“The only thing about masturbation to be ashamed of is doing it badly.” –Sigmund Freud
If ever there were a place in life to allow our curiosity free reign, it would be in the realm of our sexual exploration. Becoming curious is a powerful antidote to both the fear and the shame that has long shadowed both the desire and experience of pleasure. Indeed, there are many sexual educators and therapists that consider the ability to self- pleasure as the cornerstone of sexual health. It’s not a stretch to consider that a large percentage of the sexual dysfunction that so many people suffer from might easily have begun with the shame and anxiety about touching oneself early in life. In fact, there is a clear correlation between the degree of guilt that early physical curiosity met and the ability to experience sexual pleasure in adult life.