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Masturbation – It’s Normal To Masturbate.

by | Dec 4, 2004 | Sex, Sexuality & Pregnancy

It’s normal to masturbate!

Despite all of the rules and taboos placed around masturbation, there is nothing unnatural about it at all. Everyone is born with genitalia; it is only natural that people experiment with touching their genitals during the course of their lives. Children do it in the first year of life without any instruction or other prior learning. They touch their genitals because it brings them physical pleasure; they are not yet aware that society has negative thoughts about it. Many parents take society’s view and stop their children from engaging in the tabooed behavior. Instead, parents should be helping their children see the difference between things that can be done in private versus those not done in public. Yet parental discomfort and embarrassment play key roles in influencing the way parents talk to their children. Even the most educated parents may have difficulty discussing masturbation, so it is no wonder that many children view masturbation as a bad thing. Guilt and misinformation have been associated with masturbation for hundreds of years. It is only recently that people have begun to accept that masturbation is natural in humans and other species. Sex therapists encourage people to use masturbation as a good way to learn about their bodies and the types of stimulation that best arouse their sexual feelings. We should value masturbation as a learning process and overcome the strong taboos of the past.

Once a day keeps the doctor away!

People have been told for hundreds of years that masturbation is a bad thing, and some were even told that it poses health risks. Many people do not stop to question the validity of these messages. There are actually many benefits associated with masturbation. It can help to relieve stress and tension, help you to go to sleep, and it has been proven to aid in alleviating menstrual cramps. It helps you learn what kind of stimulation turns you on. It can also be viewed as a good workout for your cardiovascular system, and can improve self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-awareness. Masturbation also allows people to remain sexually active throughout the course of their entire life, partner or not!

Understanding your sexuality

Masturbation is an excellent way to learn about your sexual anatomy and unique sexual likes/dislikes and responses. Through experimentation (which is a normal activity), you can touch all the parts of your body and find out what brings you the most pleasure. This knowledge will help both you and your partner (future or present) to have a good sex life. Sex toys and lubricants help you explore and discover what gives you the most pleasure, allowing you to approach sex with a partner with more confidence and satisfaction.

Free to be sexual

Self-pleasuring is a form of sexual expression. Masturbation is sex. It is safe sex, since you cannot become pregnant or contract an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) while masturbating. You are asserting your identity as a sexual being every time you masturbate. You are casting off the taboos and negative thoughts from ancient belief systems and celebrating your sexuality. You will not go blind or be punished, as many “old wives tales” claim; instead, masturbation provides us with a way to escape the world and enter into the private world of our sexual selves.

Taken From http://www.soc.ucsb.edu/sexinfo/?article=t…ensex&refid=008

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