01/03/2017

SEX ED | in defense of masturbation

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even though it seems like we’re experiencing a sex revolution of sorts, what’s really being liberated is mostly “sex with someone”, and not “sex with oneself”. even today, masturbation is still being the topic one’s supposed to feel too awkward to discuss in any form, let alone openly praising it. although sex shops might be springing up on more and more places, sex toys are often marketed as helpers to improve the sex lives of paired, heterosexual individuals (a great part of my Bachelor thesis actually dealt with this phenomenon, and it actually is a practice many sex toy manufacturers openly admit and promote). another issue is the gender inequality in portrayal of masturbation – as you might have noticed, it is pretty common to talk about or even show male masturbation, yet female masturbation seems to be this weird, mystical ritual no one actually really does. the truth is women do masturbate (and non-binary people too, ofc. PEOPLE do masturbate, and that’s the end of it). women watch porn. i do all of it, often and proudly. i even talk about it with my parents, like seriously, they know what my favorite sex toy is, because why the fuck not? as Michel Foucault would say, this stigma around parents and children discussing sex is just a (quite new in fact – a couple of centuries old) social construct.

for me, sex and masturbation are completely different, even though they are, um, executed in the same areas and aim at the same thing. both are here to satisfy a specific need, yet both feel completely different. it’s a bit like eating – when you cook for yourself, you mostly focus on satisfying your hunger, and from time to time you like to try new recipes and treat yourself. you know what you like, and you usually go for that. it's about satisfying a certain need you would survive without. whereas having sex with someone else is more of an event, kind of like preparing a dinner or going to a nice restaurant. it's nice, but you can live without that, kinda (again, that's my own view of things). you’re still eating and enjoying it, but it’s the other factors that make it so special, and the whole setting makes it more of an experience. see where i’m heading? having sex with someone and masturbating might be the same at its core, but sex has all these added factors that differentiate it completely.

another thing is that through masturbation, detached from its “oh it’s pathetic and for losers only” stigma, it might be way easier for many people to test new things and push their boundaries. now i’m gonna get very specific and personal, so buckle up – not a long time ago i had my first experience with anal play and really liked it, but did not really enjoy straight up anal penetration. so i bought some toys and decided to test it myself, and figured i actually loved it, but needed some time to explore this part of my body and to get to know my own limits. to get back to my eating metaphor, sometimes you want to try new things but are afraid you might not like it or don’t want to spend a fortune on it in a restaurant, so you buy it in the store, google a recipe and test it on your own. and then you might realise you love that ingredient or that specific dish, and wanna try it more and perhaps with some other people and in a nice setting. and that’s like saying “hey, let’s try anal” with a partner (or partners). but also, who says you have to try anything with someone else if you satisfy yourself just fine? why have bad sex with someone who doesn’t even care that much (now i’m hinting at bad one-night-stands etc.) when you can have a great orgasm thanks to your own hand or one of the little lovely and helpful toys that are so easy to buy now? or, why pay for a shitty fast food meal when you can buy some nice ingredients and cook yourself a nice dinner?

by the way, here’s a concept related to that thought – what if i told you that “virginity” was just a very sexist social construct and that those with a hymen don’t actually need to have a penis shoved up their vaginas, but could use a sex toy to lose their imaginary holy virginity by themselves? wow, right? (and also, what if we took a bit more time to discuss the whole heterosexist nature of the concept of virginity which devalues any other forms of sexual experience? would you be up for that?)

anyway, before i get totally lost in metaphors and various related critical theories, let me get back to my main point. there is nothing wrong with masturbation, quite the opposite. masturbation has been proven to be incredibly helpful in improving one’s self esteem and body image, and, surprise surprise, as a way to prevent unwanted pregnancy and STDs (oh yeah, here’s another wild concept – masturbation can basically be a sexual act you do with, or—rather—in front of, someone). it’s a great way to explore one’s body and to figure out what you might like. it is by no means something to be ashamed of doing, and definitely not something “only losers” do. it is natural, normal, helpful, and in certain ways, educative. it’s self-care and self-love.

4 comments:

  1. thank you for these kind of posts and normalizing sex in general. i have a small addition tho. i never talk about this with anyone and still feel embarassed, but i feel really safe in here. so i just turned 21 and never slept with anyone (which doesn't really bother me), but what i feel really weird about is that i never really masturbated? i mean i get turned on by things, but i just don't know how to come or just how to masturbate in general. ugh i feel so weird. so my question is would you recommend maybe some czech eshops and maybe fav toys i could try? also it would be rad if the eshop did not write "SEX TOYS 4 U" all over the box lol :D
    and a lil tip - if you don't know hannah witton you should def check her channel on youtube! she talks a lot about sex and masturbation and recently started a series called "hormone diaries" which is super intersting.

    thanks anna Xx

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    1. first of all, thank you so much for this comment! i think it's amazing how open you are, which is exactly what we all should be striving for!! ❤️

      and now to the main question. as you're saying, not sleeping with anyone at ANY age isn't anything to be bothered about tbh. just take your time, and that applies to masturbation too. take it easy, try new things – you can research some tips or methods online too. i know it's hard, but try not to concentrate so much on having an orgasm, because that will only make you stress about it and thus make it harder for you to come, rather enjoy the fact that you're exploring your own body! basically just have fun with your own body and don't think about anything else.

      regarding Czech sex shops, i'm afraid i am not much of help as i've never actually bought any sex toy in CZ, only in DK and DE. btw usually you can choose a "fake" brand the package was sent from so it definitely won't have the word "sex" splattered all over the box, hehe. when it comes to fav toys, i always recommend trying a rabbit vibrator to sex toy novices, as you can use it for both vaginal and clitoral stimulation in many ways. a small bullet vibrator could be nice too. for your first toy, i'd probably go for something not so costly, yet not entirely shitty – remember that silicone is the safest material!

      let me know if u have any other questions, either here or in fb message!
      xxxxxxx

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  2. I've been following u since ever and this is one of your top post/article!
    I'd appreciate some brand recommendation for sex toys..
    Jitka

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    1. it's in the making! ❤️

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