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==Masturbation in childhood==
[[File:Thumbsucker masturbator.jpg|thumb|Historical drawing of a thumb-sucking and masturbating child.]]
[[Image:Anti-masturbation devices.jpg|thumb|250px|Anti-masturbation devices for boys (left) and girls (right), similar in design to [[chastity belt]]s.]]
 
[[Boy]]s masturbate more than [[girl]]s, and the ability to reach orgasm increases with [[age]]. By the age of 5, about 50% of boys have had an orgasm, according to a study from the 1970s. This figure rises to about 80% by the age of 13 and nearly 100% by the age of 15. Before [[puberty]], orgasms are normally "dry", without an [[ejaculation]] of semen. During and after puberty, there are also so-called [[wet dream]]s (nocturnal emissions) which are ejaculations of semen during sleep. These are usually not due to manual stimulation and therefore not cases of masturbation.
Statistically, girls masturbate less and reach orgasm less often than boys. Only about 25% of 15-year-old girls have experienced an orgasm. Girls, too, can have nocturnal orgasms, but this occurs less often too.
 
== History ==
Historically, some centuries ago it was common in [[Europe]] for [[parent]]s, [[nurse]]s and [[nanny|nannies]] to calm young children by playing with their genitals. This was not seen as masturbation: the children were so young that sexual thoughts were far from the mind. Today, such practice is socially unacceptable and illegal by law, as it constitutes child [[sexual abuse]].
[[File:Thumbsucker masturbator.jpg|thumb|Historical drawing of a thumb-sucking and masturbating child.]]
 
Historically, someSome centuries ago it was common in [[Europe]] for [[parent]]s, [[nurse]]s and [[nanny|nannies]] to calm young children by playing with their genitals. This was not seen as masturbation: the children were so young that sexual thoughts were far from the mind. Today, such practice is socially unacceptable and illegal by law, as it constitutes child [[sexual abuse]].
 
The biblical story of Onan led to a belief among Christians that masturbation was a [[sin]]ful thing. (Although the story most likely talks of coitus interruptus and not of masturbation.) Masturbation was also called '''onanism''' in reference to that story.
 
In 1758, the Swiss doctor [[Samuel Auguste Tissot]] claimed that masturbation was "more dreadful than smallpox" because it depleted the body of sperm "which provided vital energies". In the following decades, more and more physicians and scholars joined the view that masturbation was a highly dangerous practice, leading to all kinds of illnesses and possibly death or a permanent place in a lunatic asylum. This led to a society that called masturbation "'''self-abuse'''" and tried to prevent their [[child]]ren from masturbating by all means. This included, naturally, strict instruction to never touch themselves in the "unmentionable" places and [[punishment]] if they were caught doing so (often including nocturnal emissions (wet dreams) that were thought of belonging the same category, although they happen involuntarily and in the ''absence'' of regular ejaculation).
 
There was also the thought that prevention was better than punishment. For this purpose, various anti-masturbation devices were invented that either involved the cause of [[pain]] in case of a penis erection (spiked rings etc.), or were similar in design to [[chastity belt]]s, preventing the touching of the genitals.
 
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File:Bandage contre l'Onanisme.jpg|French anti-masturbation device for boys (1822).
File:Description de l'ecusson contre l'onanisme.jpg|French anti-masturbation device for girls (1822).
[[Image:Anti-masturbation devices.jpg|thumb|250px|Anti-masturbation devices for boys (left) and girls (right), similar in design to [[chastity belt]]s.]]
</gallery>
 
==Masturbation and spanking==
At one time masturbation was commonly regarded as [[sin]]ful or unhealthy or both; sometimes referred to as ''self-abuse''. Therefore, [[child]]ren were [[punishment|punished]] when detected in masturbation, not infrequently with a [[spanking]]. Sometimes a wet dream aftermath might be interpreted as such evidence.
 
Nowadays the unhealthy concept is falling to the wayside with a general neutrality being prevalent, with hints there might even be health (physical and psychological) benefits.