The dark secret for a long healthy life is out. No, not in human cells or any pill but in masturbation! Dubbed as the ‘godmother of masturbation’, 85-year-old Betty Dodson has relaunched her masturbation masterclasses – strictly for women – in New York. According to a Guardian report, beginning early 1970s, she took women-only masturbation (named ‘bodysex’) classes at her Madison Avenue rented flat for 15 years.
After 50 years at the frontline of the sexual revolution, Dodson is now back for a new, bold audience. Known for her 1973 bestseller ‘Sex for One’, she wants to help a generation of women that she believes are not nearly as liberated as they think they are. ‘They are afraid of sex because they say it is too controversial. But I feel it is because they are personally too conflicted. They do not want to masturbate, they want Prince Charming. It’s Walt Disney. Puke. Barfarama,’ she was quoted as saying. (Read: Is it safe for women to masturbate?)
‘In the workshop, we share our orgasm with the group while being in control of our own clitoris,’ she said, adding that ‘keep up a sexual relationship with yourself’ for a better life. Dodson has also penned a hit biography titled ’2010 memoir, My Romantic Love Wars’. (Read: Can’t sleep without masturbating!)
What is masturbation?
Masturbation refers to the act of manually stimulating one’s genitals for sexual pleasure, mostly to the point of orgasm. Despite various myths about masturbation, there is absolutely no scientific data to suggest that it is detrimental to one’s health or causes any sort of physical or mental disorder.
In fact, masturbation has several health benefits. According to Dr Vijayasarathi Raman, ‘There are many sexual benefits associated with masturbation. It is the safest and most uncomplicated way to let out your sexual urges. It helps you learn more about your own body, become a better lover, helps the foreskin roll-over smoothly and can also prevent premature ejaculation. Many couples enjoy mutual masturbation as well.
The only problem can rise if you start masturbating compulsively and it starts affecting different facets of your life like work or studies. That’s when you should tell yourself to stop. You can set a time in a day and limit yourself to that period. The purpose of this article is not to force anyone to masturbate but to dispel and explain the many myths that are often associated with it. We are living in an era, which allows us to test our thought and beliefs. It is up to an individual to follow the beliefs or the facts. There is nothing right or wrong in either, as long as the person who follows it is happy and comfortable.’