The Wonderfully Weird History and Science of Masturbation

By Eric Sprankle (Author)


Format Paperback




The Wonderfully Weird History and Science of Masturbation

by Eric Sprankle
Despite decades of medical and psychological research confirming that solo sex is healthy, the act remains shrouded in taboo, myths, and pseudoscience. In DIY, Dr. Eric Sprankle, a professor of clinical psychology and sexuality studies at Minnesota State University, draws on a broad range of studies and historical documents to reveal the untold story of crusaders on a long campaign to suppress masturbation, the sex educators fighting back with science, and the everyday people stuck in the middle of these conflicting messages about what constitutes healthy self-pleasure. He introduces readers to a colorful cast of characters: doctors running residential treatment programs for masturbation addiction, men who believe ejaculation depletes testosterone and muscle mass, and vibrator aficionados who teach the curious how to come. DIY is the story of humanity’s fascination with autoeroticism; readers will never think about their alone time in the same way again.

Dr. Eric Sprankle is a professor of psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and is a co-director of the sexuality studies undergraduate program. He’s also a licensed clinical psychologist and an AASECT-certified sex therapist affiliated with the Minnesota Sexual Health Institute in Minneapolis, where he offers continuing education training to therapists on a wide-range of sexuality and sexual health topics. As an educator, researcher, and therapist, Dr. Sprankle has over 10 years of experience, and his research on stigma and sexuality has been presented at dozens of regional, national, and international conferences, and published in numerous academic journals. He is a frequent guest on a number of podcasts, radio shows and YouTube channels, and has been interviewed for numerous publications, including Men’s Health, The Daily Beast, Hustler, and Dan Savage’s Savage Love column.

Pub Date: 3/19/2024

ISBN: 9781454948797

Price: $17.99 / $23.99 CAN

Format: Paperback

Pages: 240 pages, b-w illus.

Trim: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0 Inches

Territories: US/Can

Category: Science & Nature

Publisher: Union Square & Co.