New Instagram trend is daring people to masturbate for 30-days straight
Masturbation is a normal part of being human. Unfortunately, however, it's an activity that's inherently taboo - especially for women.
But one Instagram challenge is here to change this and I am HERE for it.
Because if you didn't know it already, May is Masturbation Month, and to celebrate, the co-hosts of the Shameless Sex podcast, Amy Baldwin and April Lampert, have created the Self-Pleasure 30-Day Instagram Challenge.
Now, before we give you the deets, I want to take this opportunity to outline the benefits of masturbation.
It's well-known that the vast majority of women can't orgasm through penetrative sex alone, and it's also pretty well-known that women who enjoy lady love are far more likely to get off than those who don't.
So if you're a person with lady parts whose sex life is lacking, try masturbating and letting go of that patriarchial shame which says people with vaginas can't enjoy sex. We can. And the more we self-pleasure, the more we will know about our bodies, which is invaluable when it comes to teaching partners what we want in the bedroom.
As for people with penises, while there's less shame around you masturbating, you, just like everyone else, should be allowed to masturbate as often as your sex drive dictates (as long as it's not having a detrimental effect on your life).
Okay, now back to the challenge. As its name suggests, the Self-Pleasure 30-Day Instagram Challenge involves masturbating for 10 minutes a day for a glorious 30 days. However, there's a catch, you're not allowed to watch porn or use a sex toy to get you off.
Amy and April wrote: "The intention of this challenge is to help de-stigmatize #selfpleasure while also giving participants an opportunity to connect with their own pleasure/body on a deeper level."
The pair explained the ban on porn and sex toys: "The intention of this challenge isn't to shame people for using vibrators or porn.
"It's to give them an opportunity to connect to the subtle sensations in their bodies that are often hard to feel with vibrators. There's a lot available in the slowness and presence that comes with using hands."
In addition to masturbating, participants have been invited to send Amy and April an anonymous picture describing how they currently stimulate themselves in 10 words or less.
Naturally, once the challenge is over, or during May, participants can then contact the girls again with another anonymous picture explaining in 10 words or less what they've learned.
On that note, happy Masturbation Month!