Onanism - Definition

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Onanism is another word for masturbation, performed by both men and women in order to independently create sexual pleasure culminating in orgasm, typically by stimulating the sexual organs by hand or potentially using a specific sex-toy type of device. For many centuries, onanism was disapproved of, both by religious authorities for moral reasons and by the medical field, which suspected it to be the cause of numerous diseases. Nevertheless, it has now been proven that onanism leads to no disease and is in no way a sexual disorder.