Tracing the origins of Male Chastity Devices

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Literature traces the origin of the chastity belt to the middle Ages. Chastity tool to prohibit adultery and make masturbation impossible, among other functions, the chastity belt fuels many fantasies. Nowadays, it is notably a privileged accessory in the exercise of certain BDSM practices.

Chastity belt: myth or reality?

Many literary sources refer to it from the middle Ages, but did the chastity belt really exist?

Chastity belt: definition

Many images of more or less elaborate chastity belts feed the web and specialized publications. At the base, it is a metal equipment which consists of a padlocked belt around the waist, and on which is fixed a plate passed between the legs and intended to cover the genital openings while allowing satisfy natural needs.

No evidence of the use of chastity belts in the middle Ages

The Crusaders going to war would have equipped their wives with chastity belts to ensure their loyalty, yet there is no tangible proof of this collective fantasy. This cumbersome metallic equipment, very primary in its initial vocation, would have posed significant hygiene issues, beyond its very macho connotation and its reducing role with regard to women. And even at a time as distant as the Middle Ages, it seems that men did not succumb to the use of a metal chastity belt and provided with a padlock. Unlike fetish objects widely used in BDSM practices today, this tool of chastity would have been only a metaphor and its traces remaining as an object of curiosity would be the fruit of the imagination of their designers.

The fact remains that certain ancestral graphic representations illustrate the use of a system aimed, if not at ensuring the fidelity of the wife, in expressing in public her attachment to the other. These accessories were materialized by more romantic objects, such as scarves attached to the waist or a knot made on a garment as a mark of the marital bond.

Chastity tool and other vocations

But what is the chastity belt used for in its original design?

Several functions are assigned to it, beyond its basic vocation to prohibit all forms of sexual intercourse. The chastity belt prohibits adultery but at the same time prevents rape. By blocking access to the genital orifices, this mystical ancestral tool is also an obstacle to masturbation – beyond making any form of intercourse impossible: cunnilingus, penetration or anal sex. A fantasy object, the chastity belt would also be a means of contraception or a way of ensuring that you remain a virgin until marriage. It’s a good thing that modern designs are meant to satisfy certain fetishes while maintaining as much comfort as possible, just like what is offered by LoVeGasm.

The chastity belt these days takes part in BDSM domination and submission games.

By prohibiting access to sexual orifices, the chastity belt is today a widely used tool for raising the desire of SM partners.

The chastity belt in BDSM practices

Couples who practice sadomasochism sometimes turn to a form of SM relationships known as BDSM, for Bondage, Discipline and Sado-Masochism. The goal of this practice: to use submission and pain, in a framework of free and mutual consent, to fulfill fantasies, stimulate sexual desire and increase pleasure.

With this in mind, the use of a chastity belt is widely acclaimed. This accessory allows a partner to submit the other not only by forcing him to wear the equipment of his choice, but also by becoming the master of sexual intercourse insofar as he holds the key to the belt. These elements favor the context of domination, humiliation and discipline sought by the followers of BDSM. The chastity belt also makes it possible to increase the desire of the partners: by blocking the access to the sexual ways, the lovers have a desire for sex all the more important.

In order to meet the expectations of lovers who use BDSM games to spice up their sexuality and satisfy their fantasies, the chastity belt as it is represented in people’s minds exists in commerce. It is for use by both men and women.

It is a well-known story that many knights who went to battle had their beloved put on a chastity belt. There were locks on these belts and the knights kept the keys. The use of the chastity belt is usually traced back to the middle Ages, but were the belts actually used during this period?

According to the myth, chastity belt was used a lot during the Crusades. During these Crusades, men were sometimes away from home to fight against the Muslims in the East. The chastity belts were worn to make sure that women would behave sexually and their men would remain faithful. At that time, sexual morality was imposed by the church, which strictly prohibited masturbation and infidelity. By the way, this was a mutual covenant; the men also had to remain faithful to their wives.

Archaeological evidence

Because of this sexual morality, the use of chastity belts would not have been crazy. But archaeologists have never found evidence for this. There have been discoveries that were claimed to be medieval chastity belts, but nowadays this is not considered likely. Several museums in Europe had the iron objects that were meant to cover the cross hanging in their display cases. Most historians are now convinced that these chastity belts found are not from the middle Ages at all, but from a much later period. That is why most museums have now removed the chastity belts from their display cases.

Chastity belt in poetry

In medieval literature, however, much was written about the chastity belts. Because the word ‘chastity belt’ was so common in medieval literature, it became clear that the belts were also frequently used during the Crusades. The word was probably used primarily as a metaphor for fidelity and chastity and was therefore more common in the literature. Most historians assume that the poetic texts in which they talked about the chastity belts meant clothing, not the iron equipment that was probably not developed until later.

First concrete description of the chastity belt

The first concrete indication in the literature of the existence of the chastity belt as we know it dates from 1405. Then the Crusades were over for more than a hundred years. The chastity belt descriptor is Konrad Kyeser (1366-14?), A German military engineer who wrote the book Bellifortis in 1405. In it Kyeser extensively described the tools that he thought were used in the wars of his time. Kyeser made not only a description of the chastity belt, but also a drawing, which is at the top of this article. He stated that the women who lived in Florence close to the front in times of war were wearing seat belts. Based on this description, most historians nowadays assume that the chastity belt is an invention that was made in the early Renaissance and then mainly occurred in Italian cities such as Florence and Venice.

The misunderstanding

Why is the image of wearing chastity belts in the Middle Ages rooted in historiography so stubbornly? Especially in the Victorian era, in the 19th century, much literature and poetry from the middle Ages was studied. In the 18th and 19th centuries, real chastity belts were made to prevent masturbation, because it was thought that this was bad for health. It is possible that people used these belts in the middle Ages for the same reasons, but tangible evidence has not been found to date. The use of the term “chastity belt” in the middle Ages has probably been primarily poetic in nature.

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