All over the world, May has become synonymous with the act of masturbation because of an annual protest staged in San Francisco, Ca back in 1995. The official first National Masturbation Day was observed May 14, 1995, after sex-positive San Francisco retailer, Good Vibrations, declared the day in honor of Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, who was fired by President Bill Clinton for suggesting masturbation be part of the sex education curriculum for students; she was terminated on Dec 9, 1994.
Since then, Masturbation Day has evolved into more than just a simple protest but now aims to protect our civil liberties by making the public more aware of human sexuality, explain the benefits of healthy sexual expression, and destigmatise the sexual act of masturbation.
This Day of Awareness has grown into a month-long celebration now called National Masturbation Month which has consisted of a series of local community protests, workshops and other activities that promote masturbation.
National Masturbation Month may have started in San Francisco but has gained popularity worldwide and is now celebrated in various different countries all over the world!