Quit clicking your mouse! Brigham Young University is warning students about the perils of masturbation, comparing it to warfare and urging students to report chronic masturbators to faculty. Now, personally I think it is a bit more depraved to tell students to be on the look out for masturbators than to tell them to stop masturbating.
BYU released a video to end the “social stigma against those who speak up in the face of evil.” There is a lot of evil in the world: oppression, poverty, classism, racism, prejudice, violence—why don’t we put our energy into ending that before we start splitting hairs about masturbation (which we should never do anyway). Masturbation is actually incredibly healthy (and there are actually no negatives to it). According to WebMD, “In one national study, 95% of males and 89% of females reported that they have masturbated. Masturbation is the first sexual act experienced by most males and females. In young children, masturbation is a normal part of the growing child’s exploration of his or her body. Most people continue to masturbate in adulthood, and many do so throughout their lives.”
While I understand that Brigham Young is a Mormon university and so they probably have confused notions about what masturbation means, they should consider the fact that self-service is the safest kind of sex because it isn’t sex at all and as far as religious ideals go if you can find alternatives to pre-marital sex isn’t that a good thing?
If you watch the video you’ll find a “confused and lonely” young man whose masturbation SPIRALS into addiction to pornography, he stops going to church and “there is darkness in his eyes,” which is the most ridiculous slippery slope ever. I have no idea why this university has a vendetta against masturbation of all things but it seems pretty stupid. BYU is a private university so it has every right to create whichever policies it pleases but these values are archaic and call me crazy but I do think all religions have a place in modern times in one form or another and part of the reason why many feel like they don’t is because of body shaming and sexual shaming like this.
[Via. The Daily Beast]