A word still guaranteed to catch attention . . . .
And when the word "Hedonism" is brought up, even pre-empted by "Rational", what comes to thought in many people's minds are wild orgies or someone who goes from one sexual encounter to another.
Both are examples of quick insta-hedonistic pleasures, not long-term, life-enriching changes of behavior for a happier life.
Sex is easy (It is relationships that take communication, willingness, patience, and hard work). Humans are hard-wired with millions of sensory nerve cells in your skin alone, all designed to bring pleasure through physical touch and sensual stimulation. Even baby boys quickly discover "playing" with themselves. Parents and society are very quick to scold and teach that this is bad and/dirty.
There's nothing wrong, perverted, shameful, guilty, or sinful about masturbation. It's not a "dirty" word.
It doesn't mean you're a sexual deviant. In one national study, 95% of males and 89% of females reported that they have masturbated. (And the rest, ya gotta figure, are liars!) It's a great way of relieving sexual tension and frustration that builds up.
Rational Hedonism allows for sexual freedom (as long as the "rational" part is in there to protect against STDs and unwanted pregnancy), exploration and play for consenting legal-aged adults, BUT, it also allows for the freedom for those partners who strongly love and are devoted and bonded to each other to stay loyal and monogamous. It also allows for someone who does not have a strong sex drive, to not feel guilty about that either. Sexual freedom is not a buzz word meaning to be obligated to have all the sex you want with multiple partners .... it is also the freedom to be devoted to one, or free to not have sex at all.
G.K. is currently the official Spokesman representing Rational Hedonism online; an Ordained Celebrant (not "celibate"!) with R.H. and conducts or advises others with Weddings, Civil Unions, Remembrance Ceremonies (both people and pets), Adoption and Naming Ceremonies; and conducts "Garden" Parties for Rational Hedonists throughout the United States.