Although No Nut November was originally intended to be satirical, some participants claim that abstaining from ejaculating and not watching pornography has health benefits. An Urban Dictionary entry for No Nut November was published in 2011, and, in 2017, the movement started to gain popularity on social media. It is associated with the NoFap community on Reddit, which encourages its members not to masturbate. The Reddit community /r/NoNutNovember grew from 16,500 subscribers in November 2018 to 52,000 subscribers in November 2019.
After some far-right public figures, including Paul Joseph Watson, promoted the campaign, E. J. Dickson of Rolling Stone suggested that the movement had been co-opted by the far-right. Vice criticized the challenge in 2018 after adherents sent threats to xHamster on Twitter, similarly saying it had been co-opted by far-right figures.
Destroy Dick December
Destroy Dick December is a related internet challenge following No Nut November which serves as a counterpoint, encouraging participants to take part in sexual activities such as intercourse and masturbation, after abstaining from them during the previous month. Each day, participants in the challenge ejaculate a number of times equal to the day's place in the month, starting with one "nut" on the first of December, and ending with 31 "nuts" on the final day. In total, that is 496 "nuts" in December.
- The Contest, a Seinfeld episode about abstinence from masturbation
- Coitus reservatus, a form of sexual intercourse in which a man attempts to remain at the moment before ejaculation for as long as possible
- Movember, the growing of moustaches in November to raise awareness of men's health issues
- National Masturbation Day, originally held on May 7, 1995 as an event to honor Joycelyn Elders, it was later expanded to the month of May as International Masturbation Month
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- EJ Dickson (8 November 2019). "How a New Meme Exposes the Far-Right Roots of #NoNutNovember". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
- Phoebe Loomes (24 November 2018). "Thousands of men quit sex for 'No Nut November'". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
- Samantha Cole (30 November 2018). "Let This Be the Last No Nut November". Vice. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
- "Destroy Dick December Is the New Month Long Masturbation Challenge". The Daily Dot. 2017-11-15. Retrieved 2020-11-22.