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Samantha Essay

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Masturbation is such a simple concept, yet the controversy over the topic is discussed freely amongst many philosophers. Although the word itself has many definitions Alan Soble, Alan Goldman, Robert Solomon, and Thomas Nagel all have their own takes of the matter. Finally, in this essay, I will highlight the philosophical opinion of masturbation and the negative connotation it also possesses.
Alan Soble defines masturbation as a person who manually rubs the penis or clitoris, in private, until final orgasm. There were many different attempts of defining masturbation, but Soble could not fully agree to them all because they were flawed. The first description for masturbation is “a sexual act involving hands and genitals”. He disagreed with this because some sexual acts do not involve hands or genitals. The second definition says “ a sexual act with lack of insertion”. This is false because it states that if something is not inserted, then it is considered masturbatory; oral and anal sex is not considered masturbatory. The third definition says “sexual act not involving the insertion of a real penis into an orifice of a living being”. This presents a double standard because it is conveying that gays can have sex but lesbians cannot. Since intercourse between lesbians does not require a “real penis”, it would be considered masturbation rather than sex. Another definition with the same double standard is shown in the fourth definition, which states “a sexual act not involving the insertion of a real penis into an orifice of a human being.” Bestiality is not considered masturbatory; therefore this statement would be incorrect. In the fifth definition, it mentions “a sexual act not involving the insertion of a real penis into an orifice into the vagina.” This is invalid because it describes anal and oral sex as masturbatory. The only definition that Soble seemed to accept is when masturbation is described as “a sexual acts without concern for the partner’s pleasure.” This defines masturbation as a sexual act where you are providing pleasure just for yourself.
Although masturbation seems like a very simple subject, many philosophers also had their outlooks upon it. In Goldman’s definition, masturbation is not considered a sexual act because it does not involve another person. Sexual desire is strictly the desire for the pleasure of physical contact itself. According to Soble, Goldman’s view makes masturbation seem like...

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