Onania: or, the heinous sin of self-pollution

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Onania: or, the heinous sin of self-pollution is a pamphlet about masturbation. Copies are known to have been printed in London in 1723; its date of first publication is thought to be around 1712-1716.[1][2][3] The identity of its author is unknown; it has been variously attributed to the surgeon John Marten, and to a "Dr. Bekkers".[3]

It was re-printed in Boston in 1724, and in many subsequent editions.[4][2] It was a best-seller of its time, selling tens of thousands of copies.[5]

Onania describes masturbation as a "heinous sin" with "frightful consequences",[4] and was a significant influence on Samuel-Auguste Tissot's L'Onanisme.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Onania, or The Heinous Sin of Self-Pollution: 1724 · Colonial America: The Age of Sodomitical Sin". outhistory.org. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  2. ^ a b Scowen, Peter (July 18, 2014). "We need to talk about masturbation, the last great sexual taboo". theglobeandmail.com. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  3. ^ a b "Onania: or, the heinous sin of self-pollution, and all its frightful consequences, in both sexes, consider'd, &c. With spiritual and physical advice to those who have already injur'd themselves by this abominable practice. The sixteenth edition, as also the seventh edition of the supplement to it, both of them revis'd and enlarg'd, and now printed together in this one volume. ..." collections.soane.org. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  4. ^ a b Onania; or, The heinous sin of self-pollution, and all its frightful consequences, in both sexes, considered. With spiritual and physical advice to those, who have already injur'd themselves by this abominable practice. : And seasonable admonition to the youth (of both sexes) and those whose tuition they are under, whether parents, guardians, masters, or mistresses. : To which is added, a letter from a lady (very curious) concerning the use and abuse of the marriage bed. With the author's answer thereto. : [Six lines from Genesis]. May 2011.
  5. ^ Magnanti, Dr Brooke (2014-08-07). "Does masturbating really make women and men less creative?". Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  6. ^ Stolberg, Michael (January–April 2000). "Self-Pollution, Moral Reform, and the Venereal Trade: Notes on the Sources and Historical Context of Onania (1716)". Journal of the History of Sexuality. Vol. 9, No. 1/2 (1/2): 37–61. JSTOR 3704631.