Masturbation is a very organic part of our lives. Unfortunately, it has always been a taboo topic for our society. The worst part about this taboo is the concealment of the scientific facts and not educating people about it in the right context. Masturbation still largely remains a taboo topic for parents and teachers to talk to their kids and students about. But whether we talk about it or not, matter of the fact still remains the same. It is still a part of our sexuality and it requires a bigger conversation that can help us in understanding it better. Due to a gross lack of education, people often have a lot of queries about masturbation. Here are a few questions frequently asked by people and their answers in detail.
1. What Is Masturbation?
This is a frequently asked question by most prepubescent children. Masturbation is an act of touching or rubbing the genitals either with hands or sometimes sex objects. Masturbation can help people in achieving orgasms. It can be a pleasurable experience that people shouldn’t be ashamed of.
2. How Did Society React To Masturbation In The Past?
Masturbation is a pleasurable act. Unfortunately, society hasn’t quite been very accepting of this act since the very beginning. Masturbation has always been looked down upon as crass, rather than as an act of sexual liberation and personal choice.
In the early 1700s, an ill-informed physicist Samuel-Auguste Tissot assumed that semen is made up of blood. So, he went on to write various things to conclude that ejaculation is harmful to health. His findings were regarded to be true and were followed for quite sometime. Kellogg’s founder John Harvey Kellogg came up with corn flakes to reduce masturbation among public as he believed that bland food reduces desire. In another bizarre historical incident, authorities used to be employed to stop people from masturbating. And people who were caught guilty of the crime used to be punished severely by the authorities. Extreme measures like circumcision were put in place to stop masturbation. In 1994, Jocelyn Elders was made to resign from her position as Surgeon General for merely suggesting that masturbation should be a part of Sex Education in schools.
3. How Common A Practice Is Masturbation Among People?
This is a very common question asked generally by college goers. The answer is very subjective for this one. Religion plays a huge role in our society. And many religions shun all the practices related to human sexuality and condemn all the sexual acts that don’t involve reproduction. As per most religions in the world, sex is a way of procreation and should not be used for recreation. Hence, most religions only accept heterosexual marriages as holy matrimony.
4. Why Do People Masturbate?
Contrary to what physicist Tissot believed, masturbation comes with a lot of health benefits. It is known for relieving stress and providing relief from menstrual cramps. It can help us in gaining confidence in our skin and about our sexuality. It is a good way for experiencing pleasure without any potential risks. It can also help us in knowing more about our personal erogenous zones.
5. Is It Okay To Teach Kids About Masturbation?
According to the sexologist Dr. Lanae St. John, there is a difference between teaching your kids to masturbate and educating them about masturbation. It is certainly okay for you to educate your kids in the subject matter. Information will only help them in taking better decisions. Children will eventually figure it out themselves but it is important that you instill in them good sense before they try it. You can tell them about the necessity of a personal space and hygiene for masturbation.
Masturbation is a part of human sexuality. We can either accept that and take educated personal decisions regarding that or we can turn a deaf ear to it and hope it just disappears. The choice is ultimately yours.