Anybody home? Anybody out there? Yooo hooo!
Been trying to generate some conversation here but I need some help. I didn't think it was going to be quite so hard to get people to talk about sex. But seemingly it is.
So come on don't be shy. We want to hear what you have to say.
For this week's topic of discussion I am going to start off by telling you that May is National Masturbation Month. You didn't know? I didn't either until I read this article about it. Writer, Kelly Spies, tells us how it all got started:
"Masturbation Month was originally started in 1995 by a company called Good Vibrations to protest firing U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders. Elders was asked a question about safe sex and responded with, "Masturbation is something that perhaps should be taught." Sex education providers around the nation agreed with her but the conservative consensus did not and so she was canned. In lieu of that firing, Good Vibrations decided to rage war against the conservatives by bringing masturbation to the front lines; to make it a visible topic of discussion amongst Americans."
Masturbation seems a hot topic for spring as Oprah had a show on recently about sex education and talking about self pleasure created quite a bit of controversy.
Opinion writer, Suzanne Venker, describes what happened on the show:
"Dr. Laura Berman, one of Oprah's guests, goes even further. In her handbook titled "The Sex Ed Handbook" (which can be downloaded from Oprah's website), Berman suggests this to mothers: "You might want to have a candid talk with your daughter about exploring or learning about her body or even offer her a simple clitoral vibrator."
Oprah and her best friend Gayle King argue about whether this is a good idea or not.
Venker agrees with Gayle King when she says: "You do NOT need to hand your daughter a vibrator or your son a condom."
She is not the only one who feels this way as illustrated by the very long thread about this topic on the Oprah community web site.
So what do you think?
Is masturbation a topic we can talk about? And can we or should we discuss it with our kids? Should it be something our children learn about in sex education classes?
We want to hear what you think. Please share your thoughts and opinions here.
Published On: May 07, 2009