Better yet, the New York City Department of Health recommends mutual masturbation as a COVID-19 precaution. The main appeal is that masturbating separately — yet together — is easier than penetrative or oral sex, yet can still result in stress relief, mood boosts, emotional connection and all the other perks of sex. Considering masturbation is typically a one-person thing, mutual masturbation might sound like an oxymoron, but it's not. So, just as any thorough manifesto does, we'll start with a definition: Mutual masturbation puts two (or more!) people having solo sex into the same room (or Skype session).