Masturbation Month: Treat yourself to … yourself

Happy National Masturbation Month—or Maysturbation, as the sex toy industry so cleverly nicknamed it in 1995.



from – “We Never Masturbate Alone”

National Masturbation Month is coming to an end and I wanted to leave on a confusing note.Masturbation seems to me to be one of those parts of sex that everyone thinks is obvious. Even the vaguest of masturbation references gets a laugh because it seems to be a shared and shame filled part of everyone’s life. But masturbation is never one thing.

Sinful to some, salvation to others, it can be a form of political action, a spiritual practice, a casual distraction. Ask any two people about masturbation and you’ll get different answers. Of course, you should be careful who you ask, and make sure you know your insurance deductible before you do.

If there is a defining element of masturbation surely it must be that the action occurs one when one is alone. Isn’t that why so many of the euphemisms for masturbation involve only one hand?

from About.Com – National Masturbation Month Comes of Age

“It was back in 1995 when a group of political sex shops came together to do what they always did best: combine consciousness raising with politics with pleasure. National Masturbation Month (NMM), and the month’s main event the Masturbate-a-Thon were inspired in part as a response to the firing of Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders for daring to suggest that masturbation might be something that should be mentioned in school based sex education.” (Click for Complete Article)


Philly Masturbate-a-thon kicks off National Masturbation Month

The sex-forward-thinking gals at ScrewSmart and GALAEI’s Pleasure Rush! are buddying up to celebrate National Masturbation Month (aka May, aka most-relaxing month ever) with this fund drive that allows folks to gather sponsors who will pay them for every hour they spend [insert favorite masturbation euphemism here] from May 1-27. (Click for Complete Article)

“I masturbate…” A photographic exhibition in celebration of National Masturbation Month- San Francisco

Save the Date! The opening reception is May 3rd 7-10pm. 
Copyright 2013 Shilo McCabe

“I masturbate…” 
A photographic exhibition in celebration of National Masturbation Month

Photography by Shilo McCabe
Opening Reception, Friday, May 3rd, 7pm-10pm
Center for Sex and Culture: 1349 Mission St., San Francisco
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