Dear Level

You Should Stop Masturbating For Better Sex

Not forever. But maybe just for this week

Aliya S. King
LEVEL
Published in
4 min readFeb 14, 2020

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Illustration: Janet Sung

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HHere’s a very uncomfortable conversation that I recorded for you, dear LEVEL Man. To be clear, this is not me speaking in the following exchange. And this is not my boyfriend. Nope. These are two random people I most certainly don’t know.

NotMe: So… how often do you masturbate?

NotMyBoyfriend: Rarely.

NotMe: What’s rarely?

NotMyBoyfriend: Maybe once a week?

NotMe: Is that normal for most guys?

NotMyBoyfriend: Well, when I was single it was every day.

NotMe: My theory is that men should cut back on masturbating, so they can be more in sync with their partner. Especially if their sex drives are not equal.

NotMyBoyfriend: [silence]

NotMe: You don’t agree?

NotMyBoyfriend: [silence]

Pressing pause on your solo sessions can make the times we’re together even better.

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Aliya S. King
LEVEL

Aliya S. King is an author, freelance writer and editor.