Masturbation has always been sort of a taboo subject (except at Gurl where I feel like we talk about it all the time), so obviously there are a lot of masturbation myths out there. I’m not surprised – myths usually come about when people are too afraid to talk candidly about something. I’ve heard a lot of myths about masturbation that are just completely ridiculous and, well, enough is enough.
The truth is, masturbation is healthy, fun and perfectly normal, despite the fact that your friends may not admit to doing it. We all do it. If you need more convincing, read these facts about masturbation. If you need even more convincing, read on, as I debunk the 8 most common myths about masturbation. These are so silly they are actually funny.
Every Time You Masturbate, A Kitten DiesThis image has been around since the Internet started, I'm pretty sure. I remember seeing it as a naive kid, fresh out of Catholic school and thinking for less than a second, "REALLY?!" Then common sense kicked in and I laughed. This is probably more of a joke myth, but if you've ever taken it seriously, please don't. Masturbation has nothing to do with kittens. And if it does, I don't want to say that's weird, but... well, that's pretty weird.
Masturbation Makes You Blind (Or Causes Acne or Baldness)I have no idea where this myth came about, but I've heard it several times. I'm thinking either a bunch of neurotic parents made it up or the Catholic church created this lie as a way to scare people. Seriously, don't even worry about this for a second. Masturbation does not make you blind. It also won't make you bald or give you acne. Come on now. How would that even be possible? Source: ShutterStock
Masturbation Is A Form Of CheatingHow can you cheat on someone... with yourself? I have never understood this logic. Masturbating is just a way of exploring your own body. You can't consider thoughts or urges cheating because if you did, then basically everyone in relationships would be cheating on each other. You know? Source: ShutterStock
You'll Go To Hell If You MasturbateI've written about this before, but I used to be terrified of masturbation because of my old Catholic school. The nuns there convinced us all that masturbating was a sin and that doing it would send you straight to purgatory and most likely hell. I know that masturbation is against the Catholic church and while I respect religious beliefs, I find this hard to take seriously. I've never died before, but I'm assuming that everyone who has is not hanging in purgatory talking about how masturbation got them there. Just a thought. Source: ShutterStock
Boys Masturbate More Than GirlsThis is probably a myth because dudes are way more willing to talk about masturbating than ladies are. For some reason, it's completely socially acceptable for a guy to masturbate and then talk about it than it is for a girl to do the same. This is ridiculous. There are plenty of girls out there who masturbate just as much as boys. There are also girls who masturbate more than some boys! Source: ShutterStock
Masturbating Makes It More Difficult For You To Have An Orgasm During SexI've heard people say that once you start getting an orgasm from masturbating, you can't get one from actual sex. This is not true. If anything, masturbating will make sex better because it will allow you to figure out what feels good and what doesn't. Basically, it's like practicing to have better sex. Source: ShutterStock
You Shouldn't Masturbate Every DayAs we said right here, it's totally okay to masturbate every day. The only time it starts to get out of control is if you're letting it interfere with your life - like you're not going out or doing things because you'd rather masturbate. It's fine to pleasure yourself every day as long as you're not feeling like you HAVE to, you know? Source: ShutterStock
If You're Masturbating When In A Relationship, That Means The Sex Isn't GoodJust because you or your BF masturbates doesn't mean the sex you're having sucks. It's completely normal and acceptable to masturbate even when you have someone to have regular sex with. It's just different, you know? Sometimes it's nice to have some solo fun. It doesn't mean there is anything wrong with the sex you're having, it just means you want to pleasure yourself. Source: ShutterStock
Have you ever heard these myths? Have you ever believed any of them? Which ones? What did I miss? Tell me in the comments!