2. High school students should learn about masturbation.
3. If I was a parent, I would talk to my kids about masturbation.
4. I would be upset if I caught my partner masturbating.
5. I would feel comfortable talking to a partner about masturbation
6. I would feel uncomfortable talking to my parents about masturbation
On the post-it notes found on your chair, write several words/phrases that people use for masturbation. (It’s OK to laugh!)
DJ-ing the Pants Party Jackin’ the BeanstalkDouble Clicking the Mouse
Were there more words for male masturbation or female masturbation? Does masturbation seem positive or negative based on the words? Why? Think about how you would define masturbation based on the words?
Definition: Masturbation is the touching and rubbing of one’s own genitals for pleasure.
A brief look into history"Masturbation--From Stigma to Sexual Health." White Paper. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 09/2002. Web. 12/1/ 2011. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/PPFA/masturbation_11-02.pdf
In 1532, King Charles V established the death penalty for masturbators, people who had sex with someone of the same sex, and users of contraceptives.
In 1716, Pierre Varenne, a priest, turnedphysician, published the book, the Heinous Sin of Self-Pollution, which combined religious and moralistarguments about masturbation with misinformed medicalnotions that masturbation caused disease & physicaldisfigurement.It also stated that the consequences of masturbationincluded painfully retractable foreskin, cutting off ofcirculation, persistenterection, infertility, impotence, gonorrhea, frequentnocturnal emissions, yeast infections, inability to holdsemen in the uterus, and malformed offspring. (Stolberg, 2000, 40-42).
In 1760, Samuel Tissot, a physician and professor, wrote of his treatment of terror to scare people not to masturbate and it was still published in the 20th century. He described people with post-masturbatory disease as having:-pale and watery blood will drip out of the nose-Continuous drooling of the mouth-Attacks of diarrhea-A constant flow of semen-Eyes that will be sticky with blurred vision-Tuberculosis, Syphilis, respiration problems, Epilepsy-Mental disorders, loss of memory and sudden death
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, cures for masturbators included concocted food products and diets designed specifically to decrease sexual drive. Reverend Sylvester Graham designed a diet of whole grains and vegetables to help decrease sexual desire.(Rowan, 1000, 118).
In 1888, Dr. J.H. Kellogg, cautioned people that masturbation was the most dangerous of sexual behaviors. According to him, one of the causes of masturbation was eating exciting and irritating foods. He recommended curing masturbation in children by serving cold instead of hot cereals for breakfast,bandaging their genitals, and tying theirhands to the bedposts at night.(Michael, et al., 1994, 161).
Straightjackets, or wrappings of cold, wet sheets while sleeping Applying leeches onto the genitals to remove blood and desire Burning genital tissue with electric current and hot irons Genital contraptions included a genital cage and a device that sounded an alarm if a boy had an erection. Metal mittens for covering hands and rings of metal spikes meant to stab the penis if erect, as well as metal vulva guards were used.(Michaels, et al, 1994, 161).
In the late 19th century, US doctors advocated and performed male circumcision to prevent masturbation. The American tradition of circumcision is based on the fear of sexual arousal from the stimulation a boy may feel from cleaning his uncircumcised penis.(Bullough and Bullough, 1995, 77-78; Harrison, 2002, 303).
Arousal and orgasm from masturbation may: Reduce stress, release tension, improve sleep Provide sexual pleasuring and intimacy before partners are ready for vaginal, oral, or anal sex. It can also provide a sexual outlet for people without partners, including the elderly Can reduce the risk of STIs and unintended pregnancies. It can help people learn how they like to be touched and stimulated sexually Relieve menstrual cramps and muscle tension
Masturbation can be harmful if:-You masturbate with something that isn’t clean because infections can develop. Always wash your hands before and after.-If someone is too rough on their sexual organs, it can cause irritations.-If someone masturbates so often that it frequently interferes with a person’s daily life—like missing school, work, and fulfilling obligations and responsibilities, then it becomes a problem.
Discuss it! Learn about it/teach about it! Make it part of the abstinence lesson in health, add it to a History lesson, include anatomy in the Science class, go over statistics in Math, analyze lyrics to a masturbation song in English… Explain where/when it’s appropriate Use humor—It’s alright to laugh and be silly Take out the shame and guilt
Create a sense of well-being Increases self-esteem and improves body image When someone is comfortable with their sexuality and their bodies, this self-respect can increase the chances that they will use protection when they decide to be sexually active. Helps you know what you want and what you don’t want By increasing our sexual preferences, capabilities and personal boundaries, it may equip us to make better choices for ourselves.