Padding the pink canoe, stroking the one-eyed snake, dancing the two-fingered tango, buttering the corn, or whatever you call it, masturbation is a normal and healthy sexual expression. In fact, over 88% of people say that they masturbate on a regular basis. So why don’t we talk about it? Masturbation has gotten a bad rap. But you should never feel ashamed of talking about sexual pleasure!
It really is all about you!
Not everyone has or wants a partner. There is no “right way” to have sex. As long as everyone is consenting, you should do it your way. The great thing about masturbation is that you are free to explore at your own pace. Want to try out a new toy? Go for it! Testing out a new technique? The world is your oyster.
It might even be good for you!
There are many documented benefits of orgasms: it can relieve stress, boost the immune system, improve your sleep, relieve muscle tension and menstrual cramps.
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