We live in an age where masturbation is normal and essential. In our post-modern times, there is no shame to having a happy, relaxing moment with yourself. Yet masturbation has a chequered history and has been subject to prevalent cultural values. You might say it’s had its ups and downs.
Historians think that certain ancient civilisations celebrated masturbation. For instance in southern Mesopotamia, it was thought to enhance potency. In ancient Egypt, male masturbation was the central part of their creation myth. Egyptian Pharaohs masturbated ceremonially into the Nile to ensure the regular ebb and flow of the river. Whether the average man was thought a god when discovered pleasuring himself, isn’t recorded.Read more