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History of National

Masturbation Month

May has cum, and so should you.


May 1st marks the first day of Nation Masturbation Month also known as International Masturbation Month. If you didn't know, you’re not alone. The annual observance isn't as high profile as other sexual celebration, but we at Emojibator are out to change that. 


It started in 1995 as a response to the forced resignation of U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders. After a speech at the UN World AIDS Day, an audience member asked Elders about masturbation’s potential for discouraging early sexual activity. She answered,“I think it is something that is part of human sexuality and a part of something that perhaps should be taught.”


That was the end of the first black Surgeon General’s Washington career, but the beginning of National Masturbation Month. The founders of San Fran based sex shop Good Vibrations said, "Enough is enough!" They wanted to do two things: keep up the conversation about Elders firing and make people talk about masturbation.

Good Vibrations recognized many people needed support and advice regarding self love.  For so long, shame and stigma have been attached to masturbating. Yet the truth is it is an activity is a part of human sexuality, natural, pleasurable and healthy it is said "ninety-eight percent of us masturbate" and the other two percent are liars.

So go ahead, don't be afraid to get to know yourself a little more intimately to celebrate Masturbation Month!