I think masturbation is a fundamental representation of the incapacity of a male to handle female rejection. . So basically masturbation is a denial of rejection. As long as you keep masturbating/touching yourself, you can't ever face reality and feel actual rejection. What happens when we masturbate and what do we like to think we are doing? We like to think and we somewhat feel we are with a woman, that we got the woman, even if in reality we did not. Even if in reality we get rejected often or we feel most women would not be interested in us (we would not get most women) Same thing happens in porn/erotica/instagram/sex fantasizing. You like that woman you see in porn, that woman you saw at the grocery shop etc? You masturbate and you "have her". No matter how many past, current or future rejections one gets, masturbation is immediately available as an (unhealthy and immature) coping mechanism, like a pacifier or thumb sucking for babies that don't have their mother breastfeeding them.