Thanks to much dialogue and a lot of written word, sex is not longer a taboo in many households. And yet, it is still not discussed as much or as easily as one would like. Drag into this the topic of masturbation, and conversations tend to dry up faster than one can say orgasm. The word, if said in public, is followed by a shocking gasp or a stern look asking you to shush. It is considered to be talked only between the sheets that too in euphemisms. Masturbation involves self-stimulation of organs to self please and to explore the human body. There is a lot of stigma and debate regarding the health consequences of masturbation around the world, hence, the topic is loathed by many. It has been looked down upon for religious reasons as it is considered ‘unnatural’ and a direct threat to social construction that we need people to gain pleasure.
On the contrary, many people have supported and pressed on raising awareness about this sensitive subject. Allegedly, it is claimed that if children are taught about masturbation, consent, and sex, it can significantly reduce the surging rape culture that is prevalent in all societies.
So, people at WatchCut decided to do get the topic out in public. In their famous series ‘Parents Explain’, this week they decided to get the conversation started about masturbation and let parents lift the taboo around it and explain masturbation with the use of adult toys.
The video has garnered mixed response from the viewers. While some supported the awareness raising and educating children, many cringed and stated the children were too small to talk about the sensitive subject.
Here’s what people have to say:
“I think this was awesome. Masturbating has been made out to be a taboo act, and it’s ridiculous. It feels good, it’s self-love, and you can stay safe. I tell my son if he feels the need to touch his penis and explore his body, that he should do it in private. He will be 3. Kids. Touch. Themselves. Completely normal. I’d rather an educated child than a pregnant child.”
“No, this is not educational. I’m cringing. Masturbation is not a crime but is a very sensitive topic. A consenting adult can go through compulsive distress, addiction or it interfering in their daily life if not controlled or becomes too dependent on it. What more if you’re a child. This is too extreme for a child’s mind. It’s tainting them what they do not know yet.”
“This is great! This is the age kids begin to explore themselves. Y’all are uncomfortable about having this conversation with kids bc of the societal taboo around sex. Vicious cycle. This is a way to break that cycle. Sexuality happens whether you have the conversation or not. And sex isn’t something to be ashamed of.”
“The toys took it too far, this is just weird. Telling your kids it’s ok to explore themselves and explaining anatomy is all that’s needed at this age. Not showing them what to do, explaining what you do… no that is just too much.”
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