Masturbation is an act that has been there since time immemorial but the difference between ancient days and today is that, it was termed as a taboo but today those beliefs have declined. Many people use it as a way of relieving the sexual tension that may build up over time mainly those who do not have sexual partners. It is also common to people who have sex partners who may not be willing to have sex. The views about masturbation vary from one person to another and while some criticize, others support it. From a positive perspective, masturbation is good in that, it is a safe way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. Sex therapists recommend masturbation to people with sexual dysfunction, and if done in the right way as prescribed, it may rectify the problem. However, there are negative implications pertaining masturbation in every age group and every culture.
Religious views regarding masturbation
Different religions have different teachings on the issue of masturbation. Some claim that it is a sin, while others say that sex was intended for procreation, and a way of expressing love to one another. They term masturbation as...
a selfish act that was meant for two people and not one. The Catholic teaching about masturbation is that it is evil and morally wrong because sex was intended to be a shared gift to the married people (Beginning Catholic.com, n. p). They say that masturbation is wrong since one focuses on himself/herself. Again, they claim that masturbation is a selfish act, which gives pleasure to oneself. The teachings further argue that masturbation is ungodly because it is an immoral act, which is accompanied by adultery in the heart. The Catholic Church further claims that it is a sin, and people should shun from it and live the right way of life which beliefs that sex is a sacred gift from God.
The Protestants do not have a different view on masturbation as well. Their teachings insist that it is an ungodly and selfish act, which does not fulfill the actual purpose of sex. Sex is meant to be shared by couples and is a gift that the two should give to each other since that is the primary objective of sex according to the biblical teachings. The Protestant church teaches that sex is supposed to be mutual self-giving between couples, and that masturbation is a grave sin that should be avoided. In the ancient days, the Judaism condemned masturbation and said that men wasted semen. It was also believed that a man, who masturbated, murdered himself and spilled his blood. As days passed by, they stopped condemning, but they still termed as an evil act. Today it is allowed in the Judaism religion (Fisher n. p).
Buddhism like the other religions discourages masturbation. However, it is not considered as a sin. Fisher (n. p) states that contrary to the Catholic faith, the Islam allows masturbation on the basis that it prevents one from committing adultery. Fo
that reason, it is considered a small issue in Islam and is not condemned like in other religions. Hinduism is another religion that leaves the decision about masturbation to those involved to make the decision. They neither condemn nor encourage but believe that wisdom will help the people make the right decision (Fisher, n. p).
Gender views on masturbation
Every person has a say about masturbation and every view varies significantly from the other. Some call it a taboo and highly condemn it while to others the act is a lifestyle that gives them pleasure. Both genders are involved in masturbation with the highest number being of men. Women also practice masturbation, but many are ashamed to discuss the act openly. According to Fahs & Frank (p. 243), women also had a negative attitude towards it and rarely talked about it. Unlike men, women depended on men for sex while men had an open mind about it.
Another reason the authors are giving regarding the percentage of masturbating men being higher than that of the women is that men without sex are too neurotic and opt for masturbation. Men tend to speak openly about it, which does seem an ordinary thing to them than women. However, white women are reported to masturbate more than the black and Asian women. Some have made it a routine which they claim to achieve sexual satisfaction for lack of partners while for others, they term it as a threat to men in that; women want to prove to men that they can do without their services. Many women who masturbate use sex toys like vibrators which they claim to give them more pleasure than having a partner (Fahs & Frank p.243).
Further research shows that adolescent boys do masturbation more frequently than teenage girls (Fahs & Frank p.244). During the study, the few girls who discussed the matter without fear showed that they had a positive attitude towards masturbation while others shunned from discussing it terming it as a wrong act, which they were not comfortable when doing. They linked their views to the purpose of sex and said they preferred doing sex with their partners instead. Unlike men who openly discuss it, women shun from talking in public about masturbation because, in many cases, women are afraid of giving their voice about issues that are termed as taboo or hidden (Fahs & Frank p.244).
Men masturbate to get pleasure and release the sexual tension while women have several reasons why they do it. Some women confessed that they enjoyed masturbation more than the regular sex with their partners. They explore their bodies and in that case, they tend to fulfill their pleasures better through masturbation (Fahs & Frank p.246). Other women believe that masturbation shows dominance over the males since they can do without men for sexual satisfaction. To others, it has become a routine, which is hard to break. Fahs & Frank (p.247) affirm that masturbation is addictive, and once one gets used to it, it becomes hard to quit. And just like men, they women claim that it is a source of joy and pleasure.
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