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Masturbation: Myths and Facts

The most private aspect of sex is what we do with ourselves when we’re alone. Many people feel vaguely ashamed of the act of masturbation — perhaps they received criticism in childhood from their parents for exploring their bodies, sending the message that they should never masturbate, or at the very least, should feel discomfort about doing so.

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