National Masturbation Month started on 1 May 2011.
Good Vibrations, a San Francisco sex toy and education business, began National Masturbation Month in 1995. Earlier that year, US Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders was fired for saying masturbation should be discussed as part of young peoples' sex education. That was the end of her career, but the beginning of National Masturbation Month. Offended by Elders' ouster, Good Vibrations decided this was a good way to keep up the conversation about Elders's unjust firing and prompt people talk about masturbation.
Among the first steps taken by Good Vibrations was to promote masturbation as a healthy, safe and natural way to express one's sexuality. That’s because many people still feel guilty about it, or feel it's a second-best substitute for real sex. The company wants people to feel better about what they’re doing. And for those who aren’t, they hope to encourage people to do it and not feel bad about it.
You’re not alone if you masturbate. It’s the most popular and most frequently engaged in sexual activity around the world. In fact, many sexual health educators often refer to it as one of the cornerstones of sexual health. Studies show masturbation has documented emotional, physical and psychological benefits.