Well, it did Minnie Joycelyn Elders, who was forced to resign as US surgeon general on 9 December 1994 when she suggested that masturbation might be included in sex education classes. Replying to a question at a UN conference on Aids, she said: ‘I think that it is part of human sexuality, and perhaps it should be taught.’
This was too much for the newly-emboldened ‘moral majority’ in the US, who had just won control of Congress, and Bill Clinton as president succumbed to their pressure and demanded her resignation. If only someone had taught him about masturbation he might have enjoyed as less troubled second term in office.
‘We know that more than 70 to 80 per cent of women masturbate, and 90 per cent of men masturbate, and the rest lie’ – Joycelyn Elders
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