May is National Masturbation Month - an excuse, if ever one were needed, to talk about the subject from a woman’s perspective.
While the media and locker-room banter may have us believing that this is a traditionally male pass-time, research shows that the majority of women have, at some stage, engaged in self pleasure.
In an era that encourages us to overshare and embrace our own sexual empowerment, conversations about relationships flow freely.
When we are with our girlfriends, we have no problem discussing our partners, our sex life – or all too often the lack thereof - weak bladders, bowel movements, embarrassing bodies – you name it.
Indeed, comparing our experiences and getting insight and advice is part of what makes membership of the sisterhood so compelling.
Given the openness with which we women talk about our personal lives, the act of ‘self pleasure’ is almost conspicuous in its absence from the conversation.