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.
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. 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.
In modern times, belts for both men and women are used in BDSM.
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- Rosenthal, Martha 2012. Human sexuality: from cells to society. Cengage Learning, p11. ISBN 1133711448
- "The secret histories of chastity belts: myth and reality". semmelweis.museum.hu/Semmelweis Museum, Library and Archives of the History of Medicine. http://www.semmelweis.museum.hu/muzeum/kiallitasok/erenyov/reszletes_en.html. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
- "forgery / chastity-belt". britishmuseum.org/British Museum. http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=41046&partId=1&searchText=Chastity%20belt. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
- Ley, David J. 2012. Insatiable wives: women who stray and the men who love them. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 176–177. ISBN 1442200324
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