JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you jog on the job, why not self-love as well?

Date
Should lunchtime exercise be confined to the park?

Should lunchtime exercise be confined to the park?

During lunch times, people often do more than just eat. Some mid-work-day activities are more appropriate than others, like exercising for example. Exercising over lunch is considered quite acceptable.

Masturbation? Less so.

Why?

It wasn’t so long ago that exercising on public streets was an eyebrow-raising endeavour. President Thomas Jefferson may have quothed “if the body is feeble, the mind will not be strong" in promotion of physical fitness, but going for a jog downtown during the working day was hardly common happenstance. Especially for ladies (delicate constitutions, dainty extremities, and flibbertijibbety dispositions do so impede ones sporting progress).

Not so today. Since corsets and notions of feminine impropriety were chewed up by the same machines of industry that launched the great sloth we’re now desperately trying to overcome, ideas about health and physical exertion have become far more fashionable, and imperative besides.

Now, men and women are seen stretching and sweating in stretchy, sweaty fabric. They do this as and when they please. And where! Park lawns are no longer mere places to promenade – they’re grounds used for daily physical abuse. Bodies splay in boot-camps and whistles generally disturb the peace. A stranger would regard these shenanigans and wonder, ‘what an earth are they doing?’

Especially when you consider the broad range of bizarre bodily rituals foisted upon us. Think yogic postures that are borderline erotic or tandem lunging which leaves little to the imagination. These rituals reveal flesh and form, contort faces and result in laboured, audible breathing.  It’s all rather confronting when you think about it, but we endorse this otherwise highly embarrassing, personal behaviour as something utterly acceptable in society.

Yet we do so because society needs to. We promote active lifestyles and public, physical exertion because if we do not, we will suffer. We need to exercise for the sake of our health – mental and physical – and we need to exercise for our sense of self. Even if all this running and jumping and lifting and bouncing makes us look silly, or interrupts our daily routine, or takes place in the public sphere, or leaves us feeling flushed, we think it okay because it’s good for the individual and great for the collective.

So why not treat the exercise of one’s sexual energy in the same way? When it comes to socially acceptable bodily stimulation, why do we baulk at self-love? Could we one day see group training sessions finished with a warm-down release of a different kind?

Probably not.

Probably because too many people would find it offensive (as offensive as women sweating over a Swisse ball may have been to a Nineteenth Century dandy? I wonder). Offensive because too many people don’t really understand, or enjoy, or have ever really experienced, happy and healthy self-satisfaction. Too many people still believe masturbation is a bad, immoral, perverse occupation, reflecting a view that wasn’t really established until the 1700s and is fast becoming outdated.

But I believe a bit more positive promotion of private pleasure could go a long way to helping cure some of the ills associated with poor sexual health. Indeed, there’s research that suggests masturbation may yield many broad social benefits.

And many of us won’t need a study to show how wonderful a good wank can be for both sex life and state of mind. Could we have some love-gyms please? Private rooms for requirement? Self-love hotels? At the very least, we could start regarding masturbation as a normal, healthy exercise.  

So, should we start being less shy about self-love and more active about its promotion? Yes.

What’s stopping us?

You tell me.

Would you ever duck off for a bit of sexual exercise during work hours? Why/why not?

@katherinefeeney

Tumblr

Facebook

kfeeney@fairfaxmedia.com.au

 

Comment problems?

Email me. I'll manually publish...
CK x

169 comments so far

  • errr, don't think so.
    nothing wrong with masturbation, for a fair percentage of the population it's the only sex they get.

    Commenter
    Victorious Painter
    Date and time
    September 28, 2012, 6:49AM
    • VP

      It may be that numerous people turn to 'self loving' because that's that is available. But...

      I suggest Kate is conflating 2 poorly related ideas.

      1st, the notion of sex in the loving sense is typically undertaken in relaxing surroundings - even self love.

      2nd, using one's short break time to do more than eat &/or relax is typically not undertaken in relaxing surrounding. The office toilet is far from a 'relaxing' surrounding - and thus far from an 'appropriate' setting for a place to wank!

      Personally, I think Kate's idea today is stupid.

      Cheers

      Commenter
      Dalliance
      Date and time
      September 28, 2012, 11:39AM
    • And I suggest offices install self-love rooms as well as gyms if serious about improving employee satisfaction levels...

      Though Dalliance, the real - er - thrust of my argument relates to the idea that we should not see masturbation as an embarrassing, shameful, secret thing frowned upon by polite society. Instead, we should regard the health benefits, and start asking how we can better involve sex positive exercises in our own lives.

      I'm not sure what's stupid about that idea...

      Commenter
      CK
      Date and time
      September 28, 2012, 12:08PM
    • Holy cow CK - self love rooms! What about work root rooms for couples or rooms for those who want to cut their toenails etc etc. I 'm sure employers in todays economic environement love the idea of forking out on more office space so employees can so more of their private business at the workplace. Don't you also think this 'idea' or troll post, will just open up a can of legal worms. Perhaps the Riverfire jets this morning have messed with your head.

      Commenter
      Neil
      Date and time
      September 28, 2012, 12:52PM
    • in the office building we have a gym, 2 coffee shops, 1 large canteen, library, laundry, gym, car wash, facilities to receive online shopping, tennis court, credit union, ATM's, large convenience store, mother's room, BBQ facilities and more fridge/microwave facilities than i care to count.

      i think they provide plenty facilities already, self-love facilities sounds very improbable in Australia in my time.

      Commenter
      Victorious Painter
      Date and time
      September 28, 2012, 1:52PM
    • er - thrust of my argument relates to the idea that we should not see masturbation as an embarrassing, shameful, secret thing
      er - like communal rooms. Or a his and hers with two way mirror between.
      Assuming this is not a troll, is your work place questioning the employee satisfaction levels...?
      Perhaps get some of those wee ball thingies. (You can still type with both hands) And when you start smiling all silly they'll know you're satisfied. Apparently in some offices it is known to happen.
      Again if you had a good one last night you would probably be satisfied for the today.
      Nah, I'll go with you're onto a good supply. Where can I get some?

      Commenter
      Dave
      Date and time
      September 28, 2012, 1:52PM
  • Why Not ? I've worked in kitchens with bunches of Guys and I had some cranky buggers who had "Toxic Sperm Build Up" and would be little Sh***s.
    You could always tell if they'd been lucky the night before - nothing was an issue ! A little relief clears the head.. Especially if you come across a hottie during the day. A mans mind does become a little clouded .....

    Commenter
    Self Love
    Location
    Perth
    Date and time
    September 28, 2012, 7:08AM
    • +1 for stress relief - may be a definite workplace benefit - cranky stressed workers are more likely to make mistakes and lose customers and workmates - a quick release - relaxed and sympatico once again - recommended

      if you come across a hottie - the last time I came with a hottie at work she gave me herpes on the lip - given we both had it at the same time that was fuel for the office gossips and not a badge of honour to be preferred - I left that job not so long after

      Commenter
      murt
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      September 28, 2012, 2:48PM
    • you two totally need to hook up and maybe get a bit crazy mmmm

      Commenter
      omg
      Date and time
      September 28, 2012, 8:53PM
    • Murt,

      I would say that if you both had a cold sore at the same time then it was the stress of the situation that caused the outbreak for both of you and that you had had the virus sitting quietly in a nerve for a considerable length of time before. The first outbreak of the herpes virus in the mouth is most frequently in the form of a mouth ulcer.

      Commenter
      Eva
      Date and time
      September 30, 2012, 2:36PM

More comments

Make a comment

You are logged in as [Logout]

All information entered below may be published.

Error: Please enter your screen name.

Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Please enter your comment.

Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

Post to

You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

Thank you

Your comment has been submitted for approval.

Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

Featured advertisers

Horoscopes

Capricorn horoscope

Trust others to think for themselves. Don't be snobbish about what seems obvious. Everyone learns at their own pace, including you.

...find out more here