Ladies, you should probably masturbate more

Women. It’s time for your semi-regularly scheduled reminder that masturbating is fun and healthy and will not, in fact, cause hairy palms or whatever the hell the anti-sex brigade is claiming these days. Because if these numbers don’t lie, you could probably stand to be getting yourself off waaaaay more often…

chart of masturbation rates by gender and age

The data was complied by FiveThirtyEight from the most recent National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior. (h/t Io9)

Maya DusenberyMaya can’t remember the last time she found herself in such a small minority.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Editorial.

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  • Jacqueline Hentzen

    How were the surveyors defining ‘masturbation’? Any kind of sexual activity that didn’t involve another party? Penetration? A complete orgasm? The intention behind the action? Those kinds of questions aren’t only scientifically important, but would help get a sense of how women define masturbation because of the screwed-up ideal that society gives us (aka masturbation is something only men can do because if it doesn’t involve the penis, it’s not sexual)

    Oh, and IT’S GOOD FOR YOU! Helps lower blood pressure, helps you sleep at night, relieves minor aches and pains without any of the side effects of drugs… yeah, masturbation is a wonderful, wonderful thing.