It’s May, Enjoy Yourself

Back in 1995, Good Vibrations declared May to be Masturbation Month.

Earlier that year, then-Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders was fired for saying that masturbation should be discussed as part of young peoples’ sex education. We were astounded. It was one of the most sensible things we’d ever heard a government official say — and it cost Elders her job! We started National Masturbation Month to raise awareness, and because we wanted to highlight the importance of masturbation for nearly everyone: it’s safe, it’s healthy, it’s free, it’s pleasurable and it helps people get to know their bodies and their sexual responses. Of all the kinds of sex people can have, masturbation is the most universal and important, yet few people talk about it freely — worse, many people still feel it is “second best” or problematic in some way. National Masturbation Month lets us emphasize how great it is: it’s natural, common and fun! This year’s theme is “D.I.Y.” Do it yourself! Nobody does it better!

AutoStraddle has compiled a personal play list for the month.

Teardrop – Massive Attack

Emerald Eyes – Von Iva

Both Hands – Ani Difranco

Layla (Unplugged) – Eric Clapton

Oops (Oh My) – Tweet, featuring Missy Elliot

On & On – Erykah Badu

Touch of My Hand – Britney Spears

Fingers – P!nk

Glory Box – Portishead

All Is Full Of Love – Björk

White – Frank Ocean, John Mayer

Woman – Rhye

Breathe Me – Sia

Explode – Uh Huh Her

Of course, keeping with this year’s theme, I would be remiss if I didn’t include Carly Simon’s Nobody Does it Better. Or, for those  who like peace and quiet, there is always John Cage’s 4:33 

Whatever you listen to, enjoy yourself. Spring is in the air.

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