How are you Celebrating Masturbation Month?


Ok, so maybe every month is Masturbation Month for some of us - but May is the time to celebrate the act of jerkin’ your gherkin and buffin’ your muffin.

Considering that masturbation is probably even older than the world's oldest profession, Masturbation Month is actually a relatively new institution, and it began out of a real need to promote health and self-love. Here's where it all began.

The historical rub on Masturbation Month

Though it's now an international holiday and well celebrated here in Australia, Masturbation Month originally took off in America.

Imagine that it's 1994, and your country is kind of uptight when it comes to its own chicken-choking tendencies. So uptight that its own surgeon general, Dr. Joycelyn Elders, gets fired by President Clinton for suggesting that masturbation be mentioned in sex-ed classes.

As it so happened, a sensible sex toy shop in San Francisco was paying attention, and they didn't like what they were seeing. So in May 1995, Good Vibrations declared the inaugural National Masturbation Month as a way to promote sex positivity, sexual health, and self-love.

"We were astounded," say the folks at Good Vibrations on their website. "It was one of the most sensible things we'd ever heard a government official say - and it cost Elders her job! We started National Masturbation Month - now International Masturbation Month with people celebrating across the globe! - to raise awareness and to highlight the importance of masturbation for nearly everyone: It's safe, it's healthy, it's free, it's pleasurable and it helps people get to know their bodies and their sexual responses."

Stimulation celebrations

Since its inception, Masturbation Month has proved to be a rather satisfying endeavour. Good Vibrations and its cohorts have been using the occasion as a way to promote masturbation as a means to better and safer sex.

In 1999, the Masturbate-a-Thon wanked itself into being: a literal fapping-for-charity event. Participants would self-pleasure to raise money for women's health and HIV charities, as well as to take a whack at all the existing shame and cultural baggage surrounding masturbation. Special recognition has often gone to those who could either raise the most money or, ahem, perform exceptionally well.

This is precisely where the phrase "Come for a Cause" originated, and it quickly spread to other sex-positive toy shops around the world. London held the first "Wank-a-Thon" in Europe in 2006, and Montreal joined the party in 2013.

Clearly this had farther-reaching effects than encouraging highly publicised bouts of exhibitionism. In 2009, the UK joined other European governments in promoting daily masturbation among teenagers as a means to reduce STDs and unwanted pregnancies.

Though most Masturbate-a-Thons involved private acts of self-love, Good Vibrations sexologist Carol Queen recalls a few especially colourful moments from the public events. Of particular note, she told Salon, was one man who jerked off for nine hours and 58 minutes.

"Oh, and the friend of a friend who brought his violin along and played lovely music for the masturbators, sans pants," she told the news source. "Classical music just gives masturbation so much more gravitas! We had opera singers one time, too."

How to observe the holiday

Aside from masturbating with a renewed sense of political and social purpose, what are some other ways we can do justice to this month of self love and self exploration?

  • Support your local sex-toy shop - especially if it's got a particularly enlightened stance on sex positivity. Max Black, Sydney's finest adult store is one of our favourites.
  • Join our Facebook Event celebrating 31 days of self love and read and share literature on social media related to masturbation as a force of public health.
  • Experiment with your own wanking. Try something new! Check out the article by Cyndi Darnell for some luscious options well worth trying or read the article by Eva Sless about how good it is for you.
  • Consider participating in a Masturbate-a-Thon. If you can’t find one in your area, consider organising one with a local sex shop, a group of (very close) mates, or just you and your partner!

How will you celebrate Masturbation Month?


  • SuperStrong
    More than a month ago

    Mmmm iv been toying myself daily. Wish it was masuturbation month every month!!

  • Leolady727 Photo
    More than a month ago

    IN traditional English folklore, May is something a bit different. There's a little ditty that goes:

    "First of May, First of May
    Outdoor fucking starts today
    But, as usual, it does rain
    So we fucks off indoors again" :-)

    • Account Closed
      More than a month ago

      What a rich source of cultural insighs you are. Just wonderful!

  • Snowe7 Photo
    More than a month ago

    Every mon... er day... is masturbation day.

  • shemalesex
    More than a month ago

    Masturbation all the way between good sexual intimacy fun, keeps you ready to perform well for your next sexual adventure. Enjoy the pleasures of orgasmic stimulation with self and sexual fun. Enjoy all

    • Account Closed
      More than a month ago

      Thats right. Its fun and keeps muscles, bloodflow and lovely feelgood hormones going. In good wirking order till we get to share.

  • sixnine181
    More than a month ago

    Getting tired of being totally rejected, my hand keeps going to sleep on me .

  • closet.cowboy
    More than a month ago

    I have bought a latex simulated pussy. Very tight and when lubed up gives the best masturbation orgasm I have ever had.

  • Qlder1966
    More than a month ago

    I far prefer doing it with a partner and especially with her watching!

  • partnerpal
    More than a month ago

    It is still not discussed by most people, find it quite strange because it is what everyone does. If you feel the urge just do it, spread the love around but just make sure you clean up afterwards....can't have the friends turn up and see cum all over the place hahaha

  • lithium17
    More than a month ago

    I will be edging my way through May.

  • halfdutch34
    More than a month ago

    I'm celebrating by just masturbating every day

    • LESSEL Photo
      More than a month ago

      If u need a HAND let me know

    • Leolady727 Photo
      More than a month ago

      Unless you know this lady, that's an INCREDIBLY creepy remark :-(

    • Hornyman1969
      More than a month ago

      Good girl lol we all do as well

  • sexi.gentleman Photo
    More than a month ago


  • EarthyCouple
    More than a month ago

    I masturbate to orgasm pretty much every day, rare occasions up to 5 orgasms a day and I have a question for others who masturbate regularly and are very orgasmic:

    Do you find it difficult to share your masturbation routine/technique with another person?
    Does it take you longer to get into the zone/cum if someone is watching?
    Does it get easier with practise?
    Feel free to pm me if you can.

    Cheers and thanks in advance. :D

    • donkeykong2011
      More than a month ago

      Hi earthycouple, I have been masturbating ever since I discovered I had a penis. I love doing it solo and also with a partner. I get on webcam and enjoy sharing my wank sessions with anyone who wants to watch, it excites me and feeds my exhibition. I have mastered edging and have lasted up to 9hrs before cumming. Practice helps and lets me get better daily.

  • sexysydcouple19
    More than a month ago

    Hubby and I enjoy masturbating in front of each other whilst rimming each other. I fantasise over watching hubby masturbate and cumming in another girls mouth then insisting she swallows hubby's load. I also love masturbating whilst thinking of the idea of cum swapping with another girl and ass to mouth action. Keen to get interested mature minded girls opinion on my fantasies

  • 1nudemasseur
    More than a month ago

    So to speak I'm ripping the ears off it lol any one wana join along

  • dav6191
    More than a month ago

    The wife and I have been having awesome fun mutual masturbation is so erotic and such fun

  • BananaB01
    More than a month ago

    I'll be celebrating with an apple martini and a whole bottle of lubricant haha.

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