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A technique used in sex therapy, consisting of a structured programme of non-genital tactile stimulation, stroking, and pleasuring, with a strict prohibition of intercourse or genital contact. It was introduced by the US gynaecologist and sexologist William Howell Masters (1915–2001) and Virginia E(shelman) Johnson (born 1925) in a series of publications including their influential books Human Sexual Response (1966) and On Sex and Loving (1986).

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