Sticky, A (Self) Love Story is a documentary about a touchy subject; touching yourself. Everyone masturbates but nobody talks about it. (“Hey Susan, how’s the masturbation going?”) So filmmaker Nicholas Tana decided to talk to people about “spanking the monkey,” “paddling the pink canoe, “petting the kitty,” and “sayin’ hi to the monster.”
The film also touches on the history of masturbation with the story of former Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, who was fired after suggesting at an AIDS conference that masturbation be taught in school as an alternative to sex. Then there is the story of supremely talented Paul Reubens/Pee Wee Herman, whose career was ruined after a small town newspaper journalist in Florida (trying to make a name for herself) wrote about him masturbating in a porn theater. “Isn’t that what those places are for?” asks Circle Jerks/Black Flag’s Keith Morris.