Self-satisfaction, almost as pleasant as sex, but lacking “outward” support - is a valid solution to many of humanity's problems. Beyond the no.1 quality of it (that of producing orgasms in the absence of a... real partner), masturbation rejuvenates, strengthens the immune system, balances mentally, opens the mind and reduces any annoyance at the stage of useless detail. For all this, it has not always enjoyed all due recognition. Yet on the contrary, some even attacked it, denigrated it, improperly imputing it to various dire consequences. Others have subtly ignored their existence. The wise men, however, received it with open arms whenever it was needned. And they were not few. Nor are they now! More specifically, 90% of the men on the planet and 65% of women (say that they) practice it regularly. What else would be worth knowing, interestingly enough, about this uncrowned queen of universal harmony?
1.-In certain societies in the past, love without a partner was considered a sign of mental and physical illness. It was also thought that self-stimulation affects erection. Due to the science, the world eventually understood (to its great majority), that the self-playfulness brings major benefits and poses no danger (neither personal, nor social), and whoever thinks the opposite has only to lose.
2.-It is also in the heritage of the past that those myths are to be found, according to which eroticism on its own creates addiction, leads to infertility, causes dementia, blindness or other illnesses that require hospitalization and the compassion of the close ones. Unfortunately, some communities still embrace such beliefs up to this date.
3.-Unlike the other common “vices” (drinking, smoking, gambling), the activity improperly called onania has no adverse effects, not even when it is exercised in a somewhat excessive manner. In addition, it improves prostate health, also decreasing the frequency and intensity of ladies’ cramps during the menstrual cycle. In other words ...it “takes the pain with the hand”. Literally speaking.
4.-Guilt is often the reason why people refrain from “shameful” touches. Despite the technological evolution, of the visits on the Moon and of the renunciation to idealizing monogamy, masturbation resists on the list of “scandalous” habits, to be despised (condemned) particularly in the eyes of conservatives who are probably afraid of falling into the “grip” of the habits in question. Or maybe they're just afraid of being suspected...
5.-When it comes to masturbation, there is no clear definition of the normal or abnormal “method”, there are no techniques considered “good” or “inappropriate”. Everyone sets the rules each, the way the body and the conscience urge one. With girls, surely the horoscope has a hard word to say. Among males, extreme aggression would be the only thing to avoid in moments of utmost reverie, since the performing of rigid movements can be detrimental to the urethra and to the skin of their so dear organ.
6.-Children themselves also masturbate. Between 3 and 6 years of age, they commit the act itself out of exploratory desires. In adolescence, they become already sexually motivated. This period is also relevant for intensifying the importance of the appetite (due to the strong fluctuations of hormones), a situation that future adults take full advantage of, improving the ways of getting pleasure. At the threshold of maturity, they are regarded as experts by that time.
7.-The elderly do not let themselves be beaten. The one who thinks he/she will be deprived of “manual” occupation upon retirement, is wrong. According to a survey in 2010, about 50% of single women and 12.2% of married women said they regularly spoil themselves indulging into pleasures as they know better (by themselves, naturally). In the case of gentlemen, the statistics are redundant.
8.-If it does not replace “ordinary” love relationships (i.e. those initiated between two or more people), and does not prevent the proper daily routine, self-stimulation plays a therapeutic role and reduces stress by releasing endorphins in the body. It is very true, excursions also relieve stress, visits to the museum or the Paris skyline at the top of the Eiffel Tower, have an identical effect. The difference, however, is that “touch” is absolutely free.
9.-Studies show that the young ladies who “take care of themselves” regularly, that is, at least twice a week, have an increased chance of advancing into their careers. No, it is not because they would caress themselves in front of the boss. In this way, the advancement may be even faster. The research aims at the effects of physical, intimate stimulation (and privately), the results revealing a significant increase in cerebral activity (activity related to the tested ones), towards the creation of/or of nonconformist manifestations.
10.-Not all past characters were standing against the lone ecstasy. The Roman citizens, for example, displayed a wide opening in relation to the subject in discussion. Figures dating back to the IV-th millennium B.C. show the ladies of the time (respectable, probably), masturbating with lust and without any trace of embarrassment. Is it true that we have evolved ever since to this day?
11.-It has long been considered, however, that the periodical “caressing” of manhood would help the poorly endowed to gain extra centimeters. The theory has lost its popularity, but gentlemen still continue to hope and... do a great job. After all, it's also necessary to have an aspiration-related motivation in the practice of the usual, isn’t it?
12.-Although self-love makes miracles, contributing to the realization of extremely interesting sensory discoveries about one's own person, under certain circumstances the other side of the coin is revealed (encountered): the practice immunizes individuals faced with women's charms, whereas to women it strengthens their conviction that they no longer need penises in their lives. Maybe only bearers are needed... to change their electric bulb or repair their sanitary installation (from time to time).