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Chastity Belts
« on: June 22, 2007, 02:29:48 PM »
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A chastity belt is a locking item of clothing designed to prevent sexual intercourse and possibly masturbation. The purpose may also be to protect the wearer from rape or temptation. Devices have been created for males and females.

The term "chastity belt" is also used metaphorically in modern English to imply over protectiveness. The term carries a derisive connotation and may also imply that the subject is antiquated, or is cumbersome, or provides unnecessary or ineffective protection.

Chastity belts are surrounded by myths and folklore. The most common of these myths is that they were first used by crusading knights on their wives. There is, however, no evidence of the existence of chastity belts until the 15th century—more than one hundred years after the last Crusade. Their actual use, if any, of medieval chastity belts would have been very limited, as the metalworking of the times would have made it difficult to fashion a belt safe for long-term wear.

The first known mention of chastity belts in the West is in Konrad Kyeser von Eichstätt's Bellifortis, a ca. 1400 book describing the military technology of the era. The book includes a drawing that is accompanied by the Latin text: "Est florentinarum hoc bracile dominarum ferreum et durum ab antea sic reseratum." ("These are hard iron breeches of Florentine women which are closed at the front.") The belt in this drawing is described by Dingwall as "both clumsy and heavy", having "little in common with the later models which served the same use".[2] The Bellifortis account is not supported by any evidence or corroborating documents.

In 1889, a leather-and-iron belt was found by A. M. Pachinger—a German collector of antiquities—in Linz, Austria in a grave on a skeleton of a young woman. The woman was purportedly buried sometime in the 16th century. Pachinger, however, could not find any record of the woman's burial in the town archives. The belt itself, along with most of the rest of Pachinger's collection, has been lost.

Two belts have been exhibited at the Musée de Cluny in Paris. The first, a simple velvet-covered hoop and plate of iron, was supposedly worn by Catherine de' Medici. The other—said to have been worn by Anna of Austria—is a hinged pair of plates held about the waist by metal straps, featuring intricately etched figures of Adam and Eve.[2] There are other such belts at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg and the British Museum in London. Most have been removed from display because the authenticity of these belts as Renaissance devices has since been called into question.

From the 1700s through the 1930s, masturbation was widely regarded as harmful in Western medicine. Numerous mentions can be found in medical journals of the time of the use of chastity belt-like devices to prevent masturbation in children and adolescents.[3]

Many designs for many anti-masturbation devices were filed in the US Patent Office until the debunking of masturbation as a mental health problem in the early 1930s. [4]

Non-Western history

Some Vaishnava sadhus (ascetic practitioners of the Hindu faith) have a tradition of wearing arbandh—or metal balls or cups enclosing the penis—for decades at a time as a way of demonstrating their strict celibacy and dedication to austerity.[1][2]

News and trivia

    * In the year 1998, racial riots against the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia prompted the production and sale of "anti-rape corsets" by Simon Sanjava of West Java. These devices were of Florentine design with a waistband and a single crotch strap with no holes for going to the toilet. They were made of imitation leather and steel and were secured with a combination lock. [3]

    * In April, 2002, the Uwe Koetter Jewellers company of Cape Town, South Africa completed and delivered a spectacular diamond and pearl-encrusted chastity belt made of gold to a British customer. The belt reportedly cost R160,000 and was a wedding gift from a husband-to-be for his bride to wear at their wedding. [4] [5]

    * On February 6, 2004, USA Today reported that in at Athens airport in Greece, a woman's steel chastity belt had triggered a security alarm at the metal detector. The woman explained that her husband had forced her to wear the device to prevent an extramarital affair while she was on vacation in Greece. She was allowed to continue her flight to London on the pilot's authority. The incident was said to have happened just before Christmas in 2003. [6] Weekly World News also wrote an article about this event. [7]

    * In November, 2006, photographs of Lucio Gubbio's hand-wrought iron chastity belts were published in newspapers including the Seoul Times, [8] and CRI Online [9]. Although Gubbio's company, MedioEvo, claims that their chastity belts' designs are from the Middle Ages on their website [10], a company spokesperson acknowledged that there is no proof that devices such as these were actually used.

Modern Use

Today, chastity belts are sometimes used in BDSM play and in consensual relationships. They are a means for the wearer to surrender control over their sexual behavior either for sexual play, or as a long-term method of preventing infidelity or masturbation. They range from simple leather or plastic toys commonly sold by adult stores to expensive high-security stainless steel devices made by a handful of specialist firms.

Most modern chastity belt designs are descended from Hal Higginbottom's designs from 1956.[5] Sometimes modern Florentine-style belts are described as "Tollyboy-style" or "Tollyboy-type" belts as references to his company's original design.

Human anatomy varies very widely from person to person and steel belts intended for long-term use are bespoke items. The manufacture of such belts is necessarily a cottage industry. Many firms have come and gone over the years. Notable amongst those who have stopped manufacturing chastity belts since the 1980s are:

    * Access Denied (Paul Tooker of New York; closed after his death)
    * Herbert Rossmann (Austria)
    * In Discretione Fortitudo (Nifrik Scylla of the Netherlands)
    * Reinholds (Germany)
    * Pourquoi Pas (Germany)
    * Atelier Mode (Cologne, Germany)

Although no reliable statistics are available on the use of chastity belts, anecdotal reports from manufacturers suggest that most belts sold in Europe and the US are for men, and that of the female belts ordered, relatively few are used as rape prevention devices.[6]

Belt types
A modern female William Jones belt with an atypical integrated radial lock.
A modern female William Jones belt with an atypical integrated radial lock.

Modern chastity belt designs generally follow the basic "Florentine" pattern (named after the Bellifortis reference), with a band around the waist or hips and a "shield" running between the legs to cover the genitals.

On belts intended for long-term wear, this shield must accommodate the wearer's hygienic needs:

    * For females, the shield is commonly a flat band with a slot through which the labia can protrude and through which urine can pass. Some manufacturers fit a perforated cover (sometimes called the "secondary shield") over this slot to prevent the wearer from being pinched when sitting. The cover may also prevent direct masturbation by blocking the labia from touch.
    * For males, the shield usually covers a tube in which the penis is held facing downward, with perforations at the bottom of the shield to allow urine to escape. The testicles are left exposed on both sides of the tube. Some designs feature a tube curved tightly to discourage erections. Chastity cages are devices in which similar tubes are used on their own, without a supporting belt.
    * Belts with a "thong" arrangement have a single strap running up between the buttocks to the waistband. On some, this is a plastic-coated cable or a thin, curved metal rod. This strap may or may not be loose enough to pull aside, depending on whether the fit of the belt is to protect against anal penetration. On other designs, the rear strap is solid with an aperture over the anus to allow passage of feces.
    * Belts with a "V"-arrangement have a pair of chains attached together the bottom of the shield and apart towards the back of waistband in a "V" to leave the rear open.
    * On both male and female belts, the shield can be designed to work with genital piercings for greater security.

Most modern belts fasten with padlocks. Some high-security designs nest the lock within a shroud to make it more difficult to attack with bolt cutters. A handful of manufacturers, however, do offer higher-priced models with integral locks for a sleeker profile.

Wear and use

Before purchasing a chastity belt, it is advisable to clarify one's goals and to balance them against the potential physical and mental discomfort.

    * For a custom made stainless steel belt to fit comfortably, accurate measurements must be taken. Although most manufacturers will take self-measurements or offer a self-measuring kit, is still advisable to have the belt measured for in person. Steel belts are expensive to modify, and mismeasurements can easily produce a belt that chafes or pinches unbearably; in particular, a badly-fitted male belt can compress the genitals in a potentially harmful manner.
    * Waist belts can make vigorous sporting activity very uncomfortable because they make bending forwards or sideways at the hips difficult. Weight gain or a protruding belly can also make the fitting of a waist belt difficult, or render an existing belt uncomfortable for constant wear. Most manufacturers offer hip belts which may be more suitable; these have a low-set waistband which follow the curve of the hips instead of the waist.
    * The choice of materials used in the belt is also important: some plastics, alloys (especially those containing nickel), and rubber (such as that used in neoprene) may cause allergic contact dermatitis after constant contact with the skin.
    * Devices made entirely of plastic, as well as plastic single-use verifiable closures, are available for wearers who must travel through airports or other places where metal detectors are used.

Most modern chastity belts are carefully designed for long-term, continuous wear. However, even the most unobtrusive of belts can still cause the wearer subtle and unexpected physical difficulties.

    * A "breaking-in" period of intermittent wear is advisable with new or newly-adjusted belts.
    * Bruising, edema, pressure sores and chafing should be checked for regularly. Chastity belt wearers should be vigilant against pressure sores, because when the belt is applied well, it is nearly impossible to move it a little for relief of the pressure.
    * Male wearers of belts with curved tubes may have to condition themselves to avoid spontaneous erections, as doing so repeatedly may bruise or break the skin of the penis.
    * The bulk of the belt can make it visible under a tight garment; swimsuits, stretch jeans and clothing with fitted bodices, for example, may be impractical if the belt is to remain concealed in public.
    * For belts with a "thong" arrangement, access to a bidet can greatly simplify hygiene. When travelling, baby wipes may also be helpful. The belt must also drain well enough to prevent water and bodily fluids from being trapped against the skin. Wet skin that is not allowed to "breathe" can chafe or flare into a rash. A hairdryer may be helpful for drying difficult-to-reach areas of skin after bathing.
    * During long term wear, the belt should be removed regularly to clean off accumulated skin, urine, and other deposits. Care should be taken to clean parts of the belt that are in constant contact with the body.

See also

    * Chastity cage
    * Ball bag
    * Erotic sexual denial
    * Kali's teeth bracelet
    * Purity ring
    * Sexual abstinence

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