My life as a masturbator began long before I had heard the term or even knew what it was. I have no recollection of when it started, but I remember I used to tickle my private parts in bed at night, and that it felt very good. There was no ejaculation or orgasm associated with this activity -- just a nice, intense feeling I enjoyed. I'm sure that at age 10 I was doing this regularly.
I was really naive when I hit puberty. I was about 12 and was at summer camp for the first time when I "discovered" my penis. It seemed to go from little-boy-size to a 5" erection practically overnight, but I had no idea what to do with it. At camp, we had 5 kids and a counselor in each tent. The counselor was never around when we had to be in bed, so there was always a lot of talk among the boys.
As a boy of 6 I stayed on my uncle's farm for the summer. His 2 daughters were older than me by 6 and 7 years. Being farm girls they knew about sex and loved to take me to the attic where spare featherbeds were kept. There we all got naked and on those big, fluffy mattresses they taught me the basics of sex. I remember my little penis getting hard, and how it felt good when they would ride it (without penetration). But they rode it so long it got sore and I insisted on playing a different game.
I don't really remember discovering masturbation on a specific occasion, but I do remember that when I was about 10 or 11 I used to find it fun to lie on my stomach in bed with my penis between the fingers of my hand and move my hips up and down. I did this because it felt good and didn't associate it with sex, and so I wasn't at all embarrassed about it -- though my dad did try to stop me from doing it on more than one occasion. It felt too good to stop, though, so I would carry on again as soon as he left.
[This biography is by the same reader who wrote Shimmying up swing poles.]
I feel strange saying I began masturbating at age 11 between the 6th and 7th grades, but I read about other boys starting to "do IT" as early as age 8. Well, I did do something at that age, but couldn't identify "it" as sexual or something to be embarrassed about until I touched my penis one summer's night after the 6th grade. The discovery was awesome, but the approaches to "it" using the thumb above and the index finger below were scary.
The first time I masturbated I was 10 or 11 and was watching "Saturday Night Live" with my 15-year-old stepsister. I think we were playing truth or dare, and the topic of masturbation came up. I was like, "Huh?" She explained it to me with almost no details or anything. That night, BOY -- did I have a good time. I masturbated about 4 times (all dry). I think I was even making sex noises -- "uhhs" and "oohs." The next day I went to school and told my friends about it. On Friday they all came over to my house, where we all masturbated.