Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 291–302 | Cite as

Twentieth-century attitudes toward masturbation

  • Michael S. Patton


This article demonstrates the progress that medicine, psychiatry, religion, and anthropology have made toward a variant perspective, of masturbation. Researchers documented the suffering and damage caused by classically ingrained religious and medical distortions.

The “secret sin” of Judeo-Christianity and the “social disease” of nineteenth-century medicine has paradoxially become the therapy for various forms of psychosexual dysfunction. Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish denominations polarize opinions from rigorous orthodoxy to unconditional acceptance of this psychosexual behavior as a source of emotional homeostasis.


Variant Perspective Unconditional Acceptance Social Disease Jewish Denomination Psychosexual Dysfunction 
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