Historical views on masturbation

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In the U. Today internet porn is the subject of constant argument and frequent media attention. That reflects a dramatic shift, reversing hundreds of years of diligent, judgmental efforts to stamp out self-pleasure, as anthropologist Michael S. Patton writes. Patton writes that condemnation of masturbation goes way back in Jewish and Christian theology. Early Christians saw it as a threat to the survival of humanity.

The Solitary Vice: Victorian Views on Masturbation

Review: A Cultural History of Masturbation by Thomas W Laqueur | Books | The Guardian

Photo by Wellcome Images. Condemned, celebrated, shunned: masturbation has long been an uncomfortable fact of life. The anonymous author of the pamphlet Onania was very worried about masturbation. The fear was not confined to men.

A handy history

My guess is that more people will be interested in reading this short review than probably any other review I've ever written, which has nothing to do with me - it's just that there are probably more people interested in the subject under discussion than in, say, the history of avant-garde poetry. On this particular topic, everybody's an expert. In Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation Thomas W Laqueur, a professor of history at the University of California at Berkeley, reviews more than 2, years of thinking and writing about masturbation, and his conclusions are shocking. Masturbation as we know it, he claims, was invented in about , born of a tract that named a new disease and singlehandedly created a "nearly universal engine for generating guilt, shame, and anxiety". Before the early s, Laqueur argues, masturbation was not a subject of great interest or speculation.
Tate Museum. During the Victorian era, masturbation—also known as self-pollution, self-abuse, or onanism—was believed to be both a moral and a physical evil. By the 19 th century, concerns about the evil effects of masturbation had risen to epic proportions. The solitary vice was being discussed in medical texts and religious treatises. And the Victorians—who ascribed moral value to self-discipline and restraint—were driven to devise various means of discouraging and controlling it.