By Daniel EngberPosted Thursday, July 16, 2009, at 2:56 PM ET
Isn't it wonderful when science and religion come together? My Slate colleague William Saletan points out that a recent paper has laid the groundwork for a pro-life defense of onanism. According to obstetrician David Greening, a rigorous program of daily masturbation can actually improve sperm quality in men with fertility problems. (Samples collected at the end of the program showed less DNA damage and higher sperm motility than samples from control subjects.) Since masturbation can help you have babies, Saletan argues, it must also serve the "procreative and unitive purposes" described in the Catechism. [continued]
How did I miss this discussion? My dog gives himself fellatio. Complete with sounds and moans and movements. It's brilliant. He is 11 1/2 half now and has done it ever since he was a puppy. I say "good for you!" He is neutered, so no sperm, but he gets completely hard and climaxes. I see nothing wrong with it at all. I just leave him alone to do his thing.