As Masturbation Month (also known as "MAY" to the common folk) winds down, I decided that one of the most appropriate ways to close it out was to give my beloved readers some personal recommendations on how to enhance their solo sex routines, that will hopefully tide them over for the 11 more boring months of the year.
OK, I'm being highly facetious. Every day is a great day to masturbate! And there's plenty of other sexy reasons to enjoy no-May months. I'm just going to be sad when it's no longer on the forefront of our mind. Because YAY WHACKING OFF!
For those of you who might be wondering, May was first declared as "National Masturbation Month" by sex-positive (and wildly badass) sexual pleasure retailer Good Vibrations in 1995. The declaration was a result of then Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders being forced to resign after advocating that masturbation be taught a component of healthy sexuality.
From a solely public health perspective (which was, you know - her job), masturbation provides multiple health benefits, without the vast majority of negative health risks associated with partnered sex (STI transmission and unintended pregnancy, just to name a couple).
So Good Vibrations - and lots of other rational, sex-positive folks - decided that one way to reduce the shame and stigma associated with masturbation - which has demonstrated zero scientific evidence of being harmful - was to amplify the conversation around self pleasure.
BE PROUD TO DIDDLE YOURSELF, MY FRIENDS!
Using toys for masturbation is by no means a necessity for most able-bodied people! Hands and fingers (and maybe even the occasional detachable shower head, particularly vibrate-y washing machine, or conveniently-shaped arm of your couch) can do really incredible things to our genitals. And shit, some of us have even learned how to breathe our way to orgasm!
But, toys can always provide a little variety. An option to try something new or different. Explore NEW ways to get yourself off that you might not have tried before. And hey! Those new ways might blow your previous ways out of the water.