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WAWIBF... Wanking

22 July 2006

Now we all like a wank. Anyone who says they don't is either lying, for strange and most probably religious reasons, or is Darren Moulding, who we went to school with and who was so bizarrely sexless and waxy and fond of chess that we actually believed him when he denied it. Eventually. So yes, wanking is common as muck. Less common however, is wanking in front of complete strangers. In fact, as a rule, wanking in front of complete strangers - especially without consent - is actually considered indecent. Thank Onan then, for the Wankathon. (We can't be calling it the 'masturbate-a-thon'. Even though that is in fact its real name. Sorry. It simply isn't catchy enough.)

When we first wrote about the Wankathon a few years ago, it was just another of those wacky American things; something we could justifiably and perhaps rather superciliously roll our eyes at and say, predictably, 'only in America'. This year however, after six years in California, the Wankathon is coming to England. From 2pm to 10pm on Saturday August 5th, at the Drop Studios in Clerkenwell, there will be sponsored wanking. Three rooms - one just for the ladies, one just for the men and one mixed. In each room there will be screens for those who want to wank in private but to us that seems to rather defeat the object. Couples are welcome but are not allowed to touch one another. This is a wankathon. Not a fuckfest.

There will also be cameras, as Channel 4 are picking up the event as part of their upcoming Wank Week. No, really. Well, we're all in favour and are sorely tempted to pop along and join in. We'd only be sitting at home wanking otherwise. Might as well raise some money for sexual health issues along the way. And cop an eyeful of some other people's genitals.

Come. Join us.

Or be like Popbitch and simply call Channel 4 'tossers'. Nice work, chaps. Keep it up

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