Happy Hump Day! And hey – its May! You know what May is? National Masturbation Month!
That’s right. Its a whole month dedicated to the safest sex possible! It was apparently started by Good Vibrations, a sex education and toy shop based out of San Francisco (of course) to increase awareness about masturbation in the public and private spheres, as well as increase education around masturbation and sexual health.
I remember reading an issue of Seventeen wayy back when, and they had an article about how often it’s ok to “hit the sheets, solo style.” (I believe the answer was something along the lines of “everything in moderation”) I was pleased to see that Seventeen is still repping a solo-sex-positive stance. They’re even busting some myths about the “m-word,” and encourage you to Love Yourself.
MYTH: Girls don’t masturbate—only boys do!
TRUTH: It’s true that society says it’s okay for guys but not girls to touch and explore their private parts. That’s why over 80 percent of guys feel free to “spank the monkey” while only 60 percent of girls do. Some girls think they shouldn’t try and so they suppress the urge, or feel guilty about it if they do. Whether or not you masturbate depends on your own beliefs, but every girl has the same right as a guy to explore her body in a safe way — and feel no shame!
Even the Seinfeld guys think women don’t (need to) masturbate like guys do:
The month of May is not a time to make a bet with your friends. Instead, make a date with yourself. Treat yourself to something special. Watch this informational video with badass Betty Dodson, and perhaps recognize that masturbation and National Masturbation Month isn’t always about pleasure-seeking – its about self-loving. Through self exploration, women and men can discover things about their bodies that can increase their sexual confidence (or as I like to say, your “sex-esteem”) and help make them better lovers for their partners and themselves.
This post brought to you by Tara, who promptly stopped reading Seventeen at age 16.