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.
It is now believed that Medieval chastity belts never existed, rather they were a myth which probably begun in the 19th century. 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 1800's.
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