The Masturbate-a-thon is an event where participants masturbate in order to raise money for charity and to increase awareness of, and dispel the shame and taboos that persist around, this form of sexual activity. During the past six years, the Masturbate-a-thon has raised over $25,000 for women's health initiatives and HIV prevention, education and treatment organizations, and has contributed to debates about safer sex and alternative safe methods of sexual expression. In 2008 Paul "PJ" Rossito raised a record $45,000 dollars by masturbating for 72 hours straight with a finger in his anus.


In May 1995 a San Francisco-based sex toy and education shop Good Vibrations declared May to be "Masturbation Month." Since then, it has been the month during which people are encouraged to use "sponsor" forms to write down pledges from friends willing to sponsor their masturbation activities. The funds raised are donated to a sex-positive cause selected by whatever shop sponsors the event in the participating cities.

In 1999 the Masturbate-a-Thon was originated by Laura Weide, a sex educator at Good Vibrations. The slogan "Come for a Cause" came from her partner Rachel Venning, the founder of the sex toy shop Babeland. The Masturbate-a-Thon originated as a collaboration between Good Vibrations and Babeland, in the spirit of cooperation and sex-positivity. These annual events are a public health education device to increase the use of self-pleasure as a strategy for safer and healthier sex and to de-stigmatise self-love. The original live Masturbate-A-Thon is managed by the Center for Sex and Culture, run by Dr. Carol Queen and her partner Dr. Robert Lawrence. CSC is a 501(c)3 education based non-profit organisation that provides professional-level sex education.

In 2004 HBO filmed Babeland's live Masturbate-a-Thon in New York for the program Real Sex.

In 2006, Europe's First Sponsored Masturbate-a-Thon Event took place in London. The Masturbate-a-thon, also known as Wank-a-Thon, was filmed by ZigZagProductions of London as part of an international documentary of the event. However, plans to broadcast this on Channel 4 as part of its Wank Week series were abandoned.

London hosted Europe's first "masturbate-a-thon" on August 5, 2006 in which hundreds of men and women were expected to pleasure themselves for charity, raising money for the Terrence Higgins Trust and sexual and reproductive health agency Marie Stopes International. The final count at the location was over one hundred and fifty people, roughly two-thirds of whom were men. Although this seems like an over-balance, many of them were gay and uninterested in the women present, so the adjusted gender interest balance was even more than appearances belied. The remaining registrants remained at private locations and mailed or sent funds by computer at later dates.

The 2006 London event set a few international records.

Current Records

Time records indicate duration (length of time for which a participant masturbated)

Current London Records as of September 4, 2006

Current World Records as of June 1, 2007

The Official 2007 Masturbate-a-Thon was held in San Francisco, California on May 26, 2007 (Masturbate-a-Thon [Trade Mark] Open Enterprises Incorporated)

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Sponsoring Organizations

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