Why is masturbation more shocking than sex?

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This piece is about female masturbation. I agree with its premise and conclusions. Self-pleasuring is still taboo to some as an “unnatural” or at least lesser act. For those with a theistic teleology, there is the question of what purpose such an act serves, and when it involves a woman using her body for her own pleasure, this question is even more prominent.

As author Clark-Flory notes, women are still seen primarily as sexual objects, not subjects. Women are symbols of sexual servitude, who exchange sex for something they need: love or at least a partner’s loyalty. For many people (I’m not sure where all these people live, but they apparently exist), it’s strange or off-putting to see women as active rather than passive sexual beings, out for their own pleasure and sexual satisfaction rather than merely to fulfill someone else’s.

Finally, author Clark-Flory notes a current underlying all of modern civilization, and an idea that I share based on experience of the world:

“After all, we’re supposed to be the gatekeepers holding humanity together — and if we’re not at our post, then who is?”

Indeed, women are seen, and have been for a long time, as the gatekeepers of morality and the bearers of tradition, the ones who intervene to provide an empathic and merciful counterpoint to the anti-social and often violent tendencies of men. I think men need to pick up the ball on this and stop relying on women to be the humane part of human culture. But I realize we have a long way to go to make this reality.

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