Have you ever had an orgasm this month? It’s a personal question, but almost a week after what’s recognized, in some circles, like “No Nut November”, it’s worth asking.
Like its likely namesake No Shave November – along with other monthly movements like Dry January and Sober October – No Nut November is apparently another nifty internet challenge designed to promote some sort of personal or social improvement. Unlike these movements, however, which encourage followers to explore the benefits of semi-sobriety for physical and mental well-being or to stop shaving for a month to raise awareness of men’s health, the challenge of No Nut November to avoid ejaculation for 30 days has dark origins in sex. negative, outdated and often misogynistic ideologies, and no real health benefits to talk about. On the contrary, sexual health experts suggest that abstaining from sex and masturbating for an entire month could actually be bad for men’s health.
Enter “Yes Nuts NovemberThe anti-No Nut November campaign launched this year by adult cam site Stripchat to encourage men to continue dating this month, and every month after. While one porn site has an obvious incentive to attack a movement that asks men to get rid of their onanistic habits, the “Yes Nut” campaign calls for reinforcing the outdated attitudes of No Nut that present sex and masturbation as shameful practices reflecting some kind of moral or social. sick, while drawing attention to the potential health risks of forgoing ejaculation for 30 consecutive days.
“It’s actually quite dangerous for men to stop ejaculating for a month in a row,” says Max Bennett of Stripchat, citing a Harvard University. study This suggests that frequent ejaculation may reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.
While the idea that it is “dangerous” for men to go without an orgasm seems vaguely old-school, bullshit arguments designed to push women into sexual activity lest they doom them. partner to the horrors of the “blue balls”, sexual health experts agree that there is a positive link between frequent ejaculation and men’s health.
“For better prostate health, doctors recommend that men orgasm about 21 times per month,” says a clinical psychologist and a certified sex therapist. Dr David J. Ley, adding that frequent orgasms can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by up to 33%.
Does that mean your balls will explode if you go 30 days without getting off? Probably not, but abstaining from ejaculation might not help you either. “We can’t say that No Nut November is going to give you prostate cancer, but there’s no evidence that it will help,” says Dr. Ley.
Regardless of what No Nut November does or does not do to the prostate, abstaining from all forms of sex, including solo sex, for an extended period of time could have negative effects on sexual health and l appetite in general. “Our sexuality is like a muscle, and not exercising it weakens it, it doesn’t make it stronger,” Dr. Ley tells InsideHook. “Researchers find that abstinence and abstention from ejaculation in men appear to decrease testosterone.”
These findings directly contradict one of the founding principles of No Nut November: the idea that by abstaining from ejaculation, men can preserve or strengthen their virility. This notion is an integral part of the NoFap movement, a precursor to No Nut November which started on Reddit in 2011. By reinforcing a distorted understanding of the male ejaculate as the motto of masculinity, the two movements reflect dated and ultimately nefarious mindsets that tend to overlap with more aggressive, misogynistic and downright violent communities including human rights activists, incels, and artist collectors.
“If No Nut November was all about encouraging men to be more aware, aware and intentional about their sexuality, I would be all for it,” says Dr. Ley. “Sadly, the No Nut November movement is a recruiting tool for anti-porn groups and is based on deeply misogynistic, heteronormative, and outdated ideas about masculinity and sex.”
Moreover, even if one manages to participate in No Nut November without falling into the burrow of men’s rights activism, the movement still reinforces unhealthy ideas about sexuality and masturbation.
“By promoting the idea that self-control, virility, morality and virility are best demonstrated through abstinence, this movement replicates the ideas of the late 1800s, when Kellogg invented Corn Flakes as an anti-food. -masturbation, ”says Dr. Ley. “People who don’t have sex aren’t more good at self-control than others, and resisting masturbation doesn’t make you a better person or a stronger man.”
That said, there is nothing wrong with taking the time to think about your masturbating regimen, especially if you find certain aspects worrisome or simply unsatisfying. “I recommend that men can benefit from taking a step back from their sexuality, thinking about it and the role they want it to play in their lives,” says Dr. Ley.
As we’ve discussed, there’s never been a better time to practice self-pleasure like taking care of yourself through more mindful masturbation, and getting rid of some of the more worrying aspects of your solo sex life. is a great place to start.
“I ask men, ‘Who is your sexual role model and why? Are you ashamed of your sexuality, the porn you watch, or any fantasies you have? If so, why? Says Dr. Ley. “Exploring these things and finding ways to develop sexual integrity are important things that all men really need to do. But giving up orgasms for a month probably won’t help you down that road. “
To crush or not to crush may be the question of the month, but if, when and how often your orgasm is ultimately nobody else’s business. That said, don’t let the internet stop you from going down. In November and every November, feel free to go out and go crazy.
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