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White Pine, Tennesse: Why Do People Masturbate? The Most Popular Reasons For Solo Sex

Albert S. Johnson 1137 Berkshire Circle White Pine, TN 37890

Masturbation isn't always about sexual urges — a fact I had to explain to a friend who walked in on her husband masturbating, took it as a personal affront, and locked herself in the bathroom for hours to cry. Those who masturbate regularly, have less stress, stronger immune systems, sleep better and, honestly, I can't think of a more fantastic way to kill time when you're bored — and none of these reasons to masturbate are necessarily affiliated with sexual desire. If anything, they're more affiliated with the healthy positive effects masturbation has on us not just physically, but mentally and emotionally, too. A well-masturbated body makes for a very happy brain.

"Get your brain on board with masturbation and your body will thank you," Emily Morse, Doctor of Human Sexuality and host of the Sex With Emily podcast, tells Bustle. "Remember that arousal starts in your head and works its way down. If your mind is good and turned on, it won’t be long until the rest of your body follows suit. To get that big sexy brain on board, start exploring your fantasies and finding new mental triggers that can fuel your self-love sessions."

A lot of people masturbate. Actually, almost everyone masturbates. According to a new survey by Tenga of 1,200 Americans, 95 percent of men and 81 percent of women have masturbated in their lifetime. As for how often people are masturbating, the survey found that men do it, on average, 15 times a month, while women do it eight times a month... I did it almost eight times before work today, but I digress. But why people masturbate is another story entirely.

Tenga asked those 1,200 Americans the reasons behind their masturbation practices. And while sexual pleasure was, naturally, on the list, it's definitely not the only reason people indulge in the ever-popular practice of self-love.

1 To Relieve Sexual Tension

According to the survey, 59 percent of respondents masturbate to relieve sexual tension. Which, at least in my humble opinion, defeats the positive impact on one's sex life that sexual tension can offer. Sexual tension, if allowed to build, can actually create even better sex. Just a bit of food for thought right there.

2 For Sexual Pleasure

Well, of course this is on the list because, well, of course. The survey found that for 56 people, sexual pleasure is the top reason they masturbate. I mean it is, after all, linked to sex, so it makes sense that it's going to pop on the list at some point.

3 For Relaxation And Stress Relief

Of those surveyed, 54 percent masturbate to decrease stress and relax. Between the endorphins that are released during masturbation, the lowered blood pressure it can produce, and release of stress-related tension, turning to masturbation as a healthy — and natural — way to take a load of, so speak, is great option. And a far healthier habit than reaching for a bourbon, at least in the long run.

4 To Sleep Better

I can attest to the fact that masturbating before bed is far more efficient (and fun) than any sleeping pill I've ever taken, and as someone who struggles to fall asleep and stay asleep, my doctors have prescribed a lot of sleeping aids to try. But, time and time again, it's masturbation that wins and 26 percent of those surveyed know this, because this is why they masturbate. Again, we have the releasing of those endorphins that will knock you right out, helping you sleep like a baby.

Millennials Do It To Improve Their Performance

For 13 percent of Americans, they masturbate to improve their sexual performance. When broken down by generation, 18 percent of millennials masturbate for this reason, while 13 percent of gen-Xers and seven percent of baby boomers report the same.

Masturbation improves sexual performance in a few ways. For starters, it strengthens the pelvic floor, leading to not just the frequency of orgasms, but the intensity of them, too. Secondly, masturbation teaches you what you like, what you don't like, and what techniques work for you. The more you know about your body, the more satisfying your sex life with someone else will be. Thirdly, regular masturbation keeps you feeling sexual, which adds to your desire... and the more you desire and crave sex, the better your sexual performance will be and your sex life will reap the benefits.

People Who Try Mutual Masturbation Love It

If you haven't tried mutual masturbation, it's time. Mutual masturbation isn't just a fun way to get a sex session off on the right foot, but when you masturbate in front of your partner, you're giving them a very personal, one-on-one lesson in what you like, and, in doing so, it makes you more comfortable with your body.

Of the 1,200 people surveyed, 95 percent of them who have masturbated in front of a partner describe the experience as "good," "very good," or downright "excellent."

Some Find It More Pleasurable Than Sex With A Partner

As much as I love sex, sometimes I prefer masturbation. I can get in, get out, don't have to cater to someone else's need, and masturbation, in regards to orgasms, is always a sure thing. That being said, for 21 percent of men and 30 percent of women, the reason they masturbate is because they prefer it — and there's nothing wrong with that. No one knows your body like you do, so it's up to you what feels best at any given moment.

Of course these are just a few reasons reasons why people masturbate. I'm surprised as to why the stats on how many people do it out of boredom isn't on there, because according to We-Vibe's 2015 Masturbation Report, 26 percent of people jerk off when they're bored. These are my kind of people.

But no matter the reasons why you're masturbating, what matters most is that you are masturbating. There are no downsides to solo sex, so you really have no reason not to do it — and I can't stress enough just how beneficial it really is.

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Santa Monica, California: Facts and Myths About Masturbation

Wilbur J. Ridenour 4674 Doctors Drive Santa Monica, CA 90401

We all do it.

The most private aspect of sex is what we do with ourselves when we’re alone. Many people feel vaguely ashamed of the act of masturbation. Perhaps they received criticism in childhood from their parents for exploring their bodies, sending the message that they should never masturbate, or at the very least, should feel guilty about doing so.

In reality, though, masturbation is normal, at all stages of life. Children use masturbation for pleasure and to self-soothe with little connotation about sexuality. In puberty, masturbation fantasies start to revolve about mutual sexual give and take, motivating adolescents to weather the fears, risks, and necessary losses about leaving home so they can find their own satisfying relationship. In adulthood, masturbation can become a more complicated issue in our families and relationships. How should we respond if we discover our children doing it? Should it be something we give up when we are fully sexually active?

Here are some common facts and myths about it:

1) “If you masturbate it means your marriage isn’t satisfying.” – MYTH

Katie had just discovered that her husband Brian was masturbating in the shower. He told her that he did it most mornings and she was shocked. Mostly, she worried that he might be doing it because he didn’t think she was sexy enough or sexual enough. He reassured her that it was not about her – he did it because it felt good, because it was quick, because he liked to start his day that way. “Nope, I’m not disappointed in you and I actually see this as a completely separate act than our shared love-making.”

2) “It’s the fastest way to orgasm.” – FACT

Women tell me repeatedly that they can climax in two minutes by themselves but take 45 minutes with their partners. Masturbation is usually prompted by a desire for sexual sensation. Coupled sex might be initiated by the other partner, and though a person might begin a sexual encounter willing to have sex, they may not necessarily want sexual release. Also, a partner may not touch a specific spot accurately, apply pressure correctly, or find the rhythm that will prompt an orgasm. A demonstration might help women learn pressure and rhythm for their male partners too.

3) “If you have an adult relationship, you shouldn’t need masturbation.” — MYTH

Most people masturbate throughout their lives. We have sonograms of babies doing it in the womb and reports of people doing it into old age. Once we are mature or have gone through puberty, we understand the power of sharing our sexual feelings with another. But there are reasons and times a person may want a private moment of sensation – not necessarily a sexual exchange. Maybe they need a little stress relief. Occasionally, people use it to manage differences with their partner in sexual drive. Sometimes, they do it simply because it feels good.

4) “It teaches you about your body.” – FACT

Most boys masturbate and begin to climax once they hit puberty, after their first wet dreams. About 75 percent of little girls learn to have orgasms through masturbation. For women who have trouble reaching orgasm during intercourse, sex therapists might recommend self-discovery as a route to orgasm without the pressure of pleasing a partner (unless the client has a moral objection to masturbation).

5) “You will prefer it to partnered sex.” – FACT and MYTH

Doubtful. Mostly, people say that while masturbation is genitally satisfying, it doesn’t give them the deep sense of completion and connection that coupled sex brings. Sometimes, though, partnered sex is disappointing, and people retreat back into a solitary sex life often using pornography as stimulation. If a partner is withholding or sexual differences cause distress and separates the partners, sex therapy or couples counseling is a helpful route to bring happiness and connection back.

A girlfriend of mine was struggling to have an orgasm 10 years into the marriage. I gave her a vibrator for Christmas. Her husband called me and wasn't happy, "Thanks a lot Laurie. Now she has a fine relationship with her vibrator." I told him to give it time and to trust me. After several months she gained confidence in her body and my buddy called me to thank me and said sex was more erotic than it had ever been.

6) “Children who do it are at risk for being sexualized early.” — MYTH

All children self-stimulate. They explore their bodies through sensation. Touching some places brings delight and other places hurt or discomfort. Children need to be taught that masturbation is a private act, is best when used alone in their own bedrooms, and that their bodies are supposed to feel good. Research shows that age-appropriate education from an informed parent about the body and its sexual function actually results in less sexual promiscuity or risk-taking in adolescence. Excessive masturbation in young children might need consideration to see if the child is anxious, neglected, or stressed.

Masturbation usually begins in childhood and is often a part of an adult’s life even if they have a good and satisfying sexual relationship with a partner. While it may feel shameful to admit, everybody does it at some (most) point(s) in their lives and it is a natural part of being a sexual being.

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Albany, New York: Masturbation Can Lead To Physical Weakness - Myth Or Fact?

Charlie J. Corley 4551 Oak Drive Albany, NY 12207

Masturbation is normal and natural human behaviour and there is nothing dirty, impure or sinful about it. Males and females, both are prone to masturbating.

Masturbation is self-induced sexual excitement. To begin with, quit all wrong ideas about it. Where people consider it sinful to perform such sexual acts due to religion or culture, talking or discussing about masturbation becomes difficult. And this is not just with the not-so-educated lot, a good chunk of highly educated people also think twice before mentioning this word in public. Sadly, due to this people fail to speak up and talk about their queries related to masturbation. Teachers and elder tend to dodge questions related to it.

So, the first thing to do before proceeding here is to understand that masturbation is normal and natural human behaviour and there is nothing dirty, impure or sinful about it. Males and females, both are prone to masturbating.

Firstly, let’s identify the myths and facts related to masturbation.

1. Masturbation is bad

There is nothing wrong, bad or sinful about it. It is believed that masturbation is a sinful act which distracts you from your purpose in life and shifts your focus to sexual activities more. After the onset of puberty, the brain secretes sexual hormones which reach a limit in the body. After that, the mind triggers a series of reactions for its utilization one of which is masturbation.

2. Masturbation is only for men

No, women masturbate too. Women reach sexual maturity before men. Also, the expression of sexual hormones is controlled by the same mind and body mechanisms in both men and women.

3. Masturbation is only for frustrated people

Like people practice mentally for their performance at work or school or college, masturbation is a sexual healing aspect where you try to improve all aspects of your sex life.

4. Your body has limited amount of semen, masturbating will make you lose it A man’s testicles tend to produce semen after 24 hours of puberty till his reproductive hormones are healthy. Semen is produced at a slow rate and, it can take up to 48 hours for a satisfactory ejaculate. But yes, too much masturbation may decrease semen in quantity.

5. Masturbation can harm sexual organs If exercised in a safe manner, it will enhance the development of your sexual organs. But external aids and rough practice may harm your sexual organs.

6. Masturbation leads to psychological problems

If it is seen as a negative process, you can face fear of what this may do to your body, mind and organs. Too many thoughts about what it can do to you can harm you emotionally and psychologically.

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Jackson Center, Ohio: Optimal sex and Torture

Micheal P. Simpson 1944 Harter Street Jackson Center, OH 45334

Optimal sex up to an advanced age, and if necessary, aided by vascular and neurotropic agents like Pfizer’s Blue, yohimbine, dopaminergics, or testosterone enhancers like tongkat ali and butea superba, very much is a concern of modern civilisation. In medieval and ancient times, people were quite content if they were not tortured to death (never mind the optimal sex, thank you). An amazingly high number of people in medieval and ancient times (let's avoid designating them as ancient civilizations) were brutally tortured to death, often for the entertainment of onlookers. This included all mentally ill, and all enemies of rulers or ruling elites. Public torture is an extremely effective political tool. Not for the extraction of confessions, though. But torture one poor victim cruelly to death, and every onlooker will get the message: do not challenge authority!

History's Creative Torture Devices (YouTube 3:08)

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Rowland, Pennsylvania: High Country Crime: Man arrested after report of masturbation in Miller Ranch Open Space in Edwards, sheriff’s office says

Jacob A. Taylor 1361 Coal Road Rowland, PA 18457

A man suspected of masturbating in the Miller Ranch Open Space area in Edwards last week was arrested by the Eagle County Sheriff's Office on Friday, Sept. 15. Deputies are asking anyone who witnessed suspicious or similar activity in that area to contact investigators.

According to a news release from the sheriff's office, the unidentified man was linked to a similar incident in the same location the previous day. The Miller Ranch Open Space area is along the Eagle River east of Miller Ranch Road and is popular with hikers, anglers and others seeking outdoor recreation. The open space is near several schools, including June Creek Elementary School, Berry Creek Middle School, Eagle County Charter Academy and Red Canyon High School.

The sheriff's office says it's not releasing the suspect's name or photo until other potential victims have a chance to come forward.

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Grand Rapids, Mississippi: Androgenic activity of the Thai traditional male potency herb, Butea superba Roxb., in female rats.

Larry J. Granberry 4728 Kimberly Way Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Aim of the study

Butea superba Roxb. (Leguminosae) is a well-known Thai male potency herb with androgenic and anti-estrogenic activities. We evaluated whether oral administration of Butea superba has an androgenic or anti-estrogenic activity in female rats.

Materials and methods

Normal and ovariectomized adult female rats were each subdivided into five groups, DW, BS-10, BS-50, BS-250 and TP, and gavaged with 0, 10, 50 and 250 mg/kg BW/day of the crude of Butea superba and subcutaneously injected with 6 mg/kg BW/day of testosterone propionate (TP), respectively, during the treatment period.

Results

In intact rats, only BS-250 increased the uterine thickness and the number of uterine glands, and could induce a prolonged diestrous phase. In ovariectomized rats, treatment with BS-50 as well as BS-250 increased the uterine thickness and the number of uterine glands. However, serum luteinizing hormone (LH) levels were also increased. TP reduced serum follicle stimulating hormone and LH levels with the appearance of anestrous cycle, and could significantly increase the relative uterine weight and thickness and the number of uterine glands in both intact and ovariectomized rats.

Conclusions

Orally administered Butea superba tubers have an androgenic effect on the reproductive organs of intact and ovariectomized rats, and exhibit anti-estrogenic activity on LH secretion in ovariectomized rats.

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Bakersfield, California: Martin Luther Condemns Masturbation (“Secret Sin”)

Ronald L. Gent 1365 Atha Drive Bakersfield, CA 93311

The fashionable zeitgeist now present in Protestantism (especially, but not exclusively, of the liberal variety), is to increasingly sanction divorce, cohabitation, homosexual acts, abortion, contraception, and masturbation. The latter was surprisingly condoned even by the usually traditional moralist and family advocate Dr. James Dobson, and, with extraordinarily ridiculous and scandalous argumentation, by anti-Catholic Reformed apologist Steve Hays, who wrote (almost as if he were a thoroughly secularized regular columnist for Planned Parenthood):

I don’t think that Christians should go around guilt-ridden if they engage in this practice. On the face of it, this seems like a natural sexual safety value for single men—especially younger men in their sexual prime. Like learning how to walk or perform other athletic activities, this form of sexual experience and physical experimentation may train an unmarried young man in attaining some degree of mental and muscular control so that he is not a total novice on his wedding night. . . . I can’t say absolutely if it is right or wrong, but I tend to deem it permissible under some circumstances. (“Too hot to handle – 2”, 7-15-04)

Martin Luther, the founder of Protestantism, on the other hand, opposed the practice. He referred to it (so it seems fairly clear in context, I think) as a “secret sin”:

From: The Estate of Marriage (1522); translated by Walther I. Brandt; pp. 17-49 in Luther’s Works, Volume 45 (Philadelphia: Muhlenberg Press, 1962):

Therefore, just as God does not command anyone to be a man or a woman but creates them the way they have to be, so he does not command them to multiply but creates them so that they have to multiply. And wherever men try to resist this, it remains irresistible nonetheless and goes its way through fornication, adultery, and secret sins, for this is a matter of nature and not choice. (p. 18) [T]he devil has contrived to have so much shouted and written in the world against the institution of marriage, to frighten men away from this godly life and entangle them in a web of fornication and secret sins. (p. 37)

It is certainly a fact that he who refuses to marry must fall into immorality. . . . For if special grace does not exempt a person, his nature must and will compel him to produce seed and to multiply. If this does not occur in marriage, how else can it occur except in fornication or secret sins? ___

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