History of Masturbation

By Charlie Chambers
Updated: 05 Sep 2021

Throughout history, masturbation has been viewed through countless lenses of religions, laws and cultures. There have been long periods when masturbation was considered to be wrong and harmful. It was even seen as a sin.

There have never been facts supporting these cultural views, and regardless of the views of each era, masturbation has always been the most common human sexual experience.

As our knowledge has evolved, we now know that almost everyone masturbates. Still there are taboos and misconceptions about what masturbation is and if there are negative consequences from masturbation.

Modern science tells us masturbation doesn’t cause any harm, either physically or mentally. Instead, it is completely normal and extremely common. Masturbation is part of life and a component of healthy sexuality.

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To learn more about basics of masturbation, check also the following articles: What Is Masturbation & How to Masturbate, Is Masturbation Wrong, Best Male Masturbation Techniques, Male Masturbation Facts, and History of Masturbation.

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