This is National Masturbation Month. If you didn’t know this, you’re not alone. The annual observance is not high profile.
So how does a hush-hush subject like masturbation get a month of its own?
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. She answered, “I think it is something that is part of human sexuality and a part of something that perhaps should be taught.”
That was the end of the first black Surgeon General’s Washington career, but the beginning of National Masturbation Month. Recent studies have shown that masturbation is not only fun, it’s good for you too.
In addition to masturbation being a light form of exercise, some of the boons include:
• Strengthens the immune system and increases resistance to yeast infections
• Helps to alleviate pre-menstrual tension and cramps
• Relieves chronic back pain
• Helps you combat stress
• Improves your mood by releasing endorphins
• Helps to combat insomnia
• It’s the safest kind of sex going
So, toss aside your inhibitions and spend some quality time with yourself this May. It could be one of the best things you can do for yourself.