Female Masturbation Has a New, Glittery Name to Encourage Sexual Equality

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Let's get one thing straight here: there is absolutely nothing unusual about female masturbation. Your guy friends may already feel completely comfortable with their own "self-love," but many women still feel the stigma that masturbating is something they should feel embarrassed or ashamed of doing. Now there's a new word for the act that its creators are hoping will destigmatize the act: the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) has declared that the word "klittra" is the unofficial term for female masturbation and it's an awesome step in sexual equality.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with choosing to masturbate as a woman - in fact, many studies have shown that it can be a pretty healthy thing to do! But despite the fact that masturbation is seen as normal and common for guys, many people don't think that masturbation is something the average woman does. Kristina Ljungros, spokesperson for the RFSU, understands that not having a word for the act means that we are inadvertently silencing women who do want to discuss it - or do it. Kristina stated:

When it comes to masturbation, people mostly think about just men doing it and we don't think of it as common for women. If we don't have a word in the language, how can we even talk about it?

I think it's awesome that the RFSU is encouraging people to use this new word, especially because the word itself has such a positive connotation. The word itself is a combination of "clitoris" and "glitter" — can you think of anything more fun? I hope that klittra makes its way into not only the Swedish dictionary, but also into our everyday dialogue in the United States and around the globe. It's not just guys who should feel comfortable to "give themselves a hand" and this word is a step in the right direction.

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