If you’re not following Dr. Ruth on Twitter, you are missing out.
For instance, there was this nugget a little earlier today:
Men who ejaculate 5x/week in their 20s reduce risk of getting prostate cancer later by a third. Protect yourself guys.
I love that she not only lays out the science, but encourages men to “protect” themselves by, ya know, 5x/week.
And here’s where I get to thinking deeply in terms of religion. Our particular brand (and this is by no means specific to Judaism) frowns on what is probably the most common male method for getting to ejaculation. Wasting and all that. And unless a guy’s sexual partner is a real champ (and even if so, during those two weeks he’s not allowed to do anything), pretty much the only way to get to 5 times a week.
So what does this mean? If the halacha knew that there were tangible, identifiable benefits to masturbation, would it still be assur? With slightly better knowledge, scientifically, of men’s health and internal plumbing, should the halachic attitudes change?
For instance, if it’s shown that regular maintenance of the plumbing system (flushing the old, to make way for fresh new sperm) is beneficial not only for a man’s health (as above) but also increases the likelihood of insemination and healthy children during copulation, does that change the calculus?
I know my overall mentality on almost everything is that halachah should adapt, especially in the face of better scientific knowledge, and this is no different. I guess I just wanted a reason to write about masturbation, ejaculation and halachah.