History of Masturbation Month

Masturbation is great, and the fact there is a whole month dedicated to celebrating it is even better, but have you ever wondered how this event came to be? 


Despite the clear evidence of masturbation tracing back to the early caveman, the celebration of Masturbation is a fairly new concept. Masturbation month was first acknowledged in 1994 with a little help from the US Surgeon General at the time, Dr. Joycelyn Edlers. Dr. Joycelyn Edlers was a huge advocate of masturbation, human sexuality, and sex education, which drew massive criticism at the time as she was labeled “too progressive,” which eventually led to her dismissal as Surgeon General. 


As a response to her termination, in 1995, Good Vibrations declared May, ”National Masturbation Month” which has now blossomed into International Masturbation Month. 


A representative from Good Vibrations writes, “We started National Masturbation Month – now International Masturbation Month with people celebrating across the globe! – to raise awareness and to highlight the importance of masturbation for nearly everyone: it’s safe, it’s healthy, it’s free, it’s pleasurable and it helps people get to know their bodies and their sexual responses. Of all the kinds of sex people can have, masturbation is the most universal and important, yet few people talk about it freely – worse, many people still feel it is “second best” or problematic in some way. Masturbation Month lets us emphasize how great it is: it’s natural, common and fun!”




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