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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 YourTango.com: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Masturbation.

By Amanda Chatel for YourTango.com.

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12:10PM PDT on Jun 28, 2015

I agree, most women won't admit they do it! Come on, it's the safest form of sex, encourages imagination and releases healthy endorphins.
I'm currently celibate, and the fact that I use my own body as an outlet for my sexuality is healthy!
Until I find the right man, I'll take care of my own needs, and won't be jumping into a relationship with Mr. Wrong!!!

9:33AM PDT on Jun 25, 2015

@ Barbara D."it shows lack of control and addiction to sex". Spoken like a true asexual. Not that clear to others. Our posters seem to overlook the connection between heavy masturbation causing erectile disfunction that does occur I situations where other sexual outlets are unavailable. One cure is total abstinence for several months.

1:34AM PDT on Jun 25, 2015

Geeta Saar (Essence of the Geeta)

(English)


WHATEVER HAPPENED WAS GOOD
WHATEVER IS HAPPENING IS GOOD
WHATEVER WILL HAPPEN WILL ALSO BE GOOD
WHAT HAVE YOU PARTED WITH THAT MAKES YOU CRY ?
WHAT DID YOU BRING WITH YOU THAT YOU HAVE LOST ?
WHAT DID YOU CREATE WHICH IS NOW DESTROYED ?
WHAT YOU HAVE TAKEN, YOU HAVE TAKEN ONLY FROM HERE.
WHAT WAS GIVEN WAS GIVEN ONLY FROM HERE.
WHAT IS YOURS TODAY, WAS SOMEONE ELSE'S YESTERDAY, WILL BE SOMEONE ELSE'S TOMORROW.

CHANGE IS THE LAW OF THE UNIVERSE

12:11AM PDT on Jun 24, 2015

Hmm seems a lot of women are getting their kicks and why not you can have your cake and eat it too.

9:09AM PDT on Jun 23, 2015

According to one recent news item:
"Klittra" -- Sweden's unofficial new term for female masturbation -- combines the words "clitoris" (klitoris) and "glitter" (glittra) in an effort to encourage a positive outlook on women's sexual pleasure.

9:58PM PDT on Jun 20, 2015

Thanks. I learned 2 things I didn't know.

10:03PM PDT on Jun 14, 2015

different strokes for different folks...who really cares? Keeping it private doesn't mean a person can't be experiencing sexual pleasure walking down the street or sitting in a chair. With all the gadgets for sexual stimulation sold in any pleasure shop, no one else would even know one is being used. As long as the person doing it is satisfied who cares?

2:53AM PDT on Jun 12, 2015

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10:09AM PDT on Jun 10, 2015

lets give masturbation a big hand, or a small one, or a thumbs-up, maybe down, (goodness, i better stop. i'm feeling...well, you know, or do you? ha-ha)

2:07AM PDT on Jun 10, 2015

they have captured fetus' masterbating in womb!
Beware of those who deny doing it, or worse make it an "evil act!!

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