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Women Are Joining The No Masturbation Movement To Get ‘Superpowers’

To fap or not to fap, that is the question.

In recent years, as the line between porn and real life sex becomes blurrier, young men have been distancing themselves from the medium and even abstaining from masturbation as part of the NoFap movement to combat porn addiction. 

Samantha was NOT a fan of NoFap. Credit: Giphy

However, it’s not just men who are joining the ‘NoFap Movement.’ According to The Guardian, a Reddit forum dedicated to ditching self-pleasure has over 450,000 members – and 5% are female.

NoFap describes itself as a “comprehensive sexual health platform,” designed to “help you quit porn, improve your relationships, and reach your sexual health goals.” But according to some of NoFap’s female followers, it’s lead to “a complete physical and mental reformation.” 

“After starting NoFap I felt more motivation, more willpower and more discipline,” 26-year-old NoFap follower Kristel told The Guardian. “I decided to take part in this movement because I like challenging myself and I wanted to prove that I could accomplish this.”

NoFap can be a personal challenge. Credit: Giphy

Apparently, NoFap was inspired by a 2003 study that suggested male testosterone levels can rise after a week of abstinence from ejaculation, but according to followers, steering clear of masturbation can also lead to “superpowers.”

Mr Mind Blowing, a blog dedicated to NoFap, describes all the benefits of abstaining from masturbation for 90 days. It lists increased sexual enjoyment and desire, energy, self-confidence and a sharper memory as some of the perks of NoFap. It even claims refraining from “beating your meat” will give you a deeper voice and stronger hair. 

A deeper voice from NoFap? Credit: Giphy

For Alana, another follower of NoFap, it’s all about porn. “Porn is where people go to learn how to have sex, and most of the time the approach to sex in porn is built around a man’s pleasure,” she told The Guardian. “Even as a heterosexual woman, porn made me sexualise and objectify women…I also began to think of myself as a sex object, and that my value came from my sex appeal. 

Porn addiction. Credit: Giphy

Sex addiction therapist Staci Sprout told The Guardian, NoFap is “a new grassroots movement where people are seeking to reclaim their bodies separately from pornography’s input.”

“If a woman has only learned how to self-pleasure through high-stimulation pornography and later just re-enacts this with others, she probably won’t know herself very well sexually.”

While the NoFap movement is helping men (and women) disconnect from the negative effects of porn, masturbation can offer a wide range of health benefits. According to Dr. Tanginika Cuascud, masturbation can increase self-love, help you sleep better, and is good for your heart health. 

Some of the benefits. Credit: Giphy

The moral of the story is: how, when and if you masturbate is a completely personal decision that should be respected either way.

These Apps Are Making Our Sex Lives And Mood Swings Free Game For Advertisers

An invasion of privacy. PERIOD.

If you’re using period apps to track your monthly cycle, you might want to check where your private information is being stored.

Check your apps, stat. Credit: Giphy

A new report from UK-based advocacy group Privacy International has found that certain period tracker apps are sharing your private information, including your sexual encounters, symptoms and contraception use with “third-party services, including Facebook.”

According to Buzzfeed, apps including MIA Fem and Maya have been sending the info via Facebook’s Software Development Kit, “which helps app developers incorporate particular features and collect user data so Facebook can show them targeted ads, among other functions.”

Maya has had more than 5 million downloads on the Google Play Store. MIA Fem, on the other hand, says it has more than 2 million users around the world. Both apps are also available via the app store – making this is an extremely widespread issue.

When questioned by Buzzfeed, Facebook said it had spoken to the app owners to discuss “possible violations” of its terms of service – including sending “sensitive information.” Privacy International also reported that Maya not only informs Facebook when you open the app, but “starts sharing some data with Facebook even before the user agrees to the app’s privacy policy.”

The report comes at a particularly tense time, considering the fallout of last year’s Facebook – Cambridge Analytica data scandal. In early 2018, it was revealed that British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica has harvested the personal data of millions of peoples’ Facebook profiles without their consent and used it for political advertising purposes.

There was also controversy surrounding this year’s popular Russian-owned FaceApp, which many speculated was using uploaded photos in ads or other forms of marketing. 

If the claims of Privacy International and Buzzfeed’s reports are true, the issue could run far deeper than the information we share on our Facebook profiles, or the photos we upload to face-altering app.

Michael B. Jordan Knows Zendaya Looks Way Better In His Old Red Carpet Suit

Zendaya is flipping the fashion script.

Zendaya threw outdated gender rules out the window last week when she rocked up to a New York Fashion Week party wearing the same patterned suit fellow actor Michael B. Jordan wore to an Oscars party earlier this year.

YES ZENDAYA. Credit: Giphy

Fans were quick to point out the twinning looks, but it was Jordan’s response that sent the Twittersphere into a fashion frenzy. Instagram account The Shade Room posted a photo comparing the two looks with the caption, “who did it best?” and without missing a beat, Jordan commented, “@Zendaya hands down. No contest.”

It’s not the first time Zendaya has flipped the often tired fashion script. In 2016, she released her own fashion line, Daya by Zendaya, which was not only refreshingly affordable, but inclusive to all shapes, sizes and genders. Zendaya also ensured that the models who appeared in her advertising campaign came from a variety of backgrounds and had a range of skin tones.

Zendaya is joined by other actresses who refuse to conform to the expectation that the only acceptable red carpet outfit for women is a dress. 

Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood made the decision to trade in her red carpet gown for a suit in 2017 and she’s never looked back. “I knew that when awards season rolled around I wanted to walk down that red carpet in a Marlene Dietrich suit [and] just take a stance, because I know there’s pressure and I know there’s all this fear involved of not being liked or not being wanted or not making a best-dressed list,” she told the LA Times. 

“And I just thought I don’t want to live my life like that – and I don’t think other people want to either.” 

Evan Rachel Wood, 2018. Credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Wood and Zendaya are breaking down old-fashioned stereotypes and expectations that have been placed on women for years, proving that suits aren’t just for Hollywood hunks. 

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