Much like October having an identity crisis over whether or not it’s National or International Kink Month, there seems to be some confusion over whether the masturbation awareness/celebration is to be on a national or international level for the month of May.
According to the creators of the day, though, Good Vibrations, it is International Masturbation Month.
So, just everybody should get their rubs on.
And here are some other facts about the special month from Good Vibes. Including ‘advanced techniques’ for penis-havers. Because we all know the guys have the basics down before they’re fifteen.
Oh Joy Sex Toy has the vulva-owners covered.
There’s also the HappyPlayTime app for vulva-owners to practice on or learn about their bodies. I’ll be reviewing the web-version on Sunday.
International Masturbation Month was started in response to the firing of Jocelyn Elders in 1995. She was the Surgeon General (the first female African American to hold the position) and she suggested masturbation be taught in schools as part of sex education. She was ultimately fired for this. And this was under Bill Clinton, who wasn’t exactly a prude in the sex department.
Here is an interesting and informative article about Jocelyn Elders (you’re about to love her a little).
According to Wikipedia, this whole lark started out as one day, May 7th, and it was International Masturbation Day. Eventually to be expanded to the entire month.
The 7th this year is a Saturday, so most people will not be working. Instead, you can be wanking. A woman got fired for so much as bringing up the subject. It’s your right. It’s your responsibility!
(Having posted about my own need to spend more time with myself, I suppose I should do my part…)