I was quite surprised, shocked actually, to see the article below pop up in my newsfeed earlier today. In it Het Nieuwsblad, a national Belgian newspaper, is having a good laugh with what it refers to as this Nofap-'movement' (really can't stand this term). Reporter Arthur De Meyer suggests that Nofap is a collection of what he calls incels, trolls flirting with pseudoscience. For those who don't understand Dutch, most I guess, I have translated the portion of the article that is the most disturbing, and to be honest, a blatant attack on anyone who dares to question the masturbation habit. https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20191104_04699371 "#NoFap The reason for this abstinence? That's not quite clear, different interpretations are circulating on the internet. Some claim that it's a good way of boosting your stamina and willpower. Others claim that you become a wizard when you don't masturbate for a long time. The origin of this escalated meme is to be found in the NoFap-movement. The latter is a movement of men, founded in the dark corners of internetfora 4Chan and Reddit, who solemnly swear to never masturbate again. Initially it was a self help group for people with sex- and porn addictions, but today it has grown into a collection of incels (men who against their own will become celibate, mostly virulent women-haters ed.) and trolls flirting with pseudoscience. For instance, they claim that abstinence will boost your concentration and willpower. They also claim that your reasoning improves and that you become stronger. Ejaculation is 'lost energy' wasted on 'selfish pleasure.' Pseudoscience Some also claim that ejaculating will cause zinc deficiencies in the body. However, there is no scientific background for this claim. It is, as is the case with a lot of memes, difficult to draw a line between internetfolklore and crazies who actually believe this. On 4Chan people even laughingly made the suggestion that you are able to levitate after just 2 weeks. Needless to say the latter is a joke, but in general most of the nofap-pages (on Reddit etc.) are filled with incel-inspired hatred against women. Because incels choose to go through life without sex, they think of masturbating as a pathetic alternative. Not masturbating for them is the final form of their incel-existence. Let this be clear: there is not a single scientific reason for No Nut November. From a medical point of view, ejaculating regularly is good for sexual health, mental peace and it's an excellent way of letting off steam. It also helps prevent prostate problems at a later age. Fortunately most people who accept the challenge pick up on the humor of it all." WTF? Is this even legal? Like seriously, if this isn't taking press freedom to a whole other level, I don't know what is. Are people seriously no longer free to make their own choices without being portrayed as nut cases in the national press? Had this reporter done some research, as a reporter should, he would have found that there is pretty strong evidence to support nofap. But I guess this is just another porn-junkie who has never heard of people or scientists such as Gary Wilson, Dr. Don Hilton or Dr. Judith Reisman, all of whom have discovered a deep seated connection between masturbation and all kinds of issues, both psychological and physiological in nature.