I am so glad I ran across this news! (I obviously have been living under a rock since I didn’t know this before. Whoops.)
From The Examiner: “Is May really National Masturbation Month?“
And, from the Huffington Post: “Masturbate-A-Thon 2013 in Philadelphia Celebrates National Masturbation Month“
From the Examiner piece, a brief explanation of the history:
“In case you were wondering, May is National Masturbation Month. The celebration of May as National Masturbation Month began in 1995 in San Francisco as a response to the forced resignation of then U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders.
After a speech at the United Nations World AIDS Day in 1994, an audience member asked Elders about masturbation’s potential for discouraging early sexual activity. She answered,“I think it is something that is part of human sexuality and a part of something that perhaps should be taught.”
That was the end of Elders’ career as America’s first black Surgeon General, but the spark for National Masturbation Month. Offended by Elders’ ouster, the ever progressive, pro-sex staff of San Francisco’s sex toy and education company Good Vibrations decided to find a way to keep the focus on Elders’ unjust firing, and to bring talk about masturbation into the mainstream in just the way Elders had envisioned.
Realizing that large number of folks lacked support and advice to help them enjoy the simple, basic act of masturbation, Good Vibrations sought to provide support, advice, and reassurance for people looking to open their own personal sexual horizons.
And so was born National Masturbation Month. Among the first steps Good Vibrations took was to promote masturbation as healthy, safe and natural way to express one’s sexuality, thereby removing much of the shame and stigma have so long colored the act masturbation.”
And, the entirety of the Huffington Post piece:
“This fundraiser is a stroke of genius.
Philadelphia’s first Masturbate-a-Thon began Wednesday — to mark this beginning of National Masturbation Month — but won’t finish until May 27, Philadelphia Magazine reports. And everyone’s excited.
Sponsors can donate money for every hour participators spend… being charitable.
Profits go to local sex education groups, ScrewSmart and Pleasure Rush!.
Fundraising efforts can be logged on Crowdrise.com. Through the event, the site hopes to ignite conversations that reduce the stigma around expressing sexuality, promote sexual health, and emphasize the importance of pleasure.
On May 30, the Thursday after the event ends, folks are invited to attend “Creamium” — a gameshow and dance party where prizes like “Most Creative Fantasy,” “Most Pleasure Connections,” and “Most Money Raised” will be handed out.
I love it.
Masturbation, for me, is an expression of self-love, -appreciation, -wonder, -amazement, and -gratitude. It is an important practice of my self care regimen.
My plans for self-pleasure this month include:
Bring myself to orgasm while taking a bath.
Use my suction cup dildo in the shower.
Set up in front of my closet mirror and watch myself come with my Hitachi.
Masturbate right before bed.
Masturbate right when waking up.
Find some porn I like and watch it while masturbating.
Take the time to read some hot erotica to turn myself on.
Masturbate in a semi-public place.
What are your masturbation plans?