Modern historians dispute the popular misconception that the chastity belt, a device designed to prevent women from having sexual intercourse, was invented in medieval times.

Most existing chastity belts are now thought to be deliberate fakes or anti-masturbatory devices from the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The latter were made due to the widespread belief that masturbation could lead to insanity, which led to a boom in the development of belt-like anti-masturbatory devices for both males and females.

These were mostly bought by parents for their teenage children. Contemporarily, chastity belts are used in the Bondage, Discipline, Sado-Masochism community as part of erotic sexual denial.


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