Masturbation is the epitome of self-pleasure. It’s a connection between you and your body that encapsulates spiritual, physical, sexual, mental, and emotional self-love. It allows you to get to know your body and yourself intimately. Not to mention, it gives you and your body the attention only you know it deserves.
As an act of self-love, masturbation empowers us to accept our most carnal needs. It explores our preferences – what we like, what we don’t like. Do I like rough play or slow and sensual? Do I like grabbing myself or not? These are the things that you get to affirm when you practice self-indulgence. And who doesn’t what to indulge in pleasure themselves by themselves? Am I right?
So in celebration of our love for self-love, here are 5 great facts about masturbation that are steaming with reasons why you should do it shamelessly:
1. YOU ARE YOUR OWN LOVER
A lot of people think that sex must always be a partnered event. News flash! You don’t have to have a partner to have sex! You can do it all by yourself!
With the right tools, you’ll be having mental arguments about whether to go out or shut yourself in and dive into a session. It’s easier to melt into your fingers (or toy) without the added pressure of pleasing someone else. Sometimes, these personified variables increase stress levels and make it impossible to enjoy yourself. Yet being your own lover, you can relax into the sensations unbridled by another’s opinion. What’s more, it is the safest sexual activity you can have with zero risks of contracting STDs and none of that pregnancy scare. Yikes.
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2. HEALTHILY NATURAL
Masturbation is often stigmatized even in today’s society. It’s called a lot of names but what strikes the guilt and shame the worst is the phrase devil’s work. However, if you think about it from a scientific perspective, why would the devil’s work have so many health benefits?
Research has confirmed that the act of self-pleasure can actually help release sexual tension, reduce stress and help you sleep better, among many others. The act’s release of hormones, i.e., endorphins – the stress hormone; dopamine – the happy hormone, and so on, greatly contributes to managing your equilibrium. So every time you get to that sweet, sweet release, you feel invigorated and more centered. With its mood-enhancing magic, you can say goodbye to groggy and irritable work days! Slide one in before work, and you’ll find yourself super ready to take on the world!
Masturbation is healthily natural. Our bodies were made to function as well as be enjoyed. Hence, giving yourself time down there shouldn’t be something you should be guilty about after. It’s 2021 and people should own their bodies and its needs!
3. MASTURBATION MAY
And what better way to own our bodies and its needs than in May? Would you believe that there’s an entire month dedicated to masturbation? Well, you better believe it!
Good Vibrations declared the first Masturbation Day on May 7th, 1995, a year after Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders made an obscene comment that “masturbation should be incorporated in the sex education curriculum for students” (shocker). President Bill Clinton fired her for the suggestion, which only fueled the fire for sex-positive activists to honor and celebrate the right to self-pleasure.
It has since been expanded to include the entire month of May and is fondly known as Masturbation May.
4. MIGHT BE BETTER THAN PARTNERED SEX
Now, we’re not saying that partnered sex is the inferior type of pleasure. All types of pleasure are valid as long as it’s partnered with consent! It’s just that some people think that masturbation is better.
Recent surveys have shown that 27% – 40% of women prefer to go solo than with a partner/s. While that preference is subjective to each individual, let’s remember that masturbation is a form of self-care. And we can’t expect everyone to take care of us the way we take care of ourselves.
5. BOOSTS CONFIDENCE AND CELEBRATES SEXUAL LIBERATION
As a form of self-love and self-care, masturbation boosts confidence and celebrates sexual liberation. For too long, the patriarchy and society have told us that masturbation is unclean and unnatural. That the hands the roam are the hands of the devil, and we can’t have that! Our bodies are ours to do as we please. Pleasure is a part of it, and we should not be ashamed of liking our own or others’ languid touches and exciting or sensual vibrations from toys.
Masturbation boosts confidence, both in the bedroom and outside of it. The phenomenon of accepting your body and yourself starts from within. The more open the masturbation conversation, the more we become in touch with our nature as sexual beings. Sex is natural! Masturbation is natural!
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