Ah, there’s nothing like the time-honored tradition of mass wanking. If you’ve never had a chance to participate in this glorious event, this weekend is your big chance: San Francisco’s 12th annual Masturbate-a-Thon, put on by the Center for Sex and Culture, is happening this Sunday May 27th from 10am-midnight. It’s a $40 minimum self-sponsorship, or if you have generous friends who want to support your self pleasure, you can bring a sponsorship form with pledges (download the form HERE).

What the heck is a Masturbate-a-Thon you ask? From CSC:

The Masturbate-a-Thon began as part of Good Vibrations’s National Masturbation Month. Started in 1995 after then-Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders was fired for saying that “masturbation… is perhaps something that should be taught” about in the context of sex education classes, NMM was intended to get people to talk about self-pleasure, which is so frequently a silent element in our sex lives. Every year Good Vibrations added something new to the mix: the Masturbation Hall of Fame, lists of favorite masturbation euphemisms and places to masturbate,  and finally the Masturbate-a-Thon was born. In that context a private event (one person, or a couple would get pledges from appropriate people) in which money was raised based on how long people spent masturbating (comparable to the way a Walk-a-Thon is based on distance). Good Vibrations disbursed 100% of the money to its NMM charities, which focused on sex education and sexual health.

A few years later, after CSC director — and also Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist — Dr. Carol Queen had been doing morning drive-time radio interviews with shock jocks who all wanted to come be judges at the Masturbate-a-Thon, and having to protest that it was not a group event, she and Robert (her life partner and co-founder of the Center for Sex & Culture) looked at each other and said, “WE could hold one.” The live Masturbate-a-Thon, while not administered by Good Vibes, has the originating organization’s blessing, and has been an annual event since 2000.

All of the money raised goes to supporting the  non-profit Center for Sex and Culture, which has a mission to “provide judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health.”

If you’re looking for training tips, check out this feature on World Champion and Tokyo native Masanobu Sato. He has held the masturbation world record at San Francisco’s annual Masturbate-a-thon for the longest continuous time spent masturbating: 9 hours and 58 minutes. Dutch TV show Metropolis interviewed Sato and his very supportive girlfriend who tracks her boyfriend’s wank time with an iPhone app. Take a look:

Here are some pictures from Gretchen Robinette at SF Weekly of the 10th annual Masturbate-a-thon (definitely NSFW, though don’t know why you would be at the office on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend you poor bastard):

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