Probably not even a week.
It's November, which means that, once again, a select group of Very Online Men will be forgoing their favorite activity: lazily stroking their pee-pee into cheap paper products.
"No Nut November" began exactly the way anyone who has spent any time on the Internet would expect. Some guy with the username "bicboi6969696969" made it up and posted it on Urban Dictionary in November, 2011. Then, six years later, a bunch of other Internet guys found it and ran with it.
To be fair, "No Nut November" wasn't exactly a new concept. "No Fap" months ("fapping" means jerking off, for any of you normies out there) had supposedly existed since 2009 when an anonymous user posted about "No Fap September" on 4chan's /b/ board (or so the legend goes), although the concept didn't gain much traction until a 2011 Reddit post in the TIL (todayilearned) subreddit. The initial post concerned a 2003 research paper about "the relationship between ej*culation and serum testosterone level in men," which ultimately suggested that "on the 7th day of abstinence...a clear peak of serum testosterone appeared, reaching 145.7% of the baseline."
Internet randos took this to mean that not jerking off for a week would give a man superpowers, thus spawning a No Fap subreddit, endless memes, and the 7-Day No Fap Challenge. But seven days is child's play, and "No Fap September" doesn't have nearly as nice of a ring to it as "No Nut November," so here we are.
While there's definitely some unsavory, sexist elements to the No Fap movement, the core ideology is actually kind of wholesome. According to FiveThirtyEight, 50% of men under age 50 touch themselves at least a few times per month (and the percentage doesn't get that much smaller until age 60, when it drops to just over 30%). Participants in this month's challenge recognize that all that wanking time could be better spent reading a book or playing video games or doing literally anything else, so ideally, No Nut November allows men to further their not wiener-related hobbies, or potentially even discover new interests.
Or, you know, you could just give up and yank your little ding dong instead. Make your own choices.
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With social media giants like Facebook and Instagram woven into our daily lives, does a boycott have real weight?
Kim Kardashian has nearly 190 million followers on Instagram, where she's in the habit of posting at least once a day.
If her followers were a nation, they would be the 8th most populous on the planet. But the citizens of Kardashia (Kimeroon? The United Kimdom?) will not be receiving any diplomatic news or thirst traps from their dear leader on Wednesday.
As she announced on Instagram on Tuesday, she is taking part in the one-day boycott of Instagram and Facebook organized by Stop Hate for Profit and promoted by other celebrities, from Katy Perry to Leonardo DiCaprio.
The model has accused photographer Jonathan Leder of sexually assaulting her in 2012.
Content Warning: The following article contains depictions of sexual assault.
Emily Ratajkowski isn't one to stay silent.
The model and actress, who's perhaps most widely recognized as "the girl from the 'Blurred Lines' music video," has used her platform over the past few years to engage in notable activism. She was spotted at Black Lives Matter protests in Los Angeles earlier this year and has been a loud advocate for women's rights, even serving as a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood.