Illustration of John Henry Kellogg.

Masturbation: A Short History of a Great Taboo

Epic short film, Magical Caresses.

This film by Lori Malépart-Traversy is a fascinating peak into the legacy of the Graham Cracker guy, Sylvester Graham, And the Kellogg’s guy, John Harvey Kellog, and other Presbyterian and Seventh Day Adventists.1

Magical Caresses | Masturbation: A Short History of a Great Taboo from National Film Board of Canada on Vimeo.


  1. “The foods Kellogg developed also tended to be bland. In this, Kellogg followed the teachings of Ellen G. White and Sylvester Graham who recommended a diet of bland foods to minimize excitement, sexual arousal, and masturbation.” Notes on John Harvey Kellogg

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