Advice from three of our guy friends. A few weeks ago, one woman wanted to know "Why do men masturbate in relationships, even when the sex is good and regular?" In his response, Max (one of our Single Straight Guys) said, "Trust me: You don't want to do the things that we're thinking about when masturbating." So we wanted to know "What DO guys think about when they masturbate?" Ironically, of all three guys' answers to this follow-up question, it's Max's that we thought was the most tame:
Straight Single Guy (Max): In order to masturbate, I have to have some kind of scenario in my head. It can be past experiences, girls that I've been with and (perhaps most often) girls that I want to be with. It might be the girl that was making eyes at me earlier in the day (though the likelihood is that I was making eyes at her and just misinterpreting her look of "what are you staring at?") or perhaps stranger subjects, such as fictional girls from dreams, co-workers, or women that you might consider out of your age range but still attractive (there's a reason that MILF is a household word). Oftentimes, the male mind is most interested in the forbidden. For instance, the girlfriend that wouldn't try anal? It's only going to happen in your head. Already have a girlfriend but have the hots for her friends? Save everyone the heartache. You really want to break into your workplace late at night and pour champagne all over each other and do it on your boss's desk? You won't get arrested if it's just a dream. Bisexual fantasies? Go for it. Essentially, I view masturbation as a time for completely uncensored fantasy. Whatever comes to mind and turns me on, I go with it. And as far as girls' fantasies go? I'm amazed when I talk to my girl friends and they all say that they don't think about much of anything... just concentrating. Weird.
Gay Committed Guy (Mark): As a very private person who sticks to a fairly small collection of gay vanilla porn for solo gratification, the specifics of this one are probably out of my league. Fantasies are boundless and infinitely various -- that's sort of the point, right? -- regardless of whether one is a man or a woman. (Although I'd like to ask Max, a.k.a. "you don't want to know" what could be so bad. Violence? Unsanctioned excrement? Pets?) That said, some educated guesses as to what some straight guys might be thinking of while wanking:
1) Women who are not their wives/girlfriends.
2) Their wives/girlfriends doing really degrading stuff (see above).
Straight Married Guy (Ben): Guys' fantasies fall into three distinct categories: The Unique, The Unfulfilled and The Unmentionable. The Unique are what women want us to fantasize about -- previous sexual encounters, preferably with your current partner, that we're reliving in our heads. Or, about one percent of our fantasies. The Unfulfilled are the things we really, really want but are mostly too chicken to ask for -- the threesome with that hot couple at the bar last night, the cute intern, you and your sister, with or without us. This is about 60 percent. But then there's that last 39 percent -- The Unmentionables. These are the things that make us hot -- we don't know why -- and are actually too out there even for us. This is the macho degradation porn. Or the animals. Or the three gigs of dwarves on the hard drive. It doesn't make sense, especially to us. But you know what? Sometimes, it's exactly what's needed to get the job done.
Our "wise guys" are a rotating group of contributors, some of whom wish to remain anonymous and some of whom like the attention. This week's Straight Married Guy is Ben, a writer and artist living in Los Angeles who runs AdultParlorGames.com. Our Committed Gay Guy, Mark, is a writer and teacher in NYC and our Single Straight Guy, Max, is a recent college grad in New England -- both asked us to file them under "shy." To ask the guys your own question, click here.
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