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The History of Masturbation

Articles / The History of Masturbation
Date: Nov 21, 2006 - 06:28 AM

By Jonatas Dornelles
Anthropologist

Dating back to antiquity itself, done by most men and woman, during most part of their lives, here comes masturbation. Regardless of its universal patterns, such intimate experience means quite personal and, amidst sexual deeds is the one which the vast bulk have most difficulty in dealing with. Maybe that’s why people only bring it across in special occasions. So what else is on about masturbation?



The word masturbation – brought offhandedly by the poet Marcel, in the first century AD – bears strong connotations, since derives from Manu and strupare, both meaning “begrimed by the hands”. Most people would feel ashamed of themselves and grow self-conscious if indulged in masturbation sprees. On top of that there’s the urban legend that such lonesome act could spark all sorts of physical and mental drawbacks.

Guilt burden from masturbation rebounds from several sources. One to single out is the moral order it’s based on, above all, within the Hebrew-Christian tradition

This religious framework, which influenced the whole western reasoning, has always stood against masturbation.  This is so because for them masturbation meant seminal fluid deranged from its aim devised by God, procreation that’s.

By the way, if someone’s religious belief and moral says so, as to rely on sex only for furthering, he would grow self-conscious if indulged in masturbation sprees. A great many teens try and keep masturbation at bay because they sensed that their relatives, or even counsellors and teachers, would go against it.

Daunting memories in relation to  masturbation became a lot more sharpen after that Freud and his followers, quoted that this is normal only if done by the children, - as part of their growing process in sexual approach-, being a symptom of naivety if done by grownups. Some shrinks came to the suggestion that feeling overburden per se would stem from some unconscious fantasy of incestuous nature.

In other words, masturbation infers as far as they concerned that sexual strings could be attached with either relative. Aside from feeling guilty, there would be other reasons someone would refuse it altogether.

Otherwise, they would keep a low profile. Most women refuse outright to take it on board, and would wind up feeling undermined if had to induce climax exclusively by the clitoral stimulation pattern. The claim carries out significant cultural feedback, which deems acceptable only the orgasm reached out of sexual intercourse, by vaginal penetration.  Thus men might not appreciate the idea that their wives masturbate. To their minds, if wives grew capable of getting satisfied by themselves, would not feel a thing towards sexual rapport with them.

Alas, the fact that they rely on masturbation would not mesmerize their keen willingness on sexual rapport.

In the twenty-first century masturbation has taken on a more casual approach. Plays key role in our sexual boosting. These days and age a lot has been said about needs for rising self-awareness. And so too masturbation fit the bill just right, given its broadening potential within personal sexuality.  

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