A banner reading "China's first jack-off competition" welcomed participants and voyeurs alike to, well, China's first jack-off competition. The public display of self affection went down in Shenzhen, China, on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day. It was sponsored by sex toy manufacturer Aihuirun.com, who said the event was "intended to emphasise Chinese sexual freedom and promote masturbation as a safe, zero-risk-of-getting-HIV form of release."

Sure, alright, I'm down. Except for all the participants were guys and all of the people helping to, er, tantalize them, were ladies. The scantily clad women danced around and played with sex toys and inflatable dolls, while the men worked away. Because women can't get freaky with themselves in public? And I know it was for anonymity, but the creepiness factor was heightened because the dudes were wearing creepy masks and also, had what appeared to be modified traffic cones* shielding their wangs.

As someone who's had several boys expose themselves to me in public — I'm not special, I bet that's the case with pretty much every city-dwelling lady who's reading — the thought of a dude masturbating out in the open doesn't seem all that liberating to me. I agree that masturbation is a safe, great way to sexually satisfy yourself, but I'm not sure who this message is really intended for? And what if those guys would rather have scantily clad gentlemen dancing around with blow-up dolls? So many questions!

*or do you think those are beach pails? I'm never building a sand castle again!

Photos: China's first masturbation contest held in Shenzhen for World AIDS Day [Shanghaiist]