Masturbation Deserves Place in Sex-Ed

by Bethany Davenport
Columnist

During high school sex education talks the line is always stated, “The only 100 percent way to prevent pregnancy and the transmission of STDs is abstinence.” I always had this urge to argue with them on this absolute statement but never did. Yes, I agree that abstinence is 100 percent fool-proof, but teenagers are horny. It’s an undeniable fact of puberty that your hormones are raging and curiosity creeps in. So I think a better approach would be one that not only included abstinence, but also masturbation.

Masturbation does not stunt your growth and will not make you go blind, unlike the old wives’ tales. It’s actually pretty safe. One of the only harmful side effects that can be caused is irritation. That can be solved by using a water-based lubricant. See Laina Smith, the campus nurse, if interested in some lube.

Masturbation doesn’t have to be performed just by a hand. Stores such as Hustler and Cirilla’s carry toys and accessories that can enhance this experience. For men masturbation tools can include items such as “pocket pussies.” These are toys that resemble a vagina that a man can pleasure himself with by sticking his penis into. For women, there are dildos for vaginal pleasure and vibrators for clitoral and vaginal pleasure. All toys can usually be found for under $20 and come with an assortment of functions. Although they aren’t needed, they can be a fun accessory to enhance the experience.

Masturbation is also a tool for self-discovery. It not only relieves sexual tension, but it can also have you become more acquainted with your body. In doing so you will discover what you like and dislike. You will also be better at expressing what you want when you do choose to become sexually active with a partner.

Most often the “harm” of masturbation is one of a social aspect since many religious institutions look down on the idea of masturbation. This influences how individuals view those who masturbate or those who talk about it. Masturbation can be a very freeing and exciting experience. According to the national survey of sexual health and behavior conducted by Indiana University in 2010, the percentage of men aged 18-19 who had masturbated in their lifetime was 86.1 percent. For women aged 18-19 who had masturbated in their lifetime the number was 66 percent. Teenagers masturbate. If it might keep them from having sex, shouldn’t health classes and sex education programs talk about it as an option for healthy sexual activities?

Masturbation is self-pleasure. And isn’t that what everyone is after?

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One Response to Masturbation Deserves Place in Sex-Ed

  1. Emil Polashek says:

    Masturbation does provide immediate, temporary gratification. It does not promote a healthy, nurturing relationship with other people, and is likely to detract from building positive relationships as the masturbator retreats into a fantasy world of self-pleasuring.

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