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 to prevent sexual intercourse. Chastity belts for women were introduced into Europe from Italy, and saw some limited degree of use during the Renaissance period.[1][2][3]

They were not used until the 16th century, and then only rather rarely. They first became widely available as 19th-century anti-masturbation medical devices.[2][4] Many of the belts on public display in museums have now been tested to determine their correct age, with the earliest found to originate in the early 1800s.

In modern times, belts for both men and women are used in BDSM.

References[change | change source]

  1. Rosenthal, Martha 2012. Human sexuality: from cells to society. Cengage Learning, p11. ISBN 1133711448
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The secret histories of chastity belts: myth and reality". Museum, Library and Archives of the History of Medicine. Archived from the original on April 4, 2020. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  3. "forgery / chastity-belt". Museum. Archived from the original on November 14, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  4. Ley, David J. 2012. Insatiable wives: women who stray and the men who love them. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 176–177. ISBN 1442200324