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She-Bop: Masturbating And Your Period

Q. I masturbate a lot, and today I masturbated on my period, is that normal?
A. LIke hell it is! Just kidding sweets, that would make for the worst advice column ever (The Frisky Michelle Bachmann). Masturbating, like death and taxes, is something that most, if not all, people will do, regardless of what they tell you. Masturbation is still somewhat taboo, though more so for anyone who isn’t in some Seth Rogan-like situation of dude-bro comedic hilarity.

Don’t we know it. Image courtesy of wiki.com

Seriously, we are still feeling the affects of our good ole friend Hippocrates, who in 400 B.C., thought that too much masturbation would rot one’s spinal cord, not to mention other masturbation foes like John Kellog (aka, Kellog’s Corn Flakes) who thought cold cereal would deter masturbation. Even the original Boy Scouts Handbook plainly stated that young boys would end up in an insane asylum if they ever masturbated. Meanwhile, a little medical trend called “hysteria” was popping it’s head up all around the Victorian era,  convincing the masses that the “release technique” was a healthy way to provide women with combating hysteria, creating all sorts of inventions which would set the tone for many modern day vibrators. Of course, these weren’t vibrators you see, and they weren’t masturbating women. Hell, even Hippocrates day, Olisbos were used to prevent hysteria, usually during trials of spousal separation. This was done so that the good nation’s collective uteri wouldn’t go on a jail break, in turn creating emotional instability and over-excitement (sounds familiar huh). This lasted until medieval times when nuns and the unmarried were recommended for “massage treatments,” as a way of combating these “demons” (that’s what I refer to mine as).

I knew I should have put down towels before I whipped out the vibrator!

What the history lesson above tell us, is that masturbation, especially that of the female or non-binary kind, has always been pretty taboo. Men certainly didn’t get a pass either, but over time, men’s masturbation has become more of a running punch line or even an expectation, somewhere in tandem with other ill-advised social norms about the “aggressiveness” and “naturalness” of men’s sexuality. But here is one thing we can potentially all agree on. Masturbation tends to freaks people out, and in turn, people freak other people out about masturbation. How could it not? It’s taking your own sexual autonomy into your own hands. It’s building up a reference library of what turns you on, of what feels good, and getting to know your physical self. That’s power, maybe even a super power. Masturbate powers, activate!

Now, as far as masturbating on your period goes, Mazel Tov! While everyone varies on how their bodies react during the crimson panic, most people experience a surge in sexual arousal, leading to either various forms of period sex, or the equally enjoyable activity of solo masturbation. Many folks swear by the natural benefits of masturbating as a way to reduce cramps, relieve headaches, and just give oneself an overall boost in what can be a relatively uncomfortable week. As my lady Donna would say, “treat yo self.”

So the next time you are feeling the urge and you stop to ask yourself, “is this normal?” follow it up with, “what’s normal?” Sure, we can all extrapolate on that, but the reality is, masturbation is as normal as it gets. So put down some towels or find stable footing in the shower, and rock on. Give yourself the loving your body needs – just let us know how it turns out.

Oh, and did I mention that May is actually National Masturbation Month? So do your patriotic duty by popping one out in the name of freedom!

Happy Solo Sexing !

Let freedom ring.

7 replies on “She-Bop: Masturbating And Your Period”

What an interesting read.  I think it’s great that we’re talking about this.

For me, I usually get pretty aroused after day 2 of my period.  Mr. Nonsense is squicked out by blood in general, so sex while bleeding is pretty much a no go.  Cue in masturbation, or as I like to call it, ‘helping myself out.’ It definitely helps with the cramping as well, so no complaints.

In my day job, I get the question of, “Am I normal?” with things like this ALLLLLLLLLL the time. And the answer is that it’s all normal. Masturbate on your period! Don’t masturbate on your period! There’s a whole range of things about which people feel comfortable, and unless it’s literally harming you or someone else, have funsies!

I wasn’t going to comment on this, but I decided not to be an embarrassed prude about it, which was my alternative. I’ve masturbated on my period before, and I seem to have turned out fine. Like Coco said, some women are very aroused during that time of the month, and you’re more sensitive down there anyway. Period sex isn’t too shabby either.

Masturbating, like death and taxes, is something that most, if not all, people will do, regardless of what they tell you.

This is one of those topics where, one way and another, I’ve come to learn that death is the only one everyone does. The common phrase that echoes the sentiment of death, taxes and masturbation (in direct reference to men, but can be applied as a whole) of “they’re either wankers or liars” has the potential to cause considerable upset.

On the whole, I enjoyed this article, though. A very interesting look at the history involved, too. And having, at long last, read Carrie over Easter, I finally get these references. Huzzah!

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