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The Wonderfully Weird History and Science
of Masturbation

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In DIY, Dr. Eric Sprankle takes a humorous deep dive into the untold story of the crusaders on a campaign to suppress masturbation, the sex educators fighting back, and the everyday people stuck in the middle who just want to touch their genitals in peace. He introduces readers to a colorful cast of characters: Doctors who advocate using chastity devices, wellness influencers who believe ejaculation depletes the body of vital nutrients, pastors who preach masturbation creates mermaids, and vibrator aficionados who teach the curious how to come. DIY will challenge what you think you know about the very human need for self-pleasure.

Photo by Cori Miller, 2022
About Dr. Sprankle

Dr. Eric Sprankle is a professor of clinical psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist and AASECT-certified sex therapist affiliated with the Minnesota Sexual Health Institute. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Xavier University in 2009, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in sexual health at the University of Minnesota Medical School in 2011, and was awarded tenure in the Department of Psychology at Minnesota State University in 2017. When not defending himself against accusations of devil worship and witchcraft, he and his wife pass the time by staring at their three cats and actively avoiding small talk with neighbors.


"An epic that only requires one hand to read."

Larry Charles, director of Borat and writer for Seinfeld

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