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A Touchy Subject: The Health Benefits of Masturbation

Masturbation is free and has more clear-cut health benefits than a multivitamin. Read More

Opinion

I guess this would be a great opinion article. The prostate study is not a good example of "cause and effect."

What about the effects of pornography, masturbation, and sexting with regards to having normal, face to face relationships, and maybe - "real" sex - with a person rather being in love with the fantasy of the internet and the hand of their choice.

There is no blame to the student, who completed the assignment, but the Ph.D. who remarked about the article, proofed it, and published it here.

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I am sorry you didn't like the article. In the short amount of space for a blog, not all relevant topics can be explored. This blog is about the health benefits of masturbation, which are well documented. It in no way even attempts to deal with the topic of the effects of pornography. The prostrate study is directly from the medical literature. Other similar PT blogs on masturbation, not written by students, can be found throughout PT website. At any rate, I do thank you for reading and taking time to comment.

I respect your point on the

I respect your point on the purpose and brevity of the article, but I too find the use of the prostate cancer study to tout the benefits of masturbation to be premature at best and possibly inaccurate. As someone who has taught the prostate cancer modules in professional pharmacy programs, I can say that the primary reason masturbation is not included is not because it is taboo but rather because those claims have not been fully substantiated in rigorous, robust, and reproducible research. Notwithstanding this, I liked the rest of the article.

Reply to opinion

Anonymous implies that face-to-face sex is better than what he/she presumes is often associated with masturbation, such as porn. And then presumes that porn generally has a bad effect. A lot of presumptions there.

OK, let's assume those objections have some merit. So let me balance that by also pointing out another incorrect assumption, namely that a sexual partner will always want sex as much as you do. Then what do you do, abstain? And what about studies which show that couples who have frequent sex also masturbate more. What about mutual masturbation? And what if you don't have a partner -- is it better to be totally celibate just because using porn to assist with masturbation is on the whole more harmful? I would very much disagree with that. Hopefully, you are not one of those who also insists on no sex before marriage, in which case you would suggest that non-married people remain not only celibate, but also refrain from masturbation -- a totally absurd and unrealistic notion.

I think the point of this article was simply that sexual release is healthy, whether alone or with a partner. And if you don't have a partner, than alone is fine too.

If you're going to pick at masturbation's associated vices, why not also similarly bring up partnered-sex's associated vices, such as date rape, abusive sex, etc.?

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Laurie Mintz, Ph.D., is the author of A Tired Woman's Guide to Passionate Sex: Reclaim Your Desire and Reignite Your Relationship.

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