Why Masturbation Should Be a Part Of Your Self-Care Ritual
Ahh I'm just going to come right out and say it, masturbation is a form of self-care and y'all should be indulging in it as much as you like. It wasn't until I was talking to a girlfriend about the idea of mindful sex and masturbation that I realised, talking about masturbation is still very much a taboo topic for some women.
I find it so interesting that we're happy to openly talk about BDSM and having sex with strangers with a single swipe, yet female masturbation still carries some porn-star vibes connotations?
Slightly bewildered, I decided to chat to We-Vibe ambassador, sex educator and intimacy coach, Georgia Grace, who explained that when it comes to normalising masturbation (especially as a form of self-care) we still have a long way to go.
"There is a genuine need for people to have better access to understanding and exploring sexual wellness through masturbation . . . It should be as normal and accessible as making a cup of tea, eating lunch or sleeping in on a Sunday."
*Wildly nods in agreement*
As a woman, it's SO important to build that relationship with yourself and your body. You need to explore your sexuality solo and with partners in order to find out what you need from intimacy, what you like and what you don't.
"It's remarkable that solo female pleasure is still taboo. Practicing sexual self-care is inquiring and creating a relationship with sexuality that is useful for you. It is understanding that whatever it means for you, and it is vital to your overall health and happiness," says Georgia.
That said, sexual self care isn't about being overly handsy with yourself and masturbating everyday. "Sexual self care doesn't mean you have to be having lots of sex, or you have to be highly orgasmic, or masturbating every day. It's about mindfully
experiencing sensations that can expand your relationship with pleasure."
Though, Georgia does recommend masturbating regularly as there are tonnes of benefits, "It supports stress relief, helps you sleep, boosts your libido, supports connection with others and so much more."
At the end of the day, if you're keen to explore the idea of masturbation as self care it's 100 percent up to you, and if it helps dissolve any feelings of guilt or shame, just remind yourself that it comes expert recommended, "A healthy masturbation practice is good for you!"
Oh, and once you've incorporated it into your self-care sessions, post-face mask, try talking to your mates about it, you might learn a thing or two, and you'd be helping to break down this outdated stigma.