You know that thing?
That thing where you discover something and it’s been around for a while but you think “HOLY SHIT! How did I not know about this??”
And, on some level, you kindasorta convince yourself you’re the first person to discover it because it’s that amazing and you can’t believe anybody ever knew about it before you?
Because if they did how did they not shout it from the rooftops?!
Ménage a MOI is like that for us.
How on earth is everyone not talking about paddling the pink canoe all. the. time?!
We here at YBB decided to take matters into our collective hands (wink), do some research, and investigate the Foremothers of Masturbation.
Educate ourselves, and by extension you, as to exactly who the trailblazing women are who championed self-love long before it was considered “appropriate.”
Meet Joycelyn Elders.
Elders is many things including a pediatrician and the first African-American surgeon general of the United States.
Meet the Joycelyn Elders YBB adores.
The Elders who is renowned for being unapologetic with her views regarding masturbation.
In 1994, while speaking at a United Nations conference on AIDS, Elders was asked if it would be appropriate to promote masturbation in an effort to prevent young people engaging in sex.
Her response was swift and viewed as highly controversial for the time:
“I think masturbation is something that is part of human sexuality and it’s part of something that should perhaps be taught.”
Following this remark Elders’ tenure came to an abrupt end.
Joycelyn Elders Masturbatory Trailblazer?
We here at Your Box Box applaud you.
We recognize you as one of the first women to publicly contend masturbation should be viewed as the natural and normal phenomenon it is.
We are grateful for your willingness to speak your beliefs and how you've paved the way for us.
For *all* the boxes to come.