By Maddy Siriouthay, Co-founder
Masturbation is an act that is so unrightfully shamed for being “deviant,” or “gross,” or “weird” when really, it’s one of the most natural, unharmful and healthy acts of self-care. This stigma is especially amplified when you’re raised as a woman, because sexism. Female sexuality is repressed, controlled and shamed from a young age, and that can impact our relationship with sex for the rest of our lives.
...Which might be an explanation at the gender disparity of masturbation rates between men and women. According to a study conducted by Tenga, a sex toy company, 92 percent of men have tried masturbation as opposed to 76 percent of women. According to the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, 36.5 percent of women ages 18-24 haven’t masturbated in the last year, as opposed to 18.5 percent of men of the same age.