masturbation

noun
mas·​tur·​ba·​tion | \ ˌmas-tər-ˈbā-shən \

Definition of masturbation

: erotic stimulation especially of one's own genital (see genital sense 2) organs commonly resulting in orgasm and achieved by manual (see manual entry 1 sense 1) or other bodily contact exclusive of sexual intercourse, by instrumental manipulation (see manipulate sense 1), occasionally by sexual fantasies, or by various combinations of these agencies

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Plus, most people use masturbation as the occasional stress release. Vanessa Marin, Allure, "Ask a Sex Therapist: My Boyfriend's Love of Porn Makes Me Feel Insecure — What Should I Do?," 9 Aug. 2018 Back in July, Disney cut ties with Gunn after far-right personalities uncovered old (now-deleted) tweets in which Gunn joked about rape, pedophilia, and masturbation. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Warner Bros. has hired ex-Marvel director James Gunn to work on a Suicide Squad sequel," 9 Oct. 2018 The abuse ranged from groping and masturbation to anal, oral and vaginal rape. Marc Levy, The Seattle Times, "Report: Pennsylvania priests molested over 1,000 children," 14 Aug. 2018 The abuse ranged from groping and masturbation to anal, oral and vaginal rape. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Stunning findings on report of Catholic Church abuse: Pa. priests molested more than 1,000 children," 14 Aug. 2018 Often, with practice, women are able to learn to orgasm through self-pleasuring/masturbation exercises with their fingers or with a vibrator. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "7 Common Reasons to Seek Sex Therapy," 8 Oct. 2010 There's also a day for mutual masturbation (see the entire list on Reddit). Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Couples Are Taking Reddit's "30-Day Sex Challenge" — Here's What That Means," 14 May 2018 That said, if a woman cannot have an orgasm with a partner but also has not given herself permission to have an orgasm, then masturbation becomes the key. Time, "Ask Dr. Ruth: How Can I Orgasm More Easily During Sex?," 29 Mar. 2018 In 2016, there were 109 allegations, ranging from comments and gestures to groping, public masturbation, and rape; of those, 22 were declared unfounded, 16 unsubstantiated, and one substantiated. John H. Tucker, Daily Intelligencer, "Rape at Rosie’s," 26 June 2018

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masturbation

noun
mas·​tur·​ba·​tion | \ ˌmas-tər-ˈbā-shən \

Medical Definition of masturbation

: erotic stimulation especially of one's own genital organs commonly resulting in orgasm and achieved by manual or other bodily contact exclusive of sexual intercourse, by instrumental manipulation, occasionally by sexual fantasies, or by various combinations of these agencies

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