Masturbation from Judaism to Victorianism

  title={Masturbation from Judaism to Victorianism},
  author={Michael S. Patton},
  journal={Journal of Religion and Health},
  • Michael S. Patton
  • Published 1 June 1985
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • Journal of Religion and Health
This article demonstrates how masturbation, based on a misconception of Genesis 38:7–10, was judged harshly in both Judaism and Christianity, laying the foundation historically for social and religious hostility toward sex. Masturbation, known as the “secret sin,” a threat to the human race, and an ontic evil, was condemned officially in 1054 by Pope Leo IX.From the medieval era to Victorianism there evolved new distortions of religion and science, so that masturbation was regarded as unnatural… 
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