The History Of National Masturbation Month

May has cum, and so should you!

That’s right – May has been dedicated as the National Masturbation Month. (Yep, it deserves more than just a special day!)

If you didn’t know this, don’t worry – you’re not alone!

You may be wondering… how does such a hush-hush subject like masturbation get an entire month of its own?

Well, it started in 1995 in San Francisco as a response to the forced resignation of U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders. After a speech at the United Nations World AIDS Day in 1994, an audience member asked Elders about masturbation’s potential for discouraging early sexual activity and she answered,“I think it is something that is part of human sexuality and a part of something that perhaps should be taught.”

And just like that, that was the end of the first black Surgeon General’s Washington career, but the beginning of National Masturbation Month.

The founders of San Francisco based sex toy and education shop, Good Vibrations, demanded that, “Enough is enough!”

They wanted to do two things:

  1. create conversation and awareness about Joycelyn’s unjust firing
  2. make people talk about masturbation

Since masturbation is NOT talked about, Good Vibrations decided to increase awareness and reassurance that masturbation is indeed commonplace, natural, pleasurable, and HEALTHY.

Here are some more dates that may be of interest to you:

  • May 6-10: Intimate Apparel Week
  • May 11: Stay Up All Night Day (for sex, right?)
  • May 15: Nylon Stockings Day

And some interesting facts about masturbation:

  • 34% of men talk about masturbating with their friends
  • 29% of women talk about masturbating with their friends
  • 45% of men started masturbating between the ages of 13-19
  • 20% of women didn’t start masturbating until their early 20’s
  • 40% of women prefer masturbating over sex
  • 40% of men admit to masturbating daily
  • 22% of women admit to masturbating daily
  • 70% of married individuals masturbated

There are also a load of health benefits from masturbating.

It not only releases stress and tension, it lowers your stress hormone (cortisol) which reduces weight gain, and it reduces the risk of cancer.

Masturbating releases a slew of feel-good neurochemicals like dopamine and oxytocin that lift your spirits, boost your satisfaction, and activate the reward circuits in your brain.

A brain scan of someone having an orgasm literally looks like a heroin addict’s brain. An orgasm is the biggest non-drug blast of dopamine available.

So go ahead – masturbate!

It should be a regular occurrence, just as brushing your teeth is a daily occurrence.