In addition to the joy that is International Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you), May also is National Masturbation Month. I'd like to make some sort of comment here about how excited I am by the idea of a month celebrating healthy, joyous self love, except I'm almost certain it would be taken as an excuse by a certain someone to make a bad joke. Let's simply say that a month of celebrating an intimate connection with yourself is a great idea.
The idea began in San Francisco in 1995, following the forced resignation of Dr. Joycelyn Elders as the U.S. Surgeon General. Dr. Elders referred to masturbation in a complimentary way, discussing it as an alternative to sex with another person, that would not involve the risk of contracting or spreading HIV. Dr. Elders made this suggestion during a speech as part of United National World AIDS Day in 1994.
Not only did she not condemn masturbation, Dr. Elders also said she thought it might be a good idea to teach young adults about it. That way, they can find the release of pleasure they seek without the danger of engaging in risky sexual activities. Which was, unsurprisingly, the end for Dr. Elders in public service.
It did, though, mark the start of National Masturbation Month. Which, as should be sadly obvious, is not a recognized holiday in the United States. The owners of the Good Vibrations sex toy and education store in San Francisco began extolling the good side of masturbation and the idea spread. Somewhat.
While National Masturbation Month has been around for a bit longer than 20 years, don't think you're out of the loop if you've not heard about it. For most people, the month-long celebration is not something they're going to hear much about.
Which shouldn't be all that surprising, considering how very close to taboo the discussion of masturbation is in most social circles in the United States. If it's talked about at all, masturbation mostly is considered the consolation prize for people who can't get a date with another person.
Masturbation isn't something solely for the lonely. It can provide a lovely way to spend an afternoon, an evening or even a spare fifteen minutes. After all, no one knows what makes you feel great better than you do. So why not put that knowledge to use?
Thanks to the fine folks at LELO, a company founded in Stockholm to sell beautiful and beautifully designed pleasure objects, I can point you to an interesting article about male masturbation. Not only is it informative, it also helps to reinforce the idea that masturbation is fun and good for you.
Go ahead and give it a read. I think you'll enjoy yourself.