Everything You’ve Heard About Chastity Belts Is a Lie

WHAT WAS THE CHASTITY BELT? You can picture it; you’ve seen it in many movies and heard references to it across countless cultural forms. There’s even a Seattle band called Chastity Belt. In his 1969 book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask), David R. Reuben describes it as an “armored bikini” with a “screen in front to allow urination and an inch of iron between the vagina and temptation.”

“The whole business was fastened with a large padlock,” he writes. With this device, medieval men going off to medieval wars could be assured that their medieval wives would not have sex with anyone else while they were far, far away, for years at a time. Yes, it sounds simultaneously ridiculous, barbarous, and extremely unhygienic, but … medieval men, you know? It was a different time.

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2 Responses to Everything You’ve Heard About Chastity Belts Is a Lie

  1. Exile1981 says:

    I did some business with a European company in 2015 that was setting up a Canadian division. The manager was from Belgium and we were talking and he explained chastity belts were back in style in Europe. His wife and teen daughters wore them because rapes by immigrants had become so common that there were no websites and stores selling modernized ones.

    That was why he took the transfer to Canada, his wife and daughters didn’t have to wear them anymore.

  2. Angel says:

    A good locksmith is a happy locksmith.

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