Orthodoxy is slowly accepting the fact that women masturbate and that this masturbation can be a positive thing, an Orthodox sex therapist says.
The problem is, that Orthodox sex therapist reportedly could not find an Orthodox publisher for his book.
Another problem is that many Orthodox rabbis view female masturbation as the lesser of two evils, not something normal and healthy.
“Orthodox women marry later in life these days, and rabbis realize this raises the risk of them having premarital sex. So even if some rabbis wouldn’t like women to masturbate, they figure it might at least keep them from having sex,” that Orthodox sex therapist, Max Grunberg, told the JTA.
For his part, Rabbi Natan Lopes Cardozo blames the widespread Orthodox disapproval of female masturbation on Christianity – even though there is plenty of evidence that much of the rabbinic anti-female-sexuality attitudes found in Judaism came from Babylonian rabbis, rabbis who were born, raised and who lived in a completely non-Christian culture.
“There is no prohibition on female masturbation. The Jewish tradition has a healthy attitude toward sexual pleasure. I think the Orthodox world was influenced by Christianity to view it as a taboo,” Cardozo reportedly said.
Cardozo also forgets to mention that normative Orthodox-haredi halakha views female masturbation as being prohibited. It sees it as a subcategory of the prohibition against following the wanton customs of the ancient Egyptians who enslaved us.
No one over at the JTA bothered to point out Cardozo's foolishness, however.
Is female masturbation actually prohibited biblically? Of course not. Is it terrible or wrong? No, it isn't. Are there ways within halakha as it exists today to permit it? Yes, there certainly are.
Perhaps the JTA can address these points more clearly in a followup article.