A heads up that this article is about masturbation, so if that's not something you want to read about right now, maybe check out some of our other sex and relationships stories. If that seems like a forward question, you might have missed our article about "the masturbation gap" and it's probably a good place to start. What it will tell you is that the stats are clear. There's plenty of jacking off and not enough jilling off. When it comes to sexual self-pleasure, women are missing out compared to men. Australian research from surveying 20, men and women found 72 per cent of men reported they had masturbated in the past year, compared to 42 per cent of women. But those are just numbers. When it comes to why or how we do or don't pleasure ourselves, personal stories can tell a lot more. And given there is a lack of talk about women's bodies and pleasure, according to the experts I spoke to, we felt it would be remiss of us not to share some of these experiences.
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Christina, 33, is a married mother of one. She considers herself a sexual person, though not sexually aggressive. There was a distinct lack of privacy. My sexuality was totally non-existent.
In the early s, Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychologist and medical doctor considered the father of psychoanalysis, viewed orgasmic solo play as an incomplete discharge and immature expression of sexuality which could damage sexual organs and lead to neurasthenia. His views shifted somewhat by , when his work depicted masturbation during youth as normal, but regarded it as a symptom, particularly if it was preferred over intercourse into adulthood. During this time, sexologist Alfred Kinsey insisted that the practice was instinctive for males and females, and Gallup Poll surveys showed that Americans were getting it on solo. No matter how often you masturbate or when you last did, ahem , you can count on a variety of benefits, all of which prove solo play is not only natural but healthy.