Do you partake in “self love” often? Is masturbation something you do on a regular basis? If yes, you are a modern man not laden with the guilt of ancient times. Back in the day, self pleasure was not a thing to be messed with. Since May is Masturbation Month, it’s a good time to visit those days of the “masturbation free” past and thank your lucky stars we are free to masturbate!
Masturbation was often vilified and seen as an abomination toward God in monotheistic cultures. Why was it such a sin? Sex was seen as a means of reproducing, and not to really have “fun” – so if you were engaging in the act of self-pleasure, you were not benefiting the tribe, or society, by “wasting your seed” and not contributing to the population. Back in ancient times, population was scare, death rate was high and it was vital to reproduce as much as possible for the survival of the tribe through means of helping with the farm, and adding to the population of the tribe.
Religious views on masturbation have varied greatly by location and time. For some groups of more conservative leaning folks, solo sex is a big bad no-no. Other groups have found nothing wrong with a little self torture at all! In fact, for some more modern hedonist groups a little solo pleasure is a good thing. And of course there’s a middle ground too, in which masturbation is fine but ejaculation is off limits.
In modern communities, self pleasure is seen as perfectly fine to indulge in, so long as your habit doesn’t interfere with your daily life (and so long as you indulge yourself in private rather than in public!) According to Medieval Christians, masturbating was “sinning against nature” , and strokers were condemned to the lowest level of hell. Since masturbation was “so unnatural” , it could only be absolved by bishops and their lieutenants. That’s some serious absolving for a bit of “stroking the bishop”!
Some cultures went a little overboard with strong religious strictures against masturbation, even claiming that masturbation could lead to blindness, insanity and all types of illnesses. Such wild superstitions led to panic, and for others to lock themselves up in chastity. In India and Tibet, masturbation was seen as relatively harmless, so long as semen retention was practiced. If you’d like to explore things like chastity and edging training, ask any of the Ladies of Vox Erotic to help you get started!
While in the past solo sex was seen as aberrant and sinful, now we know that masturbation is very good for you. Taking the time to indulge in some self pleasure can lower your stress levels, your blood pressure, and even increase your focus and ability to work well! Whether you think there’s a spiritual reason to retain your semen, lock yourself in chastity, or even to wank off until your eyes roll back in your head, masturbation in all its forms can be liberating and incredibly healthy. Get your masturbation lube ready and prepare yourself for some healthy stress relief.