Chastity belt

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An early (around 1400) drawing of a chastity belt
A satirical drawing from the 16th century about the uselessness of chastity belts. The young wife says: "No lock is of avail against the cunning of women; there can be no fidelity where love is not present: for that reason will I buy with your money the key I lack".

A chastity belt is a device, locked around the wearer's genitals, intended to prevent sexual intercourse. Chastity belts for women were introduced into Europe via Italy around 1400, and saw some limited degree of use during the Renaissance period of European history. In modern times, belts for both men and women are used in BDSM.