Masturbation Stories

Since it was proven beyond any shadow of doubt that primates, who have very similar DNA to the human one, actually masturbate, people have become more and more interested to know when masturbation became a largely spread practice. It probably dates back to ancient times, although no masturbation stories are known about the cave man. Nowadays, people get informed on masturbation just by surfing the net, consulting websites like Clitoris.com or others. Information is at the tip of their fingers. But masturbation stories are not new and they are a few throughout history. Egyptians believed that Shu and Tefnut, largely the equivalents of Adam and Eve, were created by one of their gods, Atum, through the act of masturbation.

Summerian masturbation stories and legends explain how ancient god Enki masturbated and ejaculated, thus creating the river Tigris. But in the Judeo-Christian tradition, masturbation is condemned and referred to as Onanism, which means Onan’s sin. Apparently, what actually happened was that Onan refused to have a child with his brother’s widow and preferred to ejaculate outside her uterus.

Unsurprisingly, when men became acquainted with the concept of “germs”, masturbation was considered a very dirty and harmful thing to do and it was blamed for most ailments, blindness included. A considerably rich folklore promoting this idea started spreading around Europe and not beyond. Paradoxically, masturbation stories tell us how English doctors of the time of Queen Victoria used to prescribe vibrating devices to their female patients apparently suffering from hysteria. But a timeline of the history of masturbation stories will take us also to the late 18th century, when a German doctor receiving various letters from his patients commented upon those dealing with masturbation that they were very detailed and imaginative and obviously inspired by the books of Pierre Francois Tissot.  Actually, the letters were written in such a manner as if they had been written by French writer Tissot himself.

Later, during the late 19th century, the main reason for confiscating an anthology of short stories written in the naturalist style, was the fact that it included a short story on masturbation, called ”Panizza” in Italian. In 1884 Strindberg published a very shocking short story for that time, which dealt with masturbation. It was part of a short story collection entitled “Married”. Finally, Strindberg was prosecuted, not about the masturbation topic but for joking about the Holy Communion.

Masturbation stories seem to be more popular now than ever, as they are considered a sort of final frontier for literature to some extent. A relatively recent short story on masturbation, first published by a French newspaper and then printed by a reputable British literary magazine caused much debate as its main subject is female masturbation, no less. Last, but not least, the educational role masturbation stories have played throughout history cannot be denied. Of course these stories also spread myths and misconceptions as well, but they mostly helped people become acquainted to the fact that masturbating is only natural and that it is done by everyone, regardless of culture. Far from being the dangerous, stigmatizing act it was believed to be, masturbating was proven to have therapeutic qualities, such as releasing stress and depression and strengthening some people’s self esteem. Stories about masturbation have traveled all around the world.