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Masturbation: All points of view

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Many adults find masturbation -- particularly when performed by youth -- to be a very sensitive topic.

Many individuals -- particularly teens -- have been taught that masturbation is a serious sin and suffer from immense guilt when they do it. Some religious denominations even teach that people who masturbate are in great danger of spending eternity in Hell under very some uncomfortable circumstances -- flogging, worms, intolerable heat and thirst, and darkness.

On the other hand, many sources of sexual information recommend masturbation for:

bullet Males because it lowers their incidence of prostate cancer later in life,
bulletFemales because it can relieve menstrual cramps, and
bulletBoth male and females because it helps them to learn their body's sexual responses, helps them relax, and feels really good.

We have tried to be objective in our treatment of this issue, and to describe fairly from all viewpoints.

This essay is dedicated to the past U.S. Surgeon General, Joycelyn Elders. When asked a question about sex education in public schools, she stated: "perhaps masturbation was something that should be taught." Within hours, she was asked to resign. Within days, she was gone from public service.

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According to the FAQ at, masturbation  is "sexual activity involving only one person." 1 Other widely used emotionally neutral terms are: "self-stimulation," "auto-eroticism" and "self-pleasuring."

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Masturbation topics covered in this section:

bulletQuotations and an overview
bulletMedical beliefs by:
bulletThe medical profession in past centuries

bulletThe medical profession, currently
bulletVarious religious beliefs:
bulletPast Christian teachings, Wiccan, Religious liberals, Mormons

bulletConservative Protestants

bulletThe Roman Catholic church

bulletAcceptance by some conservative and mainline Protestant groups
bullet Islam and Hinduism.

bulletBuddhism and Judaism.

bulletMasturbation and the Bible
bulletPassages which have been interpreted as forbidding masturbation
bulletDid Jesus forbid masturbation in Matthew 5:28?
bulletMeanings of the Greek words "Pornea" and "Akatharsia" ("fornication" and "uncleanness") in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament)
bulletLinks to other websites

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Reference used:

  1.  "President Kimball Speaks Out," Deseret Book Co., (1981), Page 10.

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