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Published On: Fri, May 3rd, 2019

THE BAND OF THE HAND: Celebrating Masturbation May

As it’s just starting, I figured I’d get us all primed and ready for Masturbation May. This self-proclaimed month of self-love began in San Francisco in 1995 as a response to U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders forced resignation. Responding to a question put to her at United Nations World AIDS Day in 1994, the Surgeon General said: “I think it is something that is part of human sexuality and a part of something that perhaps should be taught,” when asked by an audience member that about masturbation’s potential for discouraging early sexual activity. The lady was fired over this comment by then President Billy ‘Slick Willy’ Clinton (talk about a dude who knew a think about sexual activity!) but the infamous Good Vibrations toy store, looking to champion what Elders created, this band of the hand day, to celebrate the lady and the practice she championed. That National Masturbation Day (known as “International Masturbation Day” and in Britain and Australia as “Wankers Day” according to Wikipedia), celebrated on May 28th soon expanded into a full Masturbation May.  So have at yourself these next 31 days (and beyond). Just don’t engage in public, ok?

With HerpAlert reporting just recently that there was a spike in folks looking for herpes prescriptions from the opening day of Coachella this year (with the previous big spike for the STD occurring during Oscar weekend 2018) one might consider making love to that person we love the most as our safest bet. And to help us further along, April Lampert and Amy Baldwin, the moderators of the Shameless Sex podcast,  are getting in on this with their ‘Self-Pleasure 30-Day Challenge.’ Lampert and Baldwin invite people to “participate in self-pleasure for a minimum of ten minutes a day only using their hands (no porn or toys).”

“Every ten days we will ask participants to send an anonymous photo of themselves – much like we did for our ‘Female Sexuality Myth and Shame-busting’ IG campaign – where they hold up a sign over their faces written with ten words or less, describing your week’s experience,” said Lampert of the liberating experiment.

Those who join in the ‘Self-Pleasure 30-Day Challenge’ will be entered into a special raffle, with a grand prize on offer of a Hot Octopuss Duo, Uberlube, access to OMGyes, access to our online workshop, a session with a Sexological Bodyworker – an over $1000 retail value.

To join the ‘Self-Pleasure 30-Day Challenge’ visit the Shameless Sex Instagram page @shamelesssexpodcast #selfpleasurechallange #selfpleasure #shamelesssexrevolution #30daychallange

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THE BAND OF THE HAND: Celebrating Masturbation May