbation a bad rap for centuries to come (no pun intended). This mentality continued through the 16th and 17th century, when those who did masturbate were regarded as mentally ill. Over 60 percent of mental and physical illnesses were blamed on masturbation.

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Although the 60′s helped turn around some of these ancient views, for some, especially those who are fiercely religious or are my mother, masturbation will never be acceptable. Hey, your loss. So during this National Masturbation Month, go ahead and touch yourself; you’ll make the Divinyls proud.

Do any of these facts about masturbation surprise you?

This article originally appeared on 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Masturbation.

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1:41PM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

Yeah, and Chimps do it too, so why should this be so taboo and secret. It's totally normal.

2:42AM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

Ok so we women masturbate but isn't anything private any more, some things shouldn't be talked about

8:54AM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

Yes at 1 time as WendyJ says womenwho were said to suffer from"histeria" were masturbated to cause a relief from this, presumably their partners if any or husbands were not up to it. Masturbating as a teenager prevents you from "starching" the sheets.

9:52PM PDT on Aug 14, 2014


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7:46AM PDT on Aug 13, 2014

Anyone here heard the song by Annette Peacock, called "Happy With My Hand" from Abstract Contact. Great track, and it kind of legitimizes masturbation. . .

6:53AM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

I know something YourTango doesn't, about masturbation: During the 19th and early 20th centuries, women's doctors used to masturbate them to orgasm as a way of curing their nervous problems. Expensive, maybe, but a nice little workaround for someone who was burdened by society's taboos. Not to mention, with a cute doctor, it might have been fun.

Also, re this: "People who have sex regularly masturbate more than those who don’t." With all due respect, piffle. I identify as asexual, and I have NO INTEREST AT ALL in finding a sexual partner, and find all my release in masturbation. YourTango apparently likes pigeonholing people.

3:18AM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

even when i tell this thing to my friends, they'll think it's just an excuse for masturbate -_-

9:34PM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

Thx good info .

2:40PM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

Hahahaha, I´m not from the prudish USA, I´m from Germany, but in our family the issue masturbation´s also been a taboo, you had to do it in the closet! I think especially for teenies it´s a great way to explore your body and its reactions without really having sex too soon... But that´s my opinion!

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