May is International Masturbation Month. Survey Offers Hands-on Data

Sunday May 23, 2021
Originally published on May 21, 2021

Though the month is almost over, did you know that May is designated International Masturbation Month? The actual day designated to protect and celebrate the right to masturbate came on May 7.

"Masturbation May was actually born in a spirit of protest: Dr. Joycelyn Elders was forced to resign from her post as general surgeon in December 1994, after having said, during a speech of the United Nations on the occasion of the World AIDS Day, this sentence: "I think that masturbation is part of human sexuality and things that one should be taught," wrote the French-language website Le Journal de Montreal. (Note: translation via Google.) At the time, President Bill Clinton's spokesperson Leon Panetta remarked, "There have been too many areas where the President does not agree with her views. This is just one too many."

To celebrate the event, "the Satisfyer sex toy brand presents us with a survey carried out on the practices and trends of male masturbation," reports the French LGBTQ website TÊTU. "Thus, more than 5,000 men between the ages of 18 and 59 were interviewed - anonymously - about their habits and preferences in solitary handling of their penises. Just asking guys (#Askaman) how they jerk off: an easy way to 'promote a healthy relationship with sex,' the company argues."

But how often did those surveyed masturbate? About the half (45%) of our participants masturbate multiple times a week, followed by 20% that are masturbating every day. About 10% masturbate only multiple times a month or only once a week. "(S)so as you can see, there is no right or wrong when it comes to masturbation, as long as it isn't connected to obsessive or addictive behavior," Satisfyer writes.

As to their favorite places to do so, 66% cite the bed, 12% the shower, 10% the toilet, and, amongst the more risky, in times of intensive teleworking. "Remember, in this case," TÊTU warns, "make sure beforehand that the Zoom session with your colleagues is closed ..." No one wants to be Jeffery Toobin.

Satisfyer being a sex toy company, the question of their use when masturbating brought the following results: "55% of men experience it and use an accessory for masturbation," with the top toys being "vibrating toys used directly on the penis" (29%)," "23% use masturbators without vibration," and 20% simulate anal stimulation, As to the how, "25% use a simple lubricant."

The leading reason why those surveyed masturbate is "personal pleasure," with an overwhelming majority of 76%. The second reason is likely more pandemic related as 33% say they are doing so because of "the lack of sex," while 25% say they do so to masturbate with their partner.

And 5% say they are masturbating because of health reasons, which Satisfyer writes on their website, is a good thing. "Did you know that regular masturbation actively contributes to your mental health?" they write. "The benefits of masturbation include the reduce of stress and anxiety, improvement of self-consciousness and self-esteem as well as a better sleep."