Battita Dossi, Nymph of Spring (16th century).
Women's solo sex can be taboo even today. But in 17th century England it featured in many texts from poetry to medical books, suggesting knowledge or even acceptance of female self-pleasure.
It is normal for girls and women to masturbate.
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It is normal for girls and women to masturbate, and there are even health benefits.
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