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No Fap September, and other “no fap” months, are challenges in which the participants must abstain from masturbation (known as “fapping”) for an entire month. While participants may not pleasure themselves during the course of the month, they can engage in sexual intercourse with another person. The challenge bears many similarities to the 7-day No Fap Challenge, in which male Redditors attempt to cease ejaculation for seven days in order to raise testosterone levels.
No Fap September is an annual event that is rumored to have begun in the /b/ (random) board on 4chan in August of 2009, but an archived thread has yet to be found.
In March 2003, three researchers at Zhejiang University, Jiang M., Xin J., Zou Q. and Shen JW., published a paper titled A Research on the Relationship Between Ejaculation and Serum Testosterone Level in Men. The research project consisted of 28 volunteers who were tested. The results of the paper suggested that “on the 7th day of abstinence, however, a clear peak of serum testosterone appeared, reaching 145.7% of the baseline”.
No Fap Ironman Competition
On October 20th, 2006, the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Forums member Asinine submitted a post titled “The Official No Porn, No Fap Ironman Competition – Round One, Fight!”, which invited other members to abstain from masturbation for as long as possible. Contestants would be awarded one point for every six hours that porn and masturbation were avoided and persons who abstained from any type of sexual activity were awarded two points every six hours. Within two years, the post received over 422 responses.
On August 28th, 2009, Cheat Engine Forums member Jonas submitted a post titled “No fap september”, which included a calendar image with the captions “No Fap September” and “Must not fap.” On August 29th, YouTuber AlmightyDevin uploaded a video titled “No Fap September – Official Video”, which included the calendar image accompanied by instructions on how to participate in the event.
On August 31st, Club RSX Forum member awp_map submitted a post titled “No Fap September”, which urged other members to join him in the challenge. The same day, Mustang World Forums member Ducky posted a thread titled “No FAP September”, announcing that sex would be allowed during the challenge. On September 1st, Urban Dictionary user stewfubuddy submitted a definition for “no fap september”, which described potential costs and benefits of participating in the challenge. On July 5th, 2010, YouTuber AngryAussie uploaded a video titled “Must Not Fap! The remix”, which included a spoken word remix urging viewers to avoid masturbating.
On September 1st, Cheat Engine Forums member Nirojan posted a thread titled “It’s no fap September”, in which he remarked that he had already lost the challenge. On the following day, Body Building Forums member Squeeks posted a thread titled “No Fap September”, who revealed that after two days he was “humping everything I lay on.” On June 20th, 2011, the /r/nofap subreddit was created, which serves as a community for those who wish to abstain from masturbation. On October 18th, Body Building Forums member Preparation submitted a thread titled “The No Fap Thread to End All No Fap Threads”, which lauded the benefits of abstaining from masturbation, citing the website Your Brain on Porn. On May 16th, 2012, the TED YouTube channel posted a talk by Southern Oregon University professor Gary Wilson titled “The Great Porn Experiment”, which warned about the dangers of frequent use of porn by male Internet users and referenced the /r/nofap subreddit (shown below). On May 19th, Redditor Mind_Virus submitted the video to the /r/technology subreddit, where it received over 1,730 up votes and 400 comments within three months.
Following the inception of No Fap September, many began implementing the challenge in other months with events like No Fap February, No Fap October and No Fap November, thus bringing about derivative events based around the same concept: no masturbation. Online discussions pertaining to the topic of No Fap challenges can be found on a wide range of communities, from gaming and car enthusiast forums like G-Shack, IGN and FacePunch to word reference sites like Urban Dictionary and Yahoo Answers. In addition to monthly challenges, the hypothetical concept of No Fap Decade has been also discussed on various communities like IGN Forum, 4chan’s /b/ board and Bungie.net Forum among others.
On April 5th, 2014, Rory Patrick of Portland, Oregon announced on Twitter that he would abstain from masturbating or sexual activities for 100 days (shown below).
As Patrick continued to share updates on his progress, his friends and followers on Twitter soon began expressing support for his self-imposed challenge with the hashtag #Rory100.
On July 14th, Patrick completed the challenge and celebrated his achievement via Twitter (shown below).
In the following week, VICE ran a feature interview with Rory Patrick, who explained that he decided to abstain from masturbation for self-motivational reasons.
I’d just noticed how jerking off had altered the trajectory of my day-to-day life. For instance, sometimes I’d planned to go to the gym or go on a run, and then I’d say to myself, “OK, you’re going to run, so let’s have a nice moment to yourself before that.” After masturbating, though, I’d find myself curled up in my bed watching television with a bag of chips instead of actually running. Coming was also my primary coping strategy for stress or pain, and that just didn’t seem healthy at all.
BodyBuilding Forum – a real LEGIT no fap November challenge. REAL miscers GTFIH
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