Public masturbation masquerades as an act of ’empowerment’



Just when you thought the silliest thing that US Cosmopolitan magazine had come up with recently was telling women to get their boyfriends to pile refrigerated loose change on their vulvas, a piece written recently for US Cosmo’s online presence has really shot the mag into a new stratosphere of questionable “journalism”.

There’s not really any way to introduce it other than to quote heavily from the article:

“Jennifer Landa, MD, author of The Sex Drive Solution for Women, recently suggested women spice up masturbationwith a public session only you know about (meaning, you drop a vibrator in your underpants rather than going out in public bottomless). […] My editor assigned me this essential piece of field reporting, because everyone else who writes for is sane and I am therefore the de facto Earl of Sexual Humiliation. I decided to make a pit stop in the People’s Republic of Hands-Free Diddling on my way uptown to (appropriately) therapy. The train ride from Brooklyn to 57th Street would be long enough for me to make sex to myself and then scamper into a different car like an unshowered deviant.”

Yes, bringing a new level of unfortunate meaning to the NQR LinesCosmo writer Anna Breslaw was commanded to get her rocks off on the Q train, all in the name of… investigative journalism? Empowerment? I would really love to have been a fly on the wall in that editorial meeting: “So we’ve got the interview with Nina Dobrev, the fall fashion spread, an online gallery of Ryan Gosling photos… oh and Anna, can you bring yourself to climax on the subway?

(I appreciate that journalism and new media is a competitive market these days, but if I were Breslaw I’d be considering going my editor for sexual harassment rather than filing my copy.)

Like me, The Gloss’ Samantha Escobar is at a loss as to precisely how or why this piece was greenlit, let alone run. She makes the salient point that there are people/readers/idiots who would excuse this sort of behaviour simply because Breslaw is a woman. “Historically (and, let’s be honest, currently), female sexuality has been suppressed. Society, the entertainment industry and the media want women to be sexual objects, but not sexually active; to be coy and sexy, but still virginal; to please others, but never please themselves. For this reason, I think talking about female masturbation is a wonderful thing. But I am very, very cautious about making exceptions for people publicly masturbating based on gender.”

Let me tell you a little story: I was in the park a month or so ago, looking at the roses in bloom, when I accidentally locked eyes upon a bloke having a very urgent toss in the middle of a flower bed. Though I initially considered yelling “PUT IT AWAY, MATE!”, in the end – after he started staring at me and really going for it – the experience was so disturbing that I ended up crying in front of a large pack of tourists and tearily reporting it to the local cops.

Now, had I locked eyes on a young new media journalist giving herself a guilty tingle with a pocket vibe in the middle of that rose garden, would I have reacted differently? Would I have waved my hands in the air and shouted “You go girl!” and marched off feeling empowered? No.

Via Joāo Dujon Pereira

Daily Life


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5 Comments on “Public masturbation masquerades as an act of ’empowerment’”

  1. September 24, 2013 at 3:28 am #

    Last night I was taking the bus and there was this girl sitting somewhere behind. The bus was almost empty. As I was leaving I just looked at her, with a longer eye contact and said “Goodnight.” She responded instinctively but she had that confused look. Of course, it is a big city where no one ever greets each other. I did this only a couple of times more before at some other places. To girls who were alone and looked like “wanderers”, like they would let things circle inside their had. I don’t know. I always think about what would they think about it. I mean like that girl was in her early twenties or one of them was like a teenager. I know they are going to think about it, but how? I like a good mystery.

    You come up with the most interesting pieces of news.
    I was reading this one and people do things that are so painfully stupid to hear. Get a grip guys! Stop screwing others’ fun time!
    Anyway, I just felt like adding something meaningful to the page. Well, meaningful to me at least.
    Have a nice time.

    • September 24, 2013 at 7:17 am #

      Thank you Lance. That was a thoughtful and insightful piece of writing. I appreciate you adding your thoughts to the piece 🙂 Missy x

  2. September 24, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    I don’t think we’re ready for public masturbation just yet… but I suspect in the land of Cosmo, anything that might sell mags in this difficult market is worth a try….


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