• Gabrielle Ditt

Is it Okay to Masturbate?

Updated: Oct 29, 2018

Seriously? We shouldn’t be even asking ourselves this question. But as the society often has it, it is not up to us to decide what and when we can and cannot do. Masturbation is a deeply satisfactory process which everyone should be allowed to enjoy without having to feel restricted in any way.


Illustration by Jack Zhang

We are all humans and we were born a certain way (right, Gaga?). Throughout life, we learn and practise techniques which lead to satisfaction, in various forms, such as orgasm. It is (often) the end result of masturbation, which a positive impact on our body and mind. From shivers and stress-release to feeling refreshed and energised, orgasm has different effect on different people. Many associate orgasm with pleasurable feelings but if you do not count yourself among those, please, stop reading now. 


Pleasing oneself can be a tricky business. It takes months if not years to discover what is happening in between the legs and what (not) to touch in order to achieve one’s climax. Finding a suitable situation to practise self-pleasing can be even more challenging. Why? Because not always do you want to get caught whilst at it (although it does add to the thrill) neither would you necessarily share this moment with anyone else. Whichever way you prefer, it does not matter, as long as you enjoy yourself.

Pleasing yourself is something we should all be celebrating and not hiding away from others.

Nobody can dictate you when, where and how you should masturbate. The only advice is to listen to your own body, it will send the right signal in the righ moment which will lead to something fantastic; if not today, then maybe tomorrow or any another day, there is no rush.


Easier said than done. Getting used to one’s body takes a lifetime and feeling comfortable in it requires a lot of time and patience (although artists like Faces I Don't Know or Lily M-J contribute to speeding up this process). Body positivity cannot be achieved over night, but exploring your own body through masturbation is a damn good way to start.


And so, next time you touch yourself, please, try to compress the feeling of guilt. Pleasing yourself is something we should all be celebrating and not hiding away from others. We love to masturbate. Don’t you?

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