With the Hand: A History of Masturbation, reminds us that solo sex has been shamed for too long. I'm not sure I agree when van Driel says that everyone masturbates---some people simply don't feel sexual. It's just how they are. And I believe them when they express this. But Mels van Driel writes an insightful and fascinating post. Here's an excerpt:
"Are there steps that can be taken to prevent people agonizing about masturbation? Yes, simple sex education from parents, whether or not with the support of a booklet or a good internet site, a few lessons at secondary school, and perhaps it would make good sense also in the education of social workers, nurses, doctors and psychologists to have a few lectures on evolutionary biology, since it is clear from that science that masturbation is not only a pleasurable but also a very meaningful activity."
Well worth a read. Also, those who are interested in my views on the term "masturbation" might enjoy a post I wrote for the Nervous Breakdown a while ago now.
Love yourselves, folks.