"I implore you. I implore all women on behalf of all men. Do not take the wrongness of masturbation from us!"
Lots of people masturbate, although it's not something you'd bring up in polite conversation. However, it's given quite a different treatment in fiction. Unlike Nobody Poops
or No Periods, Period
, where the function is simply not mentioned because it would be Nausea Fuel
, masturbation in fiction often fits into a few different categories:
- It's aimed at or about teenagers (usually Played for Laughs) and the character is either a horny teenage boy, or another character, usually the parents, think that he's masturbating when he is very obviously (or sometimes not so obviously) not.
- The character masturbating is sexually frustrated, disturbed, perverted, or is a nerd/has no social life.
- It's a military or a prison setting (or a single-sex boarding school). The masturbation here would be explained by the shortage of women (or men), boredom and loneliness.
- Artificial insemination due to lack of partners, incompatible sexual orientation, etc.
- In porn or erotica, it can be used for the sexual titillation of the viewers.
Of course, there's a pretty valid reason why "normal" masturbation isn't depicted very often — it doesn't accomplish much. There aren't many ways that masturbation could advance the plot of a story, and because it's generally a solitary activity, there usually won't be any character interaction involved.
Also note that male masturbation is used far more often than female (except in porn, for the above-mentioned reasons)... though that's not to say that female masturbation isn't given any
attention in fiction (the "Rumpelstiltskin
" tale supposedly had the original message
, "women who masturbate become infertile"). In older media, expect references to hairy palms and/or blindness, two widespread myths used to keep boys from masturbating.
And because this page wouldn't be complete without her: In Ankh-Morpork on Discworld
, Rosie Palm, the head of the Seamstresses' Guild
, is named as a Shout-Out
to this, derived from an old British euphemism, "Rosie Palms and her five lovely daughters".
List of masturbation tropes:
(Opening door) Oops! Sorry! When you said you were going on the computer for a while, I just assumed you'd be on TV Tropes!