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Women > Reproduction > Masturbation

Knowing your self

For many of us, talking about masturbation is a taboo, it's just not done. Over the ages, religious and political groups have condemned masturbation, claiming it inhibits self-control, promotes sexual promiscuity and is damaging to our health - these claims are totally unfounded and are based on superstition.

All research indicates that masturbation is a natural and normal activity, and that it is good for our health.

Boys usually begin masturbating when they reach puberty, sometimes several times daily until they find a satisfactory sexual partner, a process that may take five or 10 years. For them, they simply have this wonderful new toy and they cannot help themselves and even then, they will likely experience more wet dreams.

Masturbation is also known as autoeroticism, it's a form of sexual stimulation of one’s genitals and usually continues until orgasm is achieved. Masturbation is most often done with one's own hands and fingers, our a sex toy like a vibrator can be used.

Masturbation is an inherent aspect of human nature

Girls quite often have a more difficult time, especially if their parents are strongly restrictive.  They are confused and torn up by the natural desire to self explore and the desire to be obedient. This confusion makes growing up unnecessarily difficult and it's time that healthy common sense prevailed.

If they have the freedom, girls from as young as three years will begin self masturbation simply because rubbing the genital area feels nice, although the thrill of orgasm may not come until they reach puberty. During these early years parents exercise subtle control  by the overuse of restrictive clothing, verbal and physical reprimands, and the directing of a child's energy outwards into the material world.

Such deprivation can have many negative consequences such as incontinence through into adolescence and beyond, low self esteem, depression and difficult menstruation when it arrives.  Of all the people who masturbate, this includes 'every man' and an estimated eighty two percent of women, there has never been any proof of harm.

We grow up in a tightly controlled world where people's opinions matter.  Unfortunately these ignorant and negative messages are based on personal fear and superstitions, and they cause a great deal of shame and embarrassment about what is a very natural and healthy activity.  In analysis, there is no truth in those negative arguments.

On the contrary, masturbation and the pleasure derived from it:

  1. Help us to release stress and relax
  2. Help us sleep better
  3. Exercise the lower abdomen and keep our reproductive system healthy
  4. Educate us about our own body
  5. Improve our sense perception
  6. Improve our ability to make love
  7. Help to know our own bodies and how they work.

Masturbation is important for helping you to discover your body and to find out what you like. Contrary to popular belief, you are responsible for your own orgasm. So if you know your body and know what excites you, you will be able to communicate that to your partner.

Masturbation is very important for the overall health of the reproductive system.  In effect masturbation energises the reproductive organs and a girl comes to know what is normal within her cycle which can lead to the early detection of any problems which may arise.

After childbirth many women experience bladder leakage during daily walks, exercising, sneezing, laughing, etc. This problem is a huge nuisance, to say the least. The pelvic muscles which support the bladder and bowel become lose, and masturbation along with pelvic floor exercises can help to restore muscle function

The urge to masturbate may come from romantic or sexual thoughts, but I can also be induced by finding a quiet place for some personal pleasure to help relieve stresses bought on by the surrounding environment.

The well known actor Woody Allen is quoted as saying: "Don't knock masturbation, it's sex with someone you love" and "I am such a good lover because I practise a lot on my own."  Although he's a guy, these sentiments are also true for women.

Many famous personalities have come out in support of masturbation and it's an activity that we can all enjoy in private or with close friends. The more talk about it, the more it will become normalised and we mature as human beings.

An interesting history

In nineteenth centaury Europe, the wealthy and even middle class men were not interested in having sex with their wives. They were left at home to raise the kids and without sex, they were often very unhappy. This unhappiness was called 'women's hysteria' and the cure was to send them to a doctor who would masturbate them to orgasm and they would be content for a while. Then to save the doctors time and effort, the vibrator was invented and women began to take care of their own sexual needs.

Jane Langton, a Canadian adult-sex educator talks about the importance of masturbation. She normalises and validates self-pleasuring behaviour for women and also helps those who feel guilty, dirty or repressed to enjoy their sexuality.
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