May The Wank Be With You
Here’s a short post on masturbation.
“Doctor please help me. I am addicted to masturbation. I do it at least three times a day, sometimes even more. I can’t help it; the desire to do it just takes over. Now I think it is affecting my penis – which is looking run down and isn’t as erect as it used to be. Do you think I can have a normal married life?”
How many times have you read something like that in an agony aunt column? Seems like forever doesn’t it. Even today, ostensibly at an age where we are supposed to have information at our fingertips, many tormented souls feel guilty about touching themselves for erotic pleasure. Time was – when I was in school – old wives tales abounded about how masturbation caused all kinds of ailments like blindness and insanity, including (don’t know why I remember this!) hairy palms. If this were true, think of how many blind insane people with hairy palms we would have running around in the streets.
Why can’t things change…or have they? Consider a study I saw the other day in the Journal for Sexual Medicine on vibrator usage in America. Apparently, more than 50 per cent of adults there use vibrators. More specifically, 50 per cent of women use vibrators and surprisingly 45 per cent of men use them too. It of course transpires that a large portion of the male category use the vibrators on their women. But still, as much as 17 per cent use vibrators for self-stimulation – read masturbation.
The study found that while vibrators are often hidden in sock drawers or beneath the bed, their use is a sign of a healthy sexual life. In fact, women who use vibrators were more likely to have had a gynecological exam during the past year and to have performed genital self-examination. These very same women also reported having better sex as well as experiencing higher sexual desire.
Men too fared much the same. The study says those men who use vibrators were more likely to report participation in sexual health promoting behaviors, such as testicular self-exam. In fact, the same men again scored much higher (than others who don’t use vibrators) on factors used to measure sexual function like erectile function, intercourse satisfaction, orgasmic function and sexual desire.
It’s an interesting study because it opens up a whole new front for masturbatory sex. Think about it: a vibrator is mostly used for (except when men use it on women) solo sex. Could then it be that as much as 50 per cent of America is dysfunctional and mainly gets off through the vibrations of a battery-induced sex toy? I don’t know. What it clearly shows is that more and more people use masturbation for sexual relief and aren’t labeled losers, despite popular derogatory terms like “wanker” and “jerk-off”.
Now if only those dorks in the agony aunt columns could get to know about this….