“Don’t knock masturbation. It’s sex with someone I love.” ~ Woody Allen
“That masturbation is abnormal and unnatural is also indicated by the fact that abnormal, mentally deranged people are notorious masturbators. Somewhat similarly, The Bremerton Sun (Washington) states that many mentally disturbed priests and nuns are chronic masturbators.”
“Likewise, unclean practices, such as masturbation, which can be a steppingstone to homosexuality, have been dealt with in a serious, yet understanding, way, to help individuals keep clean and pure in Jehovah’s eyes.”
People do knock masturbation, setting up guilt trips that orgasm should be reserved for conception or when married for religious reasons and scare stories like excessive masturbation will cause your penis to shrink (no it will not). Let us be clear – if masturbation is effecting your ability to keep a roof over your head or lead an active social life seek professional medical help.
Those religious quotes were how I was taught to view masturbation in the Jehovah’s Witnesses as a child. Indeed, this article would be viewed as “modern propaganda” by them:
“So, while many psychiatrists and doctors make it appear that guilt feelings about masturbation are attributable entirely to one’s ‘social indoctrination and upbringing,’ the opposite may well be the case. That is, it is more likely that, where there is an absence of such feeling of guilt, this is due to the individual’s previously having been influenced by others to believe that the practice of masturbation is really “all right,” “normal,” even “beneficial.” In reality modern propaganda tries to stifle or undermine God-given conscience.”
How do you overcome such religious indoctrination? For me it was taking matters into my own hands.
This included looking at the advice of medical opinion, the scientific evidence, as well as practise makes perfect.
Please, just do not go to a guilt merchant peddling woo to instruct you on getting a grip.
[Update: Clare Flourish has confirmed the photo was a prank played at the university which you can read about on Huff Post]
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog