Ask Rebel: Understanding Masturbation: A Healthy Self-Exploration

Dear RebelRed,

I've heard mixed views about masturbation, which have left me feeling confused and guilty due to societal stigma. Could you provide some clarity on this subject?

Confused in California

Dear Confused in California,

Kudos for bringing up a topic that's often shrouded in silence. Masturbation is a normal and healthy sexual activity with numerous benefits. It's a natural act that varies in frequency among individuals.

Physically, it can alleviate stress, improve sleep, and potentially contribute to a healthier sexual life. Mentally, it can boost self-confidence and body positivity.

However, if it begins to interfere with your daily life or causes distress, it might be time to seek professional advice.

The guilt and stigma associated with masturbation often come from societal norms, misinformation, or religious beliefs. Increasing education and understanding can help dispel these misconceptions.

Remember, masturbation is a personal decision, and understanding your body is an important part of your growth and health. If you still have concerns, consider speaking with a healthcare provider or a sex therapist.


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