F rom a sunny sitting room, year-old Kristel beams at the camera she has set up to broadcast her life to her 49, YouTube subscribers. Instead, she credits her new glow to a movement that has lurked in corners of the internet for several years. Kristel is a follower of NoFap , a platform that encourages its users to refrain from masturbation. She claims her new lifestyle has led to a complete physical and mental reformation. The flippantly named NoFap community has gained a strange prominence since it was founded in by Pittsburgh web developer Alexander Rhodes. Having first gained momentum among men in Reddit forums and backwaters of the internet, the community regards NoFap as a sexual health program to combat porn addiction. She says the vast majority of her viewers are based in the US, with a smaller but significant following in India. In an attempt to engage its rising female cohort, NoFap has recently introduced new measures including hiring female moderators and creating women in reboot forums. Kristel has become something of a poster-girl for the Femstronaut movement, but there is a darker side to NoFap.
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It's a community called NoFap, and it has its own theories, ideology, and mutual support. It first appeared in a web comic called Sexy Losers to denote the sound of a character pleasuring himself. On UrbanDictionary , it's the " onomatopoeic representation of masturbation. There are currently more than 81, members of this community. They call themselves "fapstronauts," and attribute a number of major life changes to the practice, such as increased confidence, concentration, motivation, libido, and even penis size. For some it's a means of addressing concerns with their porn consumption, while others see it as a means to healthier relationships. Still others engage in it as nothing more than a heavy-duty test in self-control.
Last week, Reddit announced a new policy: If someone informs the site that their naked pictures have been published without their permission, the pics will be taken down. This radically reasonable policy has left Reddit's entitled masturbators furious and fed up. The takedown rule, described in a post by Reddit's management , exposed what is perhaps the site's greatest, stupidest contradiction: The community values nothing more than personal privacy and the inviability of personal rights—unless it's time to jerk off. Like songbirds all trapped in one big technolibertarian, hypocritical cage, a male-dominated meltdown has screeched its way all across Reddit.
Multiple Reddit users are sharing their experiences using toothpaste as a replacement for lube, and now doctors are warning the public that it's a dangerous idea. One user said they felt a burning sensation spread throughout their penis after applying the toothpaste to masturbate, and several days later it was left raw and covered in scabs. Toothpaste should never be used as a lube substitute under any circumstances, according to medical professionals and sexual health educators. Here's what you need to know about what can happen if you use toothpaste on your genitals — and why you should just not. In some cases, like what's described by one Reddit user, genital skin may even become discolored for a period of time due to the intense irritation. Toothpaste should also go nowhere near the vagina, and can have serious side effects if it does. One Reddit user detailed an experience where they burned their clitoris by putting toothpaste on it to masturbate, resulting in a "screeching volcanic mound of absolute agony. In addition to causing skin irritation, inflammation, and scarring, toothpaste can also disrupt the delicate pH balance vaginas must maintain to be healthy and infection-free.