It’s no secret that we live in a day and age of over-sexualization. It seems like everywhere we turn, sex is there. Whether it’s on TV, the internet, or in everyday conversations — you can’t escape it. In truth, it’s such a big part of who we are. No longer is sexual intercourse just a way of reproducing and having offspring. It’s also about enjoying our bodies and life in general.
Unfortunately, not everyone sees sex as something fun and harmless. Different cultures and religions see it in different ways. And sure enough, that’s completely understandable. But sometimes, these cultural and social views become harmful stigmas that serve to enslave basic human needs.
Hence, our article aims to debunk myths and taboos that revolve around masturbation and sexual intercourse. We’ll talk about religious beliefs, health issues, and other essential questions surrounding what we do with our bodies. So, hold tight and brace yourselves because it’s going to be one heck of a ride.
Is Masturbation a Sin?
No matter what’s your cultural or religious background, it appears that you have some sort of unease when it comes to sex and masturbation. From East to West, pleasuring yourself is always seen as something shameful. And in most cases, religious people consider it a sin. Unfortunately, male and female masturbation don’t always come under the same amount of scrutiny and bashing.
Namely, most religions see sex as a way of procreation. It’s a dirty act that only comes into play once you’re married and ready to have kids. Hence, the sole notion of someone replicating a sexual act while alone and without an end product (offspring) is a dirty deed. It’s an immoral, devilish, and lustful act that serves to provide you with cheap sensations.
However, if you think about it, it’s just a way of relieving yourself from stress and exploring who you are. You don’t have to be an atheist to understand that masturbation is a basic human need. In short, spanking your salami or rubbing your clit is as normal as eating food when you’re hungry. There’s nothing shameful or disgusting about it as long as you do it in the privacy of your home.
What Does the Bible Say About It?
Since Western countries are dominantly Christian, it’s only fair we talk about what the Bible says about self-pleasure. But to spare you tons of unimportant stuff, we’ll briefly cut to the point. The Bible doesn’t even mention masturbation. Sure, it talks and preaches about sex, but there’s no talk of pleasing yourself while alone.
Like we’ve already mentioned, sex and Christianity come into play only when it’s time to reproduce. After marriage, men and women are to have children, so humans can populate the whole world that God gave them. Indulging in sex for mere pleasure is perverse and serves the devil. But hey, the Bible says lots of things most people interpret in their ways, so who’s to say what’s right or wrong?
So if you’re thinking about being a good Christian and a human being overall, you should think about avoiding adultery, rape, or any other actual harmful act. Having fun with your body every so often is nothing bad. It’s a normal thing every human being tries at some point, and it makes us who we are.
So how do you avoid infidelity and adultery? Read this article.
Benefits of Masturbation
Apart from making us who we are, both female and male masturbation play a huge role in our sexual health. It’s not just about the fact that it feels good, it’s about improving our immune system and avoiding the risk of prostate cancer in men. Therefore, we’ll break it down nice and easy, so you get all the important info one at a time.
No matter if you’re talking about guys or girls, masturbation is good for both genders. But hey, ladies first. In case you didn’t know, the first dildos and vibrators were medical gadgets Victorian doctors used for “curing” female hysteria. Although misogynistic in its initial idea, these classic sex toys actually help reduce stress levels by helping women reach an orgasm. Hence, it’s safe to say masturbation is a great tool for stress-related issues.
On the other hand, masturbating helps increase your blood flow and help your body to function properly. It also raises the white blood cell count that can help your immune system fight off possible viral and bacterial infections. Furthermore, clitoral stimulation can help women with menstrual cramps and overall muscle tension.
Another benefit of jacking off is that it can largely help reduce the risk of prostate cancer when you talk about men. The thing is, the older a guy gets, the more of a chance he’ll have a problem with his walnut-like gland. Luckily, regularly stimulating his penis will help minimize the possibility. So if you add pleasure and health together, it goes to show how beneficial masturbation is for both men and women. Being healthy sexually means being overall healthy. (11 ways to help yourself to a better sex life)
Although, throughout time, the concept of self-love was always close to selfishness and narcissism, modern society looks at it with a different pair of specs. Namely, being conscious of your happiness and looking out for yourself is nowadays a more positive idea. And rightly so. With so many people suffering from depression, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts, it’s about time we took care of ourselves.
And since it’s pretty clear how beneficial on numerous levels masturbation can be, why not change the way we perceive it? You see, mutual masturbation can be a huge game-changer, as any sex therapist would tell you. Doing something so pleasurable with your lover can help rejuvenate your stale, failing relationship. But hold on, self-pleasure isn’t only for couples who are on thin ice.
Being single isn’t easy. Moreover, it’s pretty shitty during the Covid-19 pandemic. So, stimulating erogenous zones and parts of your body when you feel like you can’t take it anymore can help you forget the mess we live in, at least for some time. And since push came to shove with this unprecedented health crisis, it’s time to normalize our stance towards something so harmless yet beneficial as masturbation.
There’s no guilt or shame in being good to yourself. Actually, it’s a dangerous stigma that somehow prevails time and time again. But wouldn’t it be great to stop it once and for all? Are we that scared of feeling good about who we are? Well, we don’t think so.