I have always been open about masturbation with my friends, but as soon as I bring it up around family, shit hits the fan. "I don't want to hear about that, that is disgusting!" I ask my family one simple question, "Do you masturbate?" If my family were to answer honestly, I know what they would say.
"Yes, Thomas, I do indeed masturbate, and I enjoy it quite well." But of course, we can't talk about masturbation. It's morally incorrect to even speak about the big M in my household. I get an answer like this, "That is none of your business."
Look, I'm not trying to get in on anyone's masturbation; I don't want to be part of that. What I am trying to do is openly discuss masturbation since, after all, it occurs nearly everyday around these parts. I feel that my family could benefit from discussing masturbation so I went the extra mile and decided to find something that would be beneficial to my family pertaining to masturbation. After thirty seconds of searching I found information on one benefit of masturbation: masturbation may protect against prostate cancer.
Music to my ears, or eyes, this headline was. I am killing two birds with one stone here: pleasuring myself and, at the same time, helping fight against prostate cancer. This is enough incentive for me to continue doing the deed, and at this point I haven't even read the article.
"A team in Australia led by Graham Giles of The Cancer Council Victoria in Melbourne asked 1079 men with prostate cancer to fill in a questionnaire detailing their sexual habits, and compared their responses with those of 1259 healthy men of the same age. The team concludes that the more men ejaculate between the ages of 20 and 50, the less likely they are to develop prostate cancer." (Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition, Douglas Fox)
I am aware of all the commercials on TV advertising vitamins and pills to take to keep your prostate healthy, but they are not filling us in on the other thing. What these advertisements should be saying is "with one-a-day for prostates you will help prevent prostate cancer. Oh, and also, while taking one-a-day it is critical that you masturbate daily for the full effects." Is it so wrong to mention masturbation? Is it that offensive to hear the word used in a positive manner? I know that hell will freeze over before I ever see an advertisement promoting masturbation, but that doesn't mean that it shouldn't happen. I want to shout on top of a mountain, for everyone to hear, "Masturbation is healthy, not only for women to find their sensitive spots in order to help their partners in the bedroom so they don't seem completely incompetent, but also for the prostate! Get to whackin' boys cause it's darn good for you!"
I know that masturbation is especially common in males and happens frequently in adolescence, but it is healthiest to masturbate when males are in their twenties.
"The protective effect is greatest while men are in their twenties: those who had ejaculated more than five times per week in their twenties, for instance, were one-third less likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer later in life" (BJU International, vol 92, p 211).
This is good news for me because I haven't reached my twenties yet, but I am bringing in a good habit to my twenties and I am on pace to keep up with the desired 5 ejaculations per week. But some people may not be on pace, and some may be in their twenties and completely ignoring masturbation. This is understandable because life is hectic in your twenties; you have to prepare for the future and it can become stressful, which could lead to less masturbation. I think that if there were...