I do remember when former U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders was fired for her statements on masturbation and a need for it to be in sexual education. She was and continues to be an advocate for drug legalization, but it was her comments in 1994 at a United Nations conference on AIDS that forced the Clinton administration to throw her under the bus (ah yes, those disappointing Clinton years).
Elders was asked at the conference if it would be appropriate to promote masturbation to prevent risk of STDs and other risky behaviors. She said this:
"I think that it is part of human sexuality, and perhaps it should be taught."
Other write-ups on Masturbation Month link to Good Vibrations. The founders of the sex toy shop started this special month in honor of Elders, and yeah, self-love.
Want more info? I'm going to recommend the lesbian blog Auto Straddle, because they include a handy, self-serve play list with a range of tunes just for Masturbation Month. Please, check it out here.
The word masturbation. Wow. Thank goodness Homeland Security wasn't around back then. Check out the video below — when masturbation and fear collide, but in a funny French way:
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