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As depicted in Salvador Dali’s “The Great Masturbator”, masturbation is a fascinating and complex topic that affects each of us differently. Despite almost universal agreement by medical doctors that masturbation is a normal, safe, and common practice, masturbation continues to be associated with embarrassment, shame, and guilt, primarily due to societal perceptions of the act. Yet masturbation is a common and natural function that is practiced by individuals of all sexual orientations, genders, and ages.
Masturbation is defined as sexual self-pleasuring that involves self-stimulation. According to recent studies, 97% of men and 83% of women have masturbated at some point in their lives. That is an increase from the 1950s Kinsey Report, which reported that 92% of men and 58% of women have masturbated.Although masturbation is statistically quite prevalent, it is still viewed by society as a taboo subject.
Even in the new millennium, masturbation continues to be one of the least talked about, least studied, and least understood of all sexual behaviors. For this reason, we at AfraidToAsk.com, find it important to present the straightforward facts and fictions about masturbation.