No Nut November or NNN is a popular internet challenge where participants forgo ejaculation for the entire month of November. The challenge garnered widespread attention in 2017 and has been consistently gaining traction ever since.
The challenge, however, started much earlier with its first documentation in 2006! The current rules of this internet fad are a culmination of the concept’s journey in the past decade.
The Origin of No Nut November
As bizarre as it may sound, the first-ever No Fap challenge was documented in a Subaru enthusiast forum in October 2006. NASIOC (North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club) is a closed forum for Subaru owners and enthusiasts where they discuss the mods and performance enhancements available for their Subarus.
Interestingly, a member of the forum posted their first off-topic Ironman Competition in October 2006. The challenge asked members to forgo masturbation to earn points. Whoever goes the longest without touching themselves would win.
Though confined within the forum, the idea made its way to 4Chan in 2009 giving birth to No Fap September. It has rules similar to the present day NNN challenge. The challenge was inspired by a 2003 Chinese study about the benefits of non-ejaculation.
The experiment suggested a clear spike in testosterone levels of men who retained their semen. This challenge popularized the concept of abstinence so much that it made its way into the formation of the subreddit group NoFap.
Reddit’s NoFap Community
Subreddit group NoFap is arguably the biggest pro-anti-masturbation community on the internet. Rather than seeing it as another internet joke, the members of NoFap acknowledge the detrimental effects of masturbation and porn addiction.
They discuss and share tips to prevent self-abuse as their goal is to help each other lead a more disciplined life. The 2011 self-help group has a whopping 887,000 members currently! However, the NNN challenge as we know it today was first mentioned on Urban Dictionary.
No Shave November to No Nut November
No Shave November is a month-long challenge where participants don’t shave or groom to raise awareness about Cancer. Participants are expected to donate the money saved (from not grooming) towards the education of cancer prevention.
Many took part in this arguably easier challenge without being aware of the idea behind it. Since NNN took off, it hasn’t been as popular among netizens as before. Despite the loss of traction, the movement still gets donations and is going strong.
The phrase No Nut November was documented for the first time on Urban Dictionary in 2011 by user Bicboi6969696969. It replaced No Fap September after a few years, possibly because it rolls off the tongue better.
Rules of No Nut November
The Urban Dictionary definition allowed sexual intercourse but masturbation was strictly not allowed. Though created in 2011, NNN only got mass attention in 2017. The reason for the sudden spike, however, has no definite answer.
YouTuber Threeio posted a video in November 2017 titled Welcome to No Nut November. He explained and encouraged people of all genders to participate by keeping their hands off their nuts. At the same time, multiple participants started tweeting about their experience as well.
Due to the gaining popularity, even mainstream media picked up the challenge. Several articles have been published and memes for the month are almost always based around it. As NNN implied not ‘nutting’, the rules changed again or at least had two sets of them.
Bicboi6969696969’s Urban Dictionary entry only forbade masturbation but the revised rules prevented ‘nutting’ altogether. Interestingly, non-ejaculatory masturbation and intercourse are allowed (with the exemption of precum) along with one wet dream for the whole month.
History of No Nut November to Today
The challenge has become more than an internet meme or memes have become the modern way of life. Every year, more people take part in the challenge that was once a joke on a car enthusiast forum.
The widespread attention has also given birth to new perspectives on the challenge; some claim it to be misogynistic and have roots in far-right movements! These arguments might be baseless, but it is interesting how this internet fad has become a field for research.
For those of you who have been trying to work on your addiction, this November might be your chance for a fresh start. Take this universally celebrated challenge to test yourself and reap the benefits of abstinence.
Remember folks, it’s not Christmas yet so let’s not make it snow!