Re: Masturbation Spandrels?

Bill Benzon (
Fri, 20 Jun 1997 14:45:40 +0000

Date: Fri, 20 Jun 1997 14:45:40 +0000
From: Bill Benzon <>
Subject: Re: Masturbation Spandrels?

Timothy Perper/Martha Cornog wrote:

> What then of masturbation? Given the known correlations between
> decreased
> intercourse and decreased masturbation so typical of erotophobia (I am
> referring to Fisher and Byrne's work), it would seem quite possible
> that
> masturbation by both sexes is a form of practice or even self-learning
> that
> *assists* the success of later intercourse.

Ford & Beach in _Patterns of Sexual Behavior_ give a number of examples
peoples where childhood masturbation is openly acknowledged, some places
even encouraged, & some of these peoples think of such childhood sexual
play as preparation for adult intercourse.

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