The therapeutic use of masturbation for trauma survivors and others experiencing sexual dysfunction has been well documented since the 1970s, said psychologist Laurie Mintz. “I can say without a doubt, clinically, the first step … is absolutely self-pleasure,” said Mintz, a professor at the University of Florida and the author of Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters and How to Get It. She goes so far as to call masturbation “a cornerstone of sex therapy.
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