Sticky Director’s Statement When people ask how I came up with the idea for a documentary on self-pleasure, I tell them it started as a joke, as a way to get attention as a filmmaker and to make people laugh. But once I got past the jokes, I was shocked to realize that most people have a touchy relationship with self-pleasure. Still you may be asking yourself, why make a documentary about self-love? There is almost no education about self-pleasure. In 1994, the first female African American Surgeon General, Dr. Joycelyn Elders, suggested at an AIDS conference that we teach about self-pleasure in school as a healthy alternative to intercourse. This resulted in her forced resignation by former president Bill Clinton, the man who committed adultery with his intern using a cigar. Our views of self-pleasure are very political. The attempts to control people’s fantasies for fear of moral depravity influence the laws that govern self-love. As recently as 2010, Christine O’Donnell, a Tea Party favorite, made national headlines because of comments she made in the 1980s on an MTV program about intercourse, stating that self-pleasuring to pornography was equivalent to adultery. Even in the twenty-first century, society is ambivalent as to whether self-love is right or wrong, healthy or harmful. The major religions of the world disagree on whether self-pleasure is a sin. Eastern medicine and Western medicine argue whether it is healthy or harmful. Two recent studies on the link between self-pleasure and prostate cancer yielded contrary results. While as a society we are increasingly more comfortable with sex, evidenced by countless commercials for Viagra, self-pleasure still remains a taboo topic. When was the last time we saw a pleasure toy commercial? To the contrary, there are a number of states that have tried to uphold a ban on the sale and purchase of pleasure toys. Can an argument be made for legislating such laws or is this a clear violation of our rights to bear genitals? There may be some risk to warrant our fear of what has become the world’s most popular taboo. Some sexologists believe excessive self-pleasure leads to Sexual ADD, a condition where people lose interest in intercourse with a partner. Other studies show that people can become addicted to the serotonin and dopamine released in the body when self-pleasuring to pornography. There are so many questions with so few answers. Why make a documentary on self-love? The more interesting question is, why hasn’t one been made before?