Hey, here's something that doesn't get talked about a lot: Masturbation. Whether you call it "rubbing one out," "twirling the pearl," or "polishing the pickle," there are actually a lot of facts about masturbation that you might not know.
One of the earliest known adult films, El Sartorio, was made in 1907. According to the film's official IMDB, it features women frolicking in a river, then frolicking over each other's bodies until the Devil appears and joins in on the fun. Oh Devil, you Casanova!
6. Over Seven Million Fleshlights Have Been Sold Worldwide
In the 1800s, it was very common for a woman to be diagnoses with hysteria. The only solution, according to doctors of the time? Massage a woman's clitoris until the hysteria is relieved. They didn't consider the "relief" to be orgasms because, at the time, women weren't believed to be able to experience sexual feelings. They were called "paroxysms" and the whole procedure was such a chore for doctors that they invented vibrators to do the work for them.
In a survey conducted by the Kinsey Institute, some of the top reasons that people admitted to watching porn were "to distract myself" and "because I can fantasize about things I would not necessarily want in real life." What about for the reliable background music?
The day, also in May, was created in honor of Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders. She was in office for over a year until President Clinton fired her for suggesting that students be taught about masturbation during sex education.
12. Adolescent Males Who Masturbate Are More Likely To Use Condoms
Graham Crackers are named after their creator, Sylvester Graham. This 19th-century minister was very, very anti-masturbation. In an effort to help kids avoid any kind of excitement, he decided to create a food without any overwhelming flavors. Thus, the Graham Cracker was born. But anyone who's ever had Graham Crackers with cinnamon apple tea knows that it's plenty exciting, so joke's on you, Sylvester!
14. Corn Flakes Were Also Invented To Stop Masturbation
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg also subscribed to the "bland food stops people from touching themselves" mindset, which is why he invented Corn Flakes. It's not a complete breakfast until it completely shames you about your natural urges!