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While the simple measure of “ever vs. never” incidence tells us nothing significant regarding the masturbatory history of heterosexual offenders vs. adults, the age-specific incidence tells a striking story. In any five-year age-period from sixteen on, except for age-period twenty-six to thirty, the single offenders vs. adults had fewer members masturbating than did any of the other groups except one. For example, between the ages of twenty-one and twenty-five, when 12 of the total of 15 groups of sex offenders and controls available for comparison had two thirds to 94 per cent of their members masturbating, only about half of the offenders vs. adults were doing so. Comparing solely the married men in our sample, the offenders vs. adults again display a low age-specific incidence. In addition to being low, the figures are curiously uniform: from age sixteen on to age thirty-five the percentages of persons with masturbatory experience within a five-year period range only from 22 to 24 per cent, and from age thirty-six to fifty only from

18 to 20 per cent. Such consistency is unique and suggests a sort of base line or irreducible minimum phenomenon.

Similarly, very few of the heterosexual offenders vs adults display high weekly frequencies: only 3 per cent had ever masturbated more than a dozen times in any one week (only one other group has a smaller percentage). Most (49 per cent) fall in the once-to-twice-a-week category.

Inspection of the average frequencies of masturbation among those engaging in this activity reveals that the single (never-married) heterosexual offenders vs. adults have, in general, quite low frequencies— the median being about once in two weeks following age fifteen; ordinarily only the incest offenders have lesser frequencies. By and large, one may say that the heterosexual offenders as a whole masturbate relatively infrequently, the offenders vs. minors less frequently than the offenders vs. children, and the offenders vs. adults least of all. As for the married offenders vs. adults who masturbated while married, one may summarize by saying that their masturbation frequencies tend to be low to moderate—usually low before age thirty-one and moderate thereafter.

As one might expect from the above, the percentage of total outlet (total orgasms) that the offenders vs. adults derived from masturbation is low. Among the single, the proportion is the smallest by far. For example, in age-period puberty-15 when the members of most groups derived two thirds or more of their orgasms from masturbation, the offenders vs. adults derived only 45 per cent; in age-period 21-25 when most others had from one third to two thirds of their outlet masturbatory, the offenders vs. adults had only one seventh.

The separated, divorced, and widowed males continue the tradition by ranking lowest in proportion of total outlet derived from masturbation from age sixteen up to age thirty-five and second lowest in age-period 36-40, with percentages of 4-6 per cent.

In this general de-emphasis of masturbation, these offenders are similar to the prison group.

Like the offenders vs. minors, the heterosexual offenders vs. adults display little tendency toward masturbatory fantasies; indeed, 18 per cent (the highest percentage) never fantasied at all. Within the various categories of fantasy—heterosexual, homosexual, sadistic, etc.— they always rank intermediate to low. None had sadomasochistic fantasies. This sexually successful group (in terms of heterosexual life) found their release in activity with females and relied little upon masturbation and sexual daydreaming. This de-emphasis of fantasy life is a part of a more general characteristic of these offenders: a relative unresponsiveness to psychic and visual stimuli.

Possibly because they masturbated so little they did not worry much about the supposed adverse effects. Whereas all our other comparative groups except the incest offenders vs. minors reported that they suffered anxiety during one third to three fifths of the years during which they masturbated, the offenders vs. adults reported worrying only 31 per cent of the time.

While the majority of the members of all groups learned of masturbation through observation and talking or reading, the offenders vs. adults had the third largest percentage (47 per cent) who learned in this fashion. Indeed, these offenders rank second (36 per cent) among those who learned from talking or reading only. Very few learned by being masturbated by another person, or invented masturbation by themselves. This heavy dependence upon seeing, hearing, or reading of masturbation is probably linked with their somewhat belated puberty —only 18 per cent were pubescent before thirteen, by which age discussion of masturbation is rife among boys—and with the relative paucity of prepubertal sex play.


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