Human sexuality/controversial topics
All points of view
Many adults find masturbation -- particularly when performed by youth -- to be a very sensitive topic.
Many individuals -- particularly teens -- have been taught that masturbation
is a serious sin and suffer from immense guilt when they do it. Some religious
denominations even teach that people who masturbate are in great danger of
spending eternity in Hell under very some uncomfortable
circumstances -- flogging, worms, intolerable heat and thirst, and darkness.
On the other hand, many sources of sexual information recommend masturbation
||Males because it lowers their incidence of prostate cancer later in life,
||Females because it can relieve menstrual cramps, and
||Both male and females because it helps them to learn their body's sexual
responses, helps them relax, and feels really good.
We have tried to be objective in our
treatment of this issue, and to describe fairly from all viewpoints.
This essay is dedicated to the past U.S. Surgeon General, Joycelyn Elders. When asked a question about sex education in public
schools, she stated: "perhaps masturbation was something that should be taught." Within hours, she was asked to
resign. Within days, she was gone from public service.
According to the FAQ at alt.sex.masturbation, masturbation
is "sexual activity involving only one person." 1
Other widely used emotionally neutral terms are: "self-stimulation,"
"auto-eroticism" and "self-pleasuring."
Masturbation topics covered in this section:
"President Kimball Speaks Out," Deseret Book Co.,
(1981), Page 10.
Copyright ©1997 to 2008 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2008-SEP-24
Author: B.A. Robinson