Anyway, why am I telling you about my class? Good question. Well, last night we were discussing a wide range of topics and the subject of HIV, marital rape and masturbation came up. Even as adults, most of the class shied away from the topic of masturbation until my teacher said, “Come on, you guys’ attitude towards me just saying the word ‘masturbation’ exemplifies what society has taught you guys. Be afraid of your own body.” She went on to say that studies have shown that females are more likely to stay in a (unhealthy) relationship with the guy to whom she lost her virginity because she’s “sprung.” She claims that masturbation can be a good thing not only because the woman is sexually liberated, but she is less likely to stay in the relationship.
Some women will stay in an unhealthy relationship simply because the sex is amazing. If women encourage their daughters (and even sons) to masturbate before they lose their virginity, it will be less of a chance for her to get sprung later because she’ll realize that she can get herself to “that place” and she doesn’t need a man for that reason alone. While I’ve never been much of a masturbator, I don’t disagree. Last night was my first time ever hearing that and the argument makes lots of sense. Some women think that only a man has those magical powers to get her to orgasm, but that is untrue.
Masturbation isn’t only good for emotional reasons, but here are other reasons why it is healthy.
- Masturbation helps prevent cervical infections and helps relieve urinary tract infections.
- Masturbation is associated with improved cardiovascular health and lower risk of type-2 diabetes.
- Masturbation can help work against insomnia naturally, through hormonal and tension release.
- Orgasm increases pelvic floor strength.
- Improves our mood.
- Relieves stress.
- Strengthens our relationship with ourselves.
- Strengthens sexual relationship with partner.
The explanation of each benefit can be found at: Women to Women.
So it is safe to say that you can have great sex by yourself and get more in tuned with yourself at the same time. As the saying goes, you have to love yourself in order to love someone else. You must also be able to (or at least know how to) please yourself before pleasing someone else.
Do you agree?