Happy May Day! Beltane Blessings! And we begin celebrating International Masturbation Month.
It all started at a speech at the United Nations World AIDS Day Conference in 1994 when then Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders answered a question from a member of the audience about whether masturbation was a good solution to prevent AIDS.
Dr. Joycelyn Elders answered, “Masturbation is something that is a part of human sexuality, and is a part of something that perhaps should be taught.”
Dr. Elders was forced to resign her post, and that was the end of her career as America’s first black Surgeon General.
But from endings come beginnings. Inspired by her bravery and continued commitment to sex education, Good Vibes founded International Masturbation Month as a reminder that masturbation is healthy, accessible and the safest form of sex a person can have.
“Masturbation is fun and pleasurable, it teaches you about your own unique sexuality, and it’s a great way to postpone partner sex if you’re not ready for it,” said Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist Carol Queen, Ph.D., one of the originators of International Masturbation Month.
It is also a good cardiovascular workout, releases endorphins, reduces stress, builds stronger pelvic muscles and relieves menstrual cramps.
So let go of guilt and embarrassment. Make love to yourself. You are your own best lover.