Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude toward sexual activity in general and to masturbation in particular.No causal relationship is known between masturbation and any form of mental or physical disorder.There has been an increase in discussion and portrayal of masturbation in art, popular music, television, films, and literature.Today, religions vary in their views of masturbation; some view it as a spiritually detrimental practice, some see it as not spiritually detrimental, and others take a situational view.This type of stimulation is typically all that is required to achieve orgasm and ejaculation.
This technique may include the use of a simulacrum, or artificial vagina.
It may also involve touching, rubbing, or pinching the nipples or other erogenous zones while masturbating.
Both sexes sometimes apply lubricating substances to intensify sensation.
The legal status of masturbation has also varied through history and masturbation in public is illegal in most countries.
In the Western world, masturbation in private or with a partner is generally considered a normal and healthy part of sexual enjoyment.