Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. No, we’re not talking about love. Instead, we’re talking about masturbation.
There are numerous benefits from engaging in the act of self-love. According to the Cleveland Clinic, many studies have found that masturbation helps reduce stress, improves sleep, prevents the onset of anxiety/depression and also enhances your sex life.
So, what has us thinking about “Celebrating Palm Sunday” or whatever other slang you use for masturbation? Cyndi Lauper’s debut album, She’s So Unusual, celebrates its 40th anniversary on October 14. That classic album featured a number of classic tracks. Notably, it also featured “She Bop,” one of the most iconic songs about masturbation.
Lauper paid tribute to the scandalous song in an Instagram post from 2021. She wrote of the song, “Most people didn’t get what ‘She Bop’ was about until much later when I went on Dr. Ruth’s radio show. I was playing along with her, making believe I was in a psychiatrist’s office, but then everything I said was blown up later by the press. Suddenly #SheBop was on the Parents’ Music Resource Center’s #FilthyFifteen list of songs that they said should be banned, like ‘Let Me Put My Love Into You’ by AC/DC.”
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Lauper added, “I was so mad because I had made sure that I never mentioned certain things so that little kids would never know. And then I was found out because of my big mouth. Now, every kid knew what it was about, and it wasn’t supposed to be that way. Oh, c’est la vie. That’s French for ‘whatever.'”
With this anniversary in mind, we’re taking a look at the ten best rock and pop songs about masturbation. As an added bonus, we’ve reached out to Cooper Lawrence, co-host of Beasley Media Group’s sex and relationship advice show “The Cooper & Anthony Show,” for her thoughts about each track. Enjoy, and keep your hands where we can see them. (Just kidding! You do you!)