May 25th, 2008
Yes, it’s that time in May when we all need to get naughty with our own good selves.
You can join in the masturbatathon in the privacy of your own home, or join in an organised event locally. Obviously check you are taking part in an organised event, otherwise your solo show in the supermarket may raise some eyebrows
If you’re in San Francisco The Center for Sex and Culture will hold the seventh annual fund-raising live Masturbate-a-Thon this afternoon. Founding Director Carol Queen, PhD will be joined by a host of special guests including Nina Hartley, gay porn star Robert Black, performer Tom Orr, Madison Young, Sadie Lune, Tricksie Treat, Lady Monster, Boylesque, Debauchery, Fudgie Frottage, Julep, Dana Hayes, Stephy Slaughter. Several of these performers will also be Featured Masturbators.
Doors will open at 12:00 for those attempting to set this year’s time record, and at 3:00 pm for regular participants who do not anticipate needing a full nine hours for their participation. Unlike most of the others, the CSC’s Masturb
ate-a-Thon is a live group event at which participants will raise funds by getting others to sponsor them for the length of time they masturbate. CSC will hold the event at 1519 Mission Street in San Francisco.
Sponsors may pledge any amount to support their friends’ efforts. At last years event the Longest Time Spent Masturbating award was presented to a man who spent 8 hours and 40 minutes engaged in self-pleasuring; the womens record has been unbroken since 2004, when a female participant masturbated for 6 hours and 30 minutes. The events Most Orgasms Award is held by a woman who came 49 times during the Live London Masturbate-a-Thon in 2006 (filmed for British Channel 4) – an event that caused a fair amount of controversy. The distance record, begun last year, is currently 36 inches, held by a male, though in that competition a woman ejaculator came in at second place. The Most Funds Raised Award hovers near $1000.
Separate areas of the SF Masturbate-a-Thon site will be set aside for men who would prefer to masturbate together and women who want a single-sex space, with the rest of the room a mixed-gender venue. One room will be set aside for the webcast cameras, so less exhibitionistic attendees can participate somewhat more privately. A limited number of voyeur seats will also be available at a $40 admission cost; the webcast room will be action-packed, with performers, webcast stage, exhibitionist participants, and seated voyeurs.
Pledge sheets and co-sponsorship links are available at the Masturbate-a-Thon’s website. Participants can download a pledge sheet and begin collecting pledges right away; after the Masturbate-a-Thon they will let their pledgers know how much to remit. Pledges can be paid by check and sent to CSC; they can also be remitted via the event website. All monies raised will be used to support the Center for Sex & Culture’s educational and sex-positive cultural programming. People who wish to participate but who can’t find pledgers may pledge themselves at any amount plus pay a $20 entry fee. Supporters who live too far away to attend can tune in to the webcast on May 25, planned to take place between 3 and 6 pm Pacific Time; interested parties who prefer a private Masturbate-a-Thon can download the pledge sheet, stay home and participate, and remit by mail or web.
New this year: The Live Masturbate-a-Thon on Twitter! Participants at the event and people participating from home can all announce “twittergasms” via cell phone on Twitter’s network.
“Twittergasms are happening social cumming has begun!” says Stacie Adams, GameLink.coms Social Media Coordinator, who conceived of the twittergasm and gave the phenomenon its name. In a bold statement of coming out pro-masturbation, twitterers all over the world have begun to use popular social micro-blogging platform Twitter to publicly announce their orgasms. As part of National Masturbation Month, GameLink.com launched a new campaign in partnership with the Center for Sex and Culture to encourage people to begin using a new secret code to post to their Twitter profiles when they masturbate: JOSW (jacking off, so what? ) or ICSW (I came, so what?). A full explanation of the campaign, including a background on what Twitter is can be found here. Twitter users have begun posting JOSW regularly, and ISCW whenever they come. Since the launch of the campaign in early May, 2008 over 100 such posts have been made according to Tweetscans popular tracking service that showed 43 instances of the use of JOSW and 66 instances of the use of ICSW in May, as of May 20th. To date, over 70 Twitterers have joined the profile established to launch the twittergasm phenomenon. Reporters and other interested parties can track the twittergasms by subscribing to this RSS feed.
In other Social Sex news, nearly 100 Facebook users have become fans of the Masturbate-a-Thon Facebook page, and have begun posting stories about masturbation for all to see. This is a sure sign that support for lifting the fear, shame and embarrassment formerly associated with masturbation is finally occurring after decades of work by sexual freedom pioneers like Betty Dodson and Dr. Carol Queen, said Stacie Adams. GameLink.com created its own FaceBook Page and created a Best Lube for Masturbate-a-Thon gift application to allow users to send messages about the features of certain lube products to help educate users about this important sex-education effort.
Founded by San Francisco’s women-focused sex toy company Good Vibrations in the wake of then-Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders’ firing for stating that masturbation “is perhaps something that should be taught” about when discussing youth sexual options, National Masturbation Month seeks to raise awareness and dispel shame about this most common and natural of sexual activities. Good Vibrations and its sister sex toy stores and sex-positive nonprofits have been celebrating National Masturbation Month since 1995. The Masturbate-a-Thon became the centerpiece of National Masturbation Month when it was added to Good Vibrations’ slate of activities a few years later. GV has historically sponsored the Masturbate-a-Thon as a private event, as most masturbation is; the Center for Sex & Culture followed the lead of a private organization in Salt Lake City in celebrating it as a group activity.Tweet