Masturbation

Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of the genitals, usually to the point of orgasm. The stimulation can be performed using the hands, fingers, everyday objects, or dedicated sex toys. Mutual masturbation, masturbation with a partner, can be an alternative to sexual intercourse.

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 to sex in general and to masturbation in particular, and no causal relationship is known between masturbation and any form of mental or physical disorder. Acts of masturbation have been depicted in art worldwide since prehistory. While there was a period (from the late 18th to the early 20th century) when it was subject to medical censure and social conservatism, it is considered a normal part of healthy life today. It is commonly mentioned in popular music as well as on television, in films and in literature.

Animal masturbation has been observed in many species, both in the wild and in captivity.

Read more about Masturbation:  Etymology, Terminology, Techniques, Mutual Masturbation, Frequency, Age, and Sex, Evolutionary Utility, In History and Society, In Other Animal Species

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Masturbation/Archive 4 - In History and Society
... There are depictions of male masturbation in prehistoric rock paintings around the world ... However, in the ancient world depictions of male masturbation are far more common ... Sumer had a relaxed attitude toward sex, and masturbation was a popular technique for enhancing potency, either alone or with a partner ...
Masturbation/Archive 4
... Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of the genitals, usually to the point of orgasm ... Mutual masturbation, masturbation with a partner, can be an alternative to sexual intercourse ... Studies have found that masturbation is frequent in humans of both sexes and all ages, although there is variation ...
Masturbation - In Other Animal Species
... Masturbatory behavior has been documented in a very wide range of species ... Individuals of some species have been known to create tools for masturbation purposes ...
Samuel-Auguste Tissot
... He wrote on the diseases of the poor, on masturbation, on the diseases of the men of letters and of rich people, and nervous diseases ... medical treatise on the purported ill-effects of masturbation ... and echoed by luminaries such as Kant and Voltaire — arguably turned the perception of masturbation in Western medicine over the next two centuries into that of a debilitating illness ...

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