Sunday, June 21, 2009
Slate Gives (Bad) Advice on Masturbation
According Slate, David Carradine may have died attempting autoerotic asphyxiation. Slate asks: Is there a safe way to do that? and goes on giving advice.
Stephen Milligan, a member of British Parliament, was found dead in his home in 1994, naked except for a garter belt and women's stockings, strangled by an electrical cord. Kung Fu star David Carradine was found dead in a Bangkok hotel on Thursday. Police discovered him in a closet with cords tied around his neck and genitals, suggesting that he asphyxiated while engaged in a sex game. The FBI profile states that the typical AES practitioner is of above average intelligence, well integrated socially, and is usually engaged in a demanding, high skill, high stress profession (pilots, doctors and lawyers abound).
Is there a safe, proper way to perform autoerotic asphyxiation?
Slate answer correctly: No. But then it goes on to give advice saying that there are ways to make this dangerous act slightly less dangerous: Do it with a trusted partner.
Bad advice. Dont do it. No partner, specially no female partner, is of any help in this situation. You will be past the paroxysm of death while your partner (who has no way of feeling what you feel) is still weighing if to interrupt the earth shaking orgasm you seem to be experiencing.
Addenda: Why is asphyxiation so erotically arousing? I dont know how it works, but work it works. The observation that ejaculation may accompany hanging had become known to laymen at least by the early sixteenth century. An engraving attributed to Durer (c. 1520) depicts a man ejaculating while being hanged in a torture chamber amidst chained skeletons while another prisoner is flogged.