My students asked for more masturbation & here is the resource. In student evaluation of the Anthropology of Sex course I taught last semester, several students indicated that future iterations of the course should include more discussion of masturbation. Somehow, over the course of teaching it three times, I’ve totally overlooked masturbation. Fortunately, my wife was kind enough to share a link to this article from Las Vegas Weekly regarding National Masturbation Month, which apparently is May. It references Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation by Thomas Lacquer, professor of history at UC-Berkeley. While it doesn’t appear to stretch back so far or across species enough to be contextualizing masturbation in an evolutionary history, this New York Times review does make it sound like a compelling read. It also interestingly suggests that masturbation is a reification of the Enlightenment that was probably a non-starter as an issue until the privacy of sexuality & genitalia became a preeminent religio-cultural concern.