Happy National Masturbation Month!

12 May

Okay so maybe I’m a tad late on the uptake on this one, it being the eleventh of May and all, but this month is National Masturbation Month!  Epic, right?  And who doesn’t like to anger the pope (besides most Catholics)?

Being a complete and utter nerd, I’ve been wondering about the history of this national month of masturbation.  Where did it come from?  How is it publicly celebrated? Well, my dear readers, I am here to give you some answers.

According to the all knowledgeable Wikipedia, May was declared “Masturbation Month” in 1995 by Good Vibrations.  It sounds hokey, a sex toy store pushing masturbation, but in actuality they advocated for people to get “masturbation sponsors” in order to raise money for charities.  Four years later, in 1999, the Masturbate-a-thon was born.  Created by Dr. Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence, this event is habitually takes place in San Francisco where awards are given for duration.  But the best part of the Masturbate-a-thon?  For $25 you can be a voyeur to just about the sexiest fundraiser there is.

This year the Masturbate-a-thon will be held in San Franciso on May 21 and 22; the first day will be restricted to women and couples and the second day will be men and couples. You can read more about the event here

Welp, that’s just about all I can dig up on the history of this sordid month of self-lovin’ at the moment.  I’ll try to post some tidbits on events outside of SF as I come across them throughout the month.  Until then, enjoy the wanking!


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