The Internet challenge requires men and people with penises to stop masturbating for a month. While it might seem harmless on the surface, sex educator and expert for Tenga Alix Fox explains it has some dark connections and is actually really dangerous. The fact NNN has been referred to by big brands like Burger King in tweets lends it an extra sense of harmlessness and legitimacy. Yet No Nut November has some dark associations and potentially damaging links It sprang from the NoFap movement, which itself originated from a thread on Reddit, and involves guys and penis-havers encouraging each other to refrain from masturbating — ostensibly in many cases to wean themselves off a perceived addiction to pornography , but also because some of them variously believe that "storing up" their semen will make them more magnetic to women, better at focusing and more "powerful". NoFap community groups and practices have been cited as helpful by some men seeking support and cheerleading to stop compulsively looking at extreme porn — we ran a really interesting interview with one such guy recently on The Modern Mann podcast Season 10 Episode 5 , where I give sex advice.
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These posts may read like an army motivational board, a triathlon training forum, or even, generously, a gamer thread. Burger King just acknowledged No Nut November. However, NNN is different. I spoke to Girl on the Net , a sex blogger who has written extensively on topics such as masturbation, sex-positivity, and the effects of porn on our mental health — key to the No Nut November philosophy.
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These are largely known for their very young male members and misogyny. While some people have attempted to use No Nut November to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer, there is at least some data suggesting that men who ejaculate regularly are at lower risk of prostate cancer. Studies have also suggested correlations between ejaculation and improved memory, deeper sleep, improved immune cell function, and decreased inflammation, Prause says. Still, the evidence in favor of ejaculation has not stopped No Nut November from spreading the seed of misinformation all over the internet. Ejaculation, again especially when paired with physically active intercourse, can reduce risk of death by heart disease.
Test Your Vocab Skills Now! Want more of the hottest words? The challenge itself riffs on No Shave November , when men grow mustaches or beards for the month, often as part of a charitable cause. So much for going hard or go home, we suppose.