In fact, Good Vibrations sex educator, Carol Queen, has referred to Masturbation Month as a "PR initiative for masturbation."
Now that's a campaign we can get on board with!
Why Masturbation Month Matters
If virtually everyone masturbates, why does the practice need PR? Good question. That's kind of the thing with sex, isn't it? It's a normal, natural part of being human, and yet many people react to the subject with mortification and shame. There may sex be everywhere you look, but for many people, sexuality is still (still!) tied in with a whole lot of shame. It might be religious, it might have to do with body image or it might just be a very broad and misdirected feeling that touching ourselves and getting pleasure from it is somehow wrong.
Unfortunately, that shame can lead to all kinds of unpleasant feelings - and serious problems. It often prevents people from exploring their bodies - or even causes them to attach sexual pleasure with feelings of contempt and self-reproach. Pleasure and opprobrium. Excitement and guilt. They all get tied up together in a pretty fucked up package.
Shame around sex prevents people from talking openly and honestly with their partners, taking care of their sexual health and treating their sex lives like they matter. Which, of course, they do.
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Because masturbation is often people's first sexual experience, it can color the way people feel about their sexualities, their bodies and their sex lives over the course of their whole lives.
Yes, Masturbation Month is a celebration, but this shit is deep too, guys. Our culture is bent on telling us that we just can't have that cake and eat it too. That enjoying our bodies just isn't OK. That pleasure comes at a cost.
In reality, many studies have shown that masturbation improves sexual function, reduces stress, boosts the immune system and helps us sleep. It's also the best (and often first) way we explore our bodies. Without the shame, that pleasure is not only healthy, but empowering.
Why You Should Join in the Fun
We have so much respect for those who started Masturbation Month - and those who are carrying on the tradition. And, guys, while there definitely still is stigma around self-pleasure, things are getting so much better. Kinkly's only been around since 2013, and even in that short time we've seen greater awareness, openness and discussion around sexuality and sexual health - masturbation included.
And you know what? That's something worth celebrating.