Publish 16 November 2021
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Do You Masturbate?
Forgive such a personal question. It is not meant to be salacious. Your mental response, either way, is private. Long considered a deviant practice of pubescent boys, you may now recognize masturbation as a mainstream norm. You might be surprised by the statistics and consequences if you login. It is not limited by gender or adolescence. Very adult men have been caught with their pants down—on camera. 
More than a century ago, the medical and psychiatric communities sought to expunge what the clergy could not. From the late 1700s through the mid 1800s, the doctors perpetuated the notion that masturbation was a heinous sin causing mental illness. The precept was fed by a large number of patients openly masturbating within insane asylums. 
Clitoridectomy was a remedy to female masturbation for several years in the 1860s. During the late 1800s, treatment fell from favor as investigations in psychiatry and sexology made it clear the practice was nearly universal. 
Though not limited to males, the gender with the most testosterone practices with greater frequency. There is a difference between a male nocturnal (seminal) emission and masturbation. The former occurs during a dream. Masterbation requires conscious effort.
According to statistics by FiveThirtyEight, 7.9% of women between the ages of 25–29 masturbate two to three times a week.  By contrast, 23.4% of men in the same age group do. The Kinsey Institute study reveals more than half of American women ages 18–49 masturbate at least once every three months. 
There is no daily monitoring—though I wouldn’t rule it out as becoming a feature of Alexa, HomeKit, or fitness trackers in the future. For now, data pertains to focus-group respondents. If you ask for lifetime occurrence, expect statistics to rise over 75% across all genders.
We cannot connect every aberrant behavior to the pandemic. But some spring into the spotlight as a result of it. Sheltering in place has brought about more casual business attire and some associated activities. Shoes, bras, and pants are walking away from virtual boardroom meetings.
Some viral exposure is accidental. You might want to blame it on being dressed only from the waist up.  A woman began disrobing to take a shower without realizing she was still connected to a virtual meeting. A partially dressed mom entered her bedroom where a preschooler had initiated a conference call with her boss.
Other people working from home schedule time for personal arousal between Zoom meetings.  Frequency of a practice makes it common, not normal. Many politicians and actors received treatment for sexual addiction, prior to the lockdowns. 
Consequences of Masturbation
Depending upon who you ask, masturbation is either good or bad. Sex therapists attempt to assuage negative emotions by normalizing the practice. They cite benefits like gaining familiarity of one’s erogenous zones with cardiovascular stimulation, endorphin release, and stress reduction.  You gain similar benefits from running around the block (without the climax).
Could heightening personal gratification nurture addiction or hedonism? The combination of three neural pathways create a powerful catalyst for masturbation addiction: 
- Arousal includes pleasure and intensity.
- Numbing produces a calming, relaxing, soothing, or sedative process.
- Fantasy focuses on escape through obsession, preoccupation, and ritualization.
Some people masturbate to the point of injury. The guilt they feel for lack of self-control may be identified as self-abuse. Masturbation addiction is not within the psychology reference DSM-5. Yet, obsession, paraphilia, depression, and emotional detachment may require counseling. 
If you enter a room and see your child masturbating, leave immediately. But what do you say later?
A focus on personal climax can interfere with romance during normal sexual relations. Some couples complain of mates who would rather practice onanism than coitus. Accompanying fantasies might also lead to promiscuousness and infidelity.
The multibillion-dollar sex industry exploits sex toys, magazines, books, movies, strip clubs, and prostitution. The goal of the industry is to remove the boundaries of societal morals. Sex items that brought censorship and proscription a few years ago now escape scrutiny.  Most people try to set personal limits on sexual depravity. But the promise of a better orgasm can be an enticing slippery slope to traverse.
Sex toys can end up in compromising positions. An Arizona woman got an active vibrator stuck within her bladder. Emergency room personnel routinely extract a long list of autoeroticism devices from vaginas and rectums. This includes dildos, fruits, vegetables, bottles, and sports equipment.  In one Swedish study, 40% of retained foreign rectal objects in a large Stockholm hospital requiring removal under anesthesia were sex toys. 
“By masturbating an hour after having sex with my mate, am I a sex addict? If I get caught, can I get fired for masturbating in my own office at work? My mate is angry that I prefer mutual masturbation. How do I develop a desire for coitus? Stains on my bedding and underwear reveal my frequent masturbation, jacking off, beating my meat, or self-arousal. Waiting for mother to bring it up. Curious about the difference between male and female orgasm, I discovered after masturbating that it is tastes similar. I became aroused while slow dancing with a girl. What happens if I climax? Is mutual masturbation common during heavy kissing with a girl? If so, how do I keep from climaxing in my pants? “If someone tickles her oyster more than statistics indicate, does it mean she has a medical problem or is she just extremely passionate? Regardless of statistics, at 24 years old, I am satisfied tickling my oyster, mostly in the tub and rarely in bed. My parents appeared to fall asleep during an R-rated movie night. Then my dad’s eyes glanced my way while I paddled my pink canoe. #shame Sharing a room with a sister, it is obvious when one of us is catching butterflies. Should we discuss it or keep acting like we don’t know?I rarely masturbate because I do not see the appeal of it. Maybe if a partner did it? I feel more comfortable reading about this than talking about it with others. Please publish more articles about masturbation. I am 20 years old. One morning I forgot a sex toy beneath my covers. When I returned, my mother had made my bed and the toy was beneath my pillow. #shame A date volunteered that he enjoys masturbating before asking if I did also. By saying yes, did I give him permission to masturbate me?” —Reader
Masturbation is a topic best discussed by parents with their prepubescent children—before it becomes a practice. Youths benefit from maintaining some innocence. Preserve intimate moments for a life partner to strengthen the marriage bond. Couples can then associate the orgasmic experience with someone they love, other than themselves. Adults who feel obsession with excessive self-pleasure may seek the direction of a licensed therapist or, if they have one, their mates.
Many people continue attending videoconferences sans pants. Some of them take intimate advantage of the occasion. Abstaining from autoeroticism might prevent accidental exposure of embarrassing devices or personal activities while teleconferencing.  Beware of emails offering remote technical support, cover your webcam lens when not in use, [14,15] and wear some pants around the house.
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