Masturbation is frequent in both sexes and at any age. Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude toward sexual activity in general and to masturbation in particular. No causal relationship is known between masturbation and any form of mental or physical disorder. Masturbation has been depicted in art since prehistoric times, and is both mentioned and discussed in very early writings. In the 18th and 19th centuries, some European theologians and physicians described it as "heinous", "deplorable", and "hideous", but during the 20th century, these taboos generally declined.
The history of masturbation describes broad changes in society concerning the ethics, social attitudes, scientific study, and artistic depiction of masturbation over the history of sexuality. The sexual stimulation of one's own genitals has been interpreted variously by different religions , and has been the subject of legislation, social controversy, activism, as well as intellectual study in sexology. Social views regarding masturbation taboo have varied greatly in different cultures, and over history.
The Masturbate-a-thon is an event in which participants masturbate to raise money for charity and increase the public awareness and dispel the shame and taboos that exist about this form of sexual activity. Since then, it has encouraged people to get sponsors as a fundraiser for charities with a sex-positive focus. The slogan "Come for a Cause" was coined by Rachel Venning, the founder of the sex toy shop Babeland , formerly Toys in Babeland, which has branches in Seattle , in Brooklyn , and two in Manhattan. CSC is an education-based non-profit providing professional-level sex education. The annual events are used as a public-health-education device to increase awareness of self-pleasure as a strategy for safer and healthier sex and to de-stigmatize self-love. London hosted Europe's first "masturbate-a-thon" on 5 August It aims to remove the taboo and shame associated with masturbation. In , Masanobu Sato won the Masturbate-a-thon held by the Center of Sex and Culture in San Francisco after masturbating for nine hours and thirty-three minutes.
Masturbation is the sex ack o deirin upan ane's ain genitals for sexual pleasance or ither siclyke sexual pleisur, for ordinar til orgasm is raxed. Masturbation is duin maistlins evenlike amang baith sexes an athort aw ages frae youdith oan, abiet wi distans amang thaim. An inlaik o odias shaim for sex an masturbation is thocht tae bring sindry guid affcomes, an nae causal lynk is kent atween masturbation an ony ill affcome o bouk or harn. Masturbation haes kythed in airt syne faur in the bygane an haes been communed an derned in gye auncient scrievins.