What Is Nut-Free November (and Should You Participate)?

This is the beginning of November for No Nut, an annual internet contest that has contestants abstaining from orgasm for a month. This unusual annual abstinence event started on the Internet around 2011, probably as a satirical version of Movember , and has grown in popularity ever since. It’s hard to say how many people actually participate in NNN, but the November Reddit group No Nut November has almost 100,000 members .

As you might guess, these are mostly men, but women are also encouraged to participate.

What are the No Nut November rules?

The NNN rules are easy to understand but hard to follow: don’t climax in November. Don’t rub one in porn (at least don’t rub it completely in porn) and don’t complete the act with your partner. Wet dreams do not count, although lucid emission will disqualify you.

“Any loopholes like nut coupons, birthday gifts, the three-hit rule or something like that will take you out of the competition. If you’re looking for any loopholes of this kind, then you’ve already lost, “says the November Reddit No Nut .

“To clarify, the problem is withholding orgasm, not any other thing. Watching pornography, spending time with your partner, masturbating and even having sex is FULLY ALLOWED. Only climax or orgasm will disqualify you. ”

How serious is November without nuts?

The serious “no orgasm” command is on the “NoFap” Reddit board . November No Nut is a much more lighthearted event. This is more of an opportunity for post memes (some of which are really funny ) or discussing sex and masturbation habit than a serious movement; although there are some adherents who genuinely tout the benefits, claiming increased mental clarity, increased productivity, and that abstinence is beneficial for people who are “addicted” to porn and masturbation.

Case against No Nut November

While not having an orgasm for a month probably won’t hurt you, there doesn’t seem to be much scientific evidence for its benefits. If anything, there are contraindications that a healthy sex life can lower blood pressure , make it easier to fall asleep, and help prevent prostate cancer .

Even the idea that No Nut November can help people who masturbate compulsively seems scientifically dubious. “There are no randomized clinical trials supporting abstinence as part of the treatment for compulsive sexual behavior,” said paternal psychophysiologist and neuroscientist Nicole Prause.

While not so serious, No Nut November seems like a holdover from the Victorian idea that “misusing oneself” can lead to all kinds of detrimental consequences. Here is an excerpt from RJ Brody ‘s Secret Companion: A Medical Work on Masturbation or Self-Contamination , because Victorian writings on masturbation are amazing:

Sages and moralistic writers of all ages have vividly described the terrible and terrible result of masturbation – a passion that imperceptibly, step by step, captures the imagination of its victim until all moral feelings are destroyed and all physical forces are destroyed.

Case No Nut November

There is nothing wrong with “becoming the master of your field” for a month – I am not the type to be ashamed – and some will argue that there is something wonderful about postponing pleasure for the sake of pleasure itself. Like cleansing or fasting.

Abstaining from pleasure as a way to curb your own urges is nothing new. November No Nut is at least somewhat similar to religious traditions revolving around abstinence, like the period of Great Lent in Catholicism, even if the goals are very different – this does not mean that too many people abstain from orgasm to reflect on the suffering of Christ. …

Even without a high spiritual goal, at least giving up masturbation frees up a lot of time to spend learning a second language (assuming you really make time for yourself), and in the end it’s a fun Internet challenge that almost everyone will lose.

Destroy Dick December

Finally, it must be said that there cannot be a better sequel to “No Nut November” than ” Destroy Dick December”.

This less popular annual event offers a more hedonistic (but ultimately more difficult) rooster challenge: a nut once on December 1, twice on December 2, and so on until December 31, when you bump into December 31. once – I assume that a trail of dust or a ghost will come out of it.


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