Self-Love Pamphlet Not Seeing the Love

A British town is telling teens it’s okay to handle their own equipment once in a while (for purely scientific reasons, of course). So why is the idea of self-love stirring up so much hate?

By (@JRRaphael)

July 15, 2009

MasturbationThe U.K. city of Sheffield knows what’s up. The town’s medical office is handing out leaflets to teens encouraging them to take matters into their own hands — yes, in that way.

The pamphlets, entitled “Pleasure,” remind teens that “an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away.” They contain the following message:

“Health promotion experts advocate five portions of fruit and veg a day and 30 minutes’ physical activity three times a week. What about sex or masturbation twice a week?”

Now, it’s no surprise some people who haven’t gotten laid in decades family advocacy groups are getting red-faced over the idea. Trevor Stammers, a member of an organization called Family and Youth Concern, calls the pamphlets “unbelievable.” Stammers tells the Telegraph he’d “like to know what scientific evidence there is” to back the claims of orgasms aiding health.

Right. We’ve certainly never seen any scientific evidence suggesting anything like that. To be fair, I guess most of that research wouldn’t come up in an office where Net Nanny is likely installed and set to China-like restrictions.

Just for some background, Stammers happens to have served as the chair of the Christian Medical Fellowship, an organization that encourages its members to bring their religious values into their medical practices. He spoke at a conference called the “CARE Campaign Against Internet Pornography” and reportedly once argued that “homosexuality and pedophilia are linked.” He also may or may not have the following poster framed on his wall:

Anti-Masturbation Ad

Sheffield medical officers, your pamphlet is a stroke of genius. Keep beating off the naysayers who try to whack your efforts down. They may diddle with your work, but their rosy palms can’t keep you from spreading the seeds of knowledge. We would applaud you to show our support, but — well…you know.

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