Masturbation Myths

Masturbation month was started in May 1995 it was sparked by comments by the current Surgeon General Dr. Jocelyn Elder. Elder answered a question at a World AIDS Day event in New York City regarding including masturbation as an part of the sex education curriculum in high schools. Elder was promptly fired by then president Bill Clinton. Joni Blank, a leading sex educator and entrepreneur got together with like minded sex-positive individuals and sex stores, and created Masturbation Month. Masturbation month is not recognized as a natural holiday and some have said that it is just a another 'Hallmark' commercialized ploy to make consumers spend more money. Our response to that is orgasms are free and they are one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Every day is a great day to enjoy your self. So take time out of your day or every day this month and “celebrate me!”

For years there has been many negative myths concerning masturbation. If you are a casual self cultivator or dedicated self loving machine you know already that these myths are exactly that.

  • Causes Acne
  • No one really masturbates – some stats say 95% of men and 70% of women enjoy themselves
  • Only perverts masturbate
  • Only guys masturbate
  • Only Homosexuals masturbate
  • You'll get hairy palms
  • Hair loss
  • Chronic Fatigue – some find it energizing and a wonderful stress release.
  • You'll go blind
  • Causes penis to stop growing
  • Causes penis/testicles to shrink
  • Causes cancer
  • Run out of semen and become sterile
  • Only people who can't get any do it – It is yours to enjoy
  • A child who masturbates has been exposed to sexual information that isn't appropriate to their age – false
  • causes STD's – Safest form of pleasure is masturbation
  • Causes mental illness – well... we are all a little crazy? - NO FALSE
  • Will stunt your growth – no that is smoking
  • It's unclean – only if you want it to be
  • You will become addicted! - no... but may be using it to procrastinate.


One of the most common questions The Art of Loving staff hears is “Will I become addicted to my toy?” It is a common fear sometimes brought on by insecure lovers or peers sharing negative myths. No you will not become addicted to your toy. Variety is the spice of life and that is essential for a positive, healthy sex life with yourself or with your partner. In life people often take the shortest route to get to the end result. Especially when they may have had less generous lovers in the past. The goal becomes to have an orgasm as quickly as possible before your partner is unable or unwilling to participate in further play. If a certain position, type of stimulation or favorite routine is known to bring on an orgasm the quickest we tend to take that route. Let masturbation month serve you a wonderful reminder to add variety. Try new textures, vibrations, pressure, tickles and kisses. Your masturbation is creating the ultimate road map for your partner(s). Enjoy!