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THE MYSTERIOUS ROOTS OF MASTURBATION

THE MYSTERIOUS ROOTS OF MASTURBATION

Do you know that most married people are in sexless affairs? Sex may occur, but not as satisfying as you can think. This is the reason why most people resort to solo play. Here is everything you need to know about the mysterious root of masturbation.

Sex reports from surveys are unreliable, but Google marks lack of sex as a main search on the internet. For this reason, most people mainly opt for masturbation. The practice is also common among married couples and partners in love relationships.  Read on to understand more about the origin of masturbation and other things to know about.

What Is Masturbation?

Masturbation is the deliberate self-stimulation for sexual pleasure. That was its first spelling in English in the 1700s. However, the earlier spelling in the 1600s was ‘mastupration .'Its origin was French, showing that the English spelling was available earlier. The French people had adopted it from Latin, ‘ masturbari .'This term has maintained its form for thousands of years. However, the origin of each word's element is unknown. It appears complete in Latin, making it harder to realize its ancestral recordings. 

The word’s roots have a long-standing elaboration. It involves alteration of 'turbare,’ which means to disturb. This confirms the link between ‘turbo’ and ‘masturbation’ sourced from ‘manstuprare.’ Here, the first syllable, ‘man,’ comes from ‘manu,' which also means ''hand .'The other part, 'stuprare,' means 'defile' and is associated with 'stupid' and 'stupified .'According to this theory, the literal meaning could be ‘ making someone stupid by hand .'The assessment is accurate following the action of the word.

As depicted in various prehistoric cave paintings, many animal species have been seen practicing masturbation. For instance, an Egyptian myth says that the god Atum created the space through masturbation, and the Egyptian Pharaoh masturbated in the Nile annually. Some traditional cultures apply masturbation as a right of passage into maturity. Some people, such as those from the Congo Basin, don't have a term for describing the practice, making them mixed up.

Divergent and substituted sexual actions, including same-sex love and masturbation, were considered peaceful and prosperous. For instance, during unstable days and high infant deaths, semen spilling was unmeaningful and wasteful. Still, people like the Sambia tribe in New Guinea value ejaculation as a rite of passage for young men. The semen comes by fellatio, meaning it gets consumed instead of spilling. The Greeks anciently considered masturbation normal. The elites were to increase the family line dutifully, and they got relieved by their slaves. 

Traditional Christians had a completely different perception of masturbation from sources from Genesis. When Er died, his father Judah commanded Onan, his son, to marry Tamar, Er's widow, to sire for his brother. However, when having sex with Tamar, Onan ejaculated on the ground- due to the dangers involved in fathering in his brother's family line, it cost a lot of inheritance. The whole thing didn't impress God. That's why masturbation and contraception are prohibited in the church. 

In the 19th century, a physician and psychiatrist declared that masturbation is common as an insanity cause in all nations. He recognized that in his mental disorders classification process, which was recognized until late 1968 when it was removed from this class. In 1972, it was announced normal. But made people carry the shame, guilt, and stigma till today. In 2014, an American teen boy committed suicide after being filmed by a friend in the washroom when he touched himself. Undoubtedly, masturbation can be a serious issue if it distresses, occurs in public, or undermines relationships. However, it doesn’t suggest people would become mad or blind. It’s the opposite because masturbation is beneficial in various ways.

Masturbation Benefits

Gives Pleasure and Convenience

Masturbation doesn’t require special tools, partners, or intricacies for sexual intercourse. While people view it as a poor sexual intercourse relative, it helps numerous couples engage in mutual masturbation. Most of them do it to improve their sexual lives and achieve the climax for both partners.

Shun Sex Related Illnesses

According to Leonard (2010), masturbation is harmless and convenient for everybody. It rarely causes pregnancy or transmission of sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV/AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea, and human papillomavirus. It's also safer from contracting coronavirus and flu.

It Builds Stronger and More Intimate Relationships

Unlike the famous perception among women, they experience a positive correlation between intercourse and masturbation frequency. Individuals who masturbate often have a higher sex drive. This drive increases when masturbation is performed mutually because it increases the frequency of sexual contact between partners. Following observation and performance, masturbation is handy in teaching partners about one another's pleasure spots, particularities, and provocative. Masturbation can help balance cases involving one partner having more sex drive than the other.

Faster Sleep

Brancato (2021) noted that masturbation reduces stress and enhances the production of feel-good chemicals, such as oxytocin and dopamine. For this reason, it improves sleep. It also causes a serenity, stillness, and sleepiness state.

Enhances Heart Fitness

As an exercise form, masturbation efficiently lowers tension and releases endorphins. This results in relaxed muscles and blood vessels that enhance blood circulation and lower heart rate.

Enhanced Reproductive Health

Masturbation in men releases low motility sperms and decreases prostate cancer risk. Performing it before intercourse can delay orgasm for men with premature ejaculation issues. It also increases vaginal acidity and mucus, protecting against cervical cancer. In addition, it strengthens the pelvic floor muscles making you more sexually active.

The Bottom Line

Masturbation can be traced way back to the ancient days. The name masturbation was derived from many other languages with pronunciation not far from it. Several traditional countries practice the act, with some tribes having it as a rite of passage for young adult boys. While the church may rebuke it, masturbation has various advantages, including increasing sleep and cardiovascular health.

References

Brancato, S. (2021). " Feeling Myself": Masturbation In Women's Coming Of Age Novels. Georgetown University.

Leonard, A. (2010). An Investigation Of Masturbation And Coping Style. In 38thAnnual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference.

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