These Weird Masturbation Techniques Could Change Your Life Forever

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A member of staff at the OneTaste movement

Can you wank your way to inner peace? According to the OneTaste movement, you can. OneTaste are purveyors of “the partnered practice of female orgasm”, which they describe as orgasmic meditation (OM). This form of meditation is a practice that functions like any other pursuit towards mindfulness, only instead of focusing on deep breathing or repeated mantras, OM centres its energies around having someone – anyone – stroke your clitoris for 15 minutes.

It works like this: after building a “nest” out of soft furnishings, the stroking partner lubes a gloved finger, sets a timer for exactly 15 minutes and strokes the “upper left quadrant” of the woman’s clitoris with no goal but to “feel what is happening in the moment”. Before the 15 minutes commences, the stroker examines and describes the vagina they’re about to stroke, discussing colour, texture, shape and any feelings they’re having while looking at it. This is a pretty uncomfortable thing to watch. At the end of the allotted time, both parties share a glimpse of their experience, using sentences like, “A white light extended from your pussy through to my finger.” (In OM, the vagina is always, always, a “pussy”.) Theoretically, the experience is equally intense for both participants – stroker and strokee.

OM-ing has grown quickly since the founding of the first OneTaste centre in San Francisco in 2001 by Nicole Daedone. Thousands of flush-faced members now swear by it, while a few critics have gone so far as to describe it as a sex cult. One of those flush-faced members is Justine Dawson, a former social worker who used to help homeless women and children, but who now dedicates herself full-time to the far more noble pursuit of helping women come.

She recently moved to London, so I had a chat with her to find out how OM-approved masturbation could change our lives.

VICE: So, what is orgasmic meditation, in your words? It kind of sounds like tantra, but it’s supposedly nonsexual, right?