Sex Related Myths - Masturbation  

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8/16/2005 6:31 am

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Sex Related Myths - Masturbation


Masturbation can cause a number of physical and mental problems like warts, palm hair, pimples, acne, and insanity:

Masturbation is a normal, healthy part of life that is not harmful physically or psychologically. In fact, in most cases it is beneficial. When it does become harmful, often those individuals have underlying mental problems that are unrelated to their sexual practices.

Masturbation is restricted almost exclusively to males:

A large proportion of females, as well as males, enjoy masturbation. Recent surveys indicate between 80-85% of females over 18 have masturbated and about 90-95% of males over 18 have masturbated.

People in relationships never or shouldn't masturbate:

Masturbation, in terms of everyday conversation with other people, is generally a taboo subject. Fortunately however, in the last couple decades this taboo status has been lightened somewhat. Self-pleasuring might be tolerated for young single males but, in many cultures and socialized groups, it is frowned upon for young girls, and not even considered for married people or older single people.

Yet, the vast majority of people DO masturbate. Recent data reveals that 90-95% of men and 80-85% of women between the ages of 18 and 39 admit they masturbate. This only considers those who have admitted masturbating. Remember the nature of the subject in question. Many cynics add "Yeah, and the other X% lie!" Another survey shows that 66% of men and 47% of women in their fifties masturbate on a regular basis.

While no firm statistics are available on married persons masturbating, the professional literature claims that most married men and women still do it for a variety of reasons; professionals consider it normal behavior for married people. It can serve to lessen tension; to decrease sexual demands on a lower sex desire partner; it can be added as an alternative to a couple's sexual repertoire; and it can relieve sexual tension if one's partner is unavailable. Masturbating can also give you a feeling of being in control of your own sexual satisfaction without having to always rely on your partner.

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