The topic of female sexuality is a sticky one. Historically seen as sexual objects but given little room to explore their own pleasure without being labeled, women have only recently been able to express themselves as wanting equal pleasure from their bodies as men, and still only in developed countries. But even as we move into understanding the female sexual response and empower women to expect more in the realm of church approved intercourse, conservative religious culture continues to frown upon and denounce any form of autoeroticism. Masturbation as a word has become associated with dirty and sinful images that we are told pollute the body and mind and remove us from the presence of the Spirit. But is it truly a sin or transgression? Is this view damaging to women by making us afraid of discovering our own pleasure and sexual fulfillment? It is inherently difficult for most women to be satisfied with intercourse alone, but many feel that anything outside of those lines is unnatural and should be avoided. How does this affect single women? Do men get more of a social “pass” because it is viewed as more difficult for them to control themselves? Please share with us your view of the morality of masturbation, particularly as it affects women’s sexuality in our poll this week. And feel free to respectfully and tastefully discuss your thoughts on this topic in the comments.
And for further reading and discussion, check out Jessawhy’s great post on the subject here.