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Five things I learned about wanking during Masturbation Month 2018

One of the most fun things about Masturbation Month (apart from all the wanking, of course), is that all the sex-related sites that I follow start writing great articles about masturbation. The benefits of it, how many of us do it, tips on techniques, and lots more stuff. So I thought I’d round up a few of the cool things I learned about wanking during this year’s Masturbation Month. Some are funny, some intriguing, and one will mean you never look at corn flakes in quite the same way again…

Before I begin I’m just going to give you a quick nudge in the direction of the latest SexToys.co.uk bargain sale: because you might want to treat yourself to a brand new sex toy or two to celebrate Masturbation Month in style. Right now if you use the code SAVE30, you’ll get 30% off absolutely everything on the site – that includes bestselling toys and even toys that are already in the sale!

91% of millennials masturbate

According to a survey from a US-based condom brand, 91% of millennials masturbate. They also handily explain what they think counts as a millennial – people aged between 19 and 36 – thus finally giving me an answer of whether or not I count as a millennial (I do, but only just!). Not only did they find that the vast majority of millennials masturbate, they delved into the detail and learned a couple of other juicy things too:

“Within that camp, the gender gap was slim, with 96 percent of people who identified as men and 86 percent of people who identified as women engaging in solo sex.

Most of those surveyed masturbated on a weekly basis, but some intrepid souls set aside some “me” time every single day: 38 percent of the man group and 14 percent of the woman group, to be exact.”

Are you surprised by this figure? Personally I’d fall into the ‘masturbate every day’ camp, but then I do have the advantage of predominantly working from home, where it’s possible to have a wank on your morning coffee break without a bunch of colleagues getting confused as to why one of the toilet cubicles has been making buzzing sounds for the last five minutes.

Clitoral masturbation is sometimes called ‘double-clicking’

According to this highlight article on euphemisms for wanking, courtesy of Mashable. If you don’t like the phrase ‘double-clicking’ though, there are plenty more to choose from including ‘badgering the witness’, ‘downstairs DJ’ and ‘freelancing.’ OK, I made that last one up. But if we all start using it maybe it will catch on?

Masturbation Month began when Bill Clinton forced the surgeon general to resign

If you’ve ever wondered why we have masturbation month in the first place, this one’s for you: according to Kinkly, this all began back in the 90s when US Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders suggested that masturbation could be a good way to help young people avoid riskier kinds of sexual activity (and it is! As long as you’re using good sex toys and not making DIY versions of your own!).

Unfortunately, back then there was much more stigma surrounding masturbation, and then-President Bill Clinton forced Jocelyn Elders to resign. Unfair, right? Well, lots of people at the time thought so too…

“In 1995, sex toy retailer Good Vibrationskicked off what became a movement by declaring May 7th to be “National Masturbation Day.” Over the years, one day was deemed insufficient, and the celebration was expanded to include the entire month of May.”

Thanks Kinkly!

Masturbation helps prevent and relieve urinary tract infections

This was such an out-of-left-field fact, that I stumbled across in my research, that I had to dig a lot more in depth to work out if it was true. Apparently it is! If you have a vagina, masturbation can help to prevent (and relieve) urinary tract infections. According to The Independent:

“masturbation can help prevent cervical infections and urinary tract infections through the process of “tenting,” or the opening of the cervix that occurs as part of the arousal process. Tenting stretches the cervix, and thus the cervical mucous. This enables fluid circulation, allowing cervical fluids full of bacteria to be flushed out.”

John Harvey Kellogg (of corn flakes fame) really REALLY hated masturbation

Ever since the first human being touched their genitals and realised it felt good, there have always been people trying to tell us we shouldn’t. These days you’re more likely to hear anti-sex campaigners telling you masturbation is bad for your health (it’s not), but back in the 1940s some of the warnings were even more dire and specific. John Harvey Kellogg wasn’t just a creator of delicious breakfast cereals, he was also a vehement anti-wanking crusader, believing that masturbation could cause anything from cancer of the womb to outright death.

In reality, masturbation does no such thing: in fact it can have many positive benefits to your physical and mental health as well as your sex life. So feel free to masturbate as much as you like, either before or after you eat your cornflakes.

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