And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar. And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord slew him. And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother. And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the Lord: wherefore he slew him also.
"Masturbation is a waste of fucking time."
Most human societies frown on masturbation. They seem unanimous in declaring it to be an elementary and minimal form of sexuality, a more or less desperate measure taken by those who have no other available means of sexual expression. This disapproval takes on different forms, of course, but the general belief is that people who masturbate are missing out on something: the amusing village idiot; adolescents too young for marriage; widows who have no other way to comfort themselves. Among people whose sexual mores sometimes seem to us to be relatively relaxed 1 (the examples of the Siriono, Crow, Lepcha, and Navaho are often cited), there is a pretence that masturbation does not exist, or that if it does it is an occasion for ridicule or laughter; for example, Malinowski reported that the Trobrianders thought that only those who were ugly, albino, idiots, or stutterers had to resort to masturbation. Most often, it is tolerated primarily because it is practised by