BY KAYLA KIBBE
Generally speaking, masturbating at work is something that tends to be discouraged in most professional settings — unless of course you’re Matthew McConaughey’s character in Wolf of Wall Street explaining how his active workplace masturbation habits (plus lots of cocaine) are the key to professional success, and suggesting Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort adopt a similar routine.
Well, just call Erika Lust Matthew McConaughey’s character in Wolf of Wall Street (no one knows his name, doesn’t matter) because the indie filmmaker has officially sanctioned workplace masturbation on her set, encouraging her employees to take 30-minute masturbation breaks during the work day. Of course, authorized masturbation breaks are much less surprising coming from the offices of an erotic filmmaker than a more traditional workplace environment, but the move still marks an important step in normalizing masturbation and acknowledging the many mental health benefits it can provide.
Lust says the initiative will continue throughout the year, aims to de-stigmatize masturbation and the role it can and should play in everyday health and wellness. Additionally, Lust hopes the move will also enhance her employees’ workplace productivity and satisfaction.
“With the pandemic and the huge shift in how we live our lives, I began to notice that my employees had become somewhat agitated and were performing with less energy than before,” she told Dazed. “So, knowing that there’s only one thing that will make everyone feel good, I’ve set up a private masturbation station for them to enjoy. I value my employees and I know that when they feel good, we do good work.”