National Masturbation Day
|History and status|
National Masturbation Day (NMD) is an annual event celebrated on a day in May to protect the right to masturbate. The first National Masturbation Day was observed in 1995. Until 2001, NMD was celebrated on May 7, but in 2005 NMD was celebrated on May 28. Alongside NMD, the month of May is celebrated as the National Masturbation Month.
The NMD is organized to protest against social stigma against masturbation. Sexologist Carol Queen, an organizer of the NMD, argued, although 90% of men and 65% of women in North America masturbate regularly, masturbation is viewed negatively in contemporary culture and deliberately excluded from the formal education system. According to Queen, "We gave our heads a shake and said it's about time we fought back. That's when we founded National Masturbation Day."
The NMD in the United States was being organized from its beginning primarily by the San Francisco-based sex toy retail chain Good Vibrations and its supporters. The 1999 National Masturbation Day celebrations were organized by Good Vibrations with its general manager describing masturbation as a "birthright". In a press conference held during the 1999 NMD celebrations, Queen declared masturbation and "right to orgasms" to be "inalienable constitutional right".
The sixth National Masturbation Day was observed in 2001 and its sponsors included major names in the sex industry, including Good Vibrations, Toronto-based co-operatively run sex toy retail store Come As You Are, and Babeland. John Karastamatis writing in the Toronto Star noted that the organizers of the 2001 National Masturbation Day were associated with sex store businesses. He also pointed out that the majority of the NMD organizers were women. According to Cory Silverberg, one of the founders of Come As You Are, "The message we want to spread is that masturbation promotes health and happiness- that's what National Masturbation Day and the masturbate-athon are all about." The organizers of National Masturbation Day stressed the health benefits of masturbation citing examples such as stress management, healthier pelvic muscles, secretion of endorphins, decrease in chances of prostatitis among men, decrease in candidiasis among women, cardiovascular exercise and safe sex.
- X-TOY GROUP FIGHTS BANS S.F. ACTIVISTS JOIN BATTLE AGAINST 14 STATES' RESTRICTIONS, Mercury News
- NMD: A touchy subject – Deck goes here Toronto Star
- National Masturbation Month Reaches Climax On May 28, FlashNews
- Lloyd, Stacy (April 30, 2010). "May is National Masturbation Month". EmpowHER.com.