This Video Shows the Story of a Woman's First Time Masturbating and Proves It's the Best Sex Ever

This is the story of a book nerd turned self-lovin' queen.

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A new video, animated by Glamour, tells the tale of a 27-year-old's first time masturbating, and how she learned the art of self-pleasure. The video, narrated by Mariel herself, tells how she grew up turning the pages of every classic literary novel under the sun. Then, one day, Mariel takes an interesting left turn in the library and comes across a whole new world of adult books.

When these sex stories got stale, she moved onto erotica – a topic that got Mariel thinking about all the feels happening "down there." "Things felt funny and good down there, but I didn't know enough to touch it..." she explains. Then, on one fateful night, the then 13-year-old decided to take a hint from the sexiness in her books, and dove into the world of masturbation. "I saw stars," she says. "I must have come in less than 30 seconds."

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Post-pleasure, Mariel explains that she felt proud of herself, but also somewhat regretful that she didn't know about it sooner. And when it came to sex, Mariel explains that it's never compared to the self-pleasuring abilities she has. "I still think the best sex I've ever had is with myself," she says. She's no pro, though: Mariel is the first to admit that masturbation requires "trial and error" to see what works and what you like best.