Today, religions vary in their views of masturbation; some view it as a spiritually detrimental practice, some see it as not spiritually detrimental, and others take a situational view.
The first National Masturbation Day was observed May 14, 1995, after sex-positive retailer Good Vibrations declared the day in honor of Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, who was fired in 1994 by President Bill Clinton for suggesting masturbation be part of the sex education curriculum for students.
In most cases, however, close examination may reveal a history of some of the symptoms listed previously.
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The mucous membranes (mouth, nose, ears, throat, genitals, and anus) are most susceptible to infection with HSV. Also susceptible are any areas that may be subject to abrasion, and warm, moist areas such as the upper thighs, underarms, hairline, lower back, perineum, scrotum, and buttocks – any areas when sweating is common.
Herpes is most easily passed through inoculation from active lesions.
No wonder, then, that masturbation is such a fascinating subject to us males: almost instant pleasure, available from our most prized asset, with no need of help from anyone else. One of the interesting questions about masturbation is why it has been seen as such a sin over the years.
It's almost certainly because of a religious influence, an attitude that basically suggested "spilling" one's seed for any reason other than reproduction was a crime against some higher power.
Studies have found that masturbation is frequent in humans of both sexes and all ages, although there is variation.
Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude toward sexual activity in general and to masturbation in particular.
Masturbation happens in every culture, across every period of history, and it's the way most adolescents discover what they enjoy before embarking on adult sexual relationships.
However, if it's becoming an obsession that inhibits other aspects of your life, or you belong to a religion or philosophy that forbids masturbation, then it's possible to curb the impulse, gather your self-discipline, and take control of your urges.