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Old 25 August 2015, 07:32 PM
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Default 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 described 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 wrote. With this device, medieval men going off to medieval wars could be assured that their wives would not have sex with anyone else where they were far, far away, for years at a time.

This, at least, has been the story that's been told for hundreds of years.

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Old 26 August 2015, 03:36 PM
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I heard that chastity belts might not ever have really existed. Is that a lie?
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Old 26 August 2015, 04:22 PM
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First of all, there aren't actually all that many pictures of or accounts of using chastity belts, and even fewer physical specimens.
It says there are few specimens but not that there were none.

Actually the title of the article doesn't apply to me, because not everything I've heard was a lie, since I've known for years that they were more myth than truth.

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Old 26 August 2015, 04:48 PM
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I read the article, so I know that everything I know about chastity belts is a lie. If I read the article a second time, does that mean that that too is a lie, so everything I know about chastity belts is the truth?
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Old 27 August 2015, 06:58 AM
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I heard that chastity belts might not ever have really existed. Is that a lie?
I saw one worn at a party recently, so they sure exist now.

Historically, that's another question...

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I read the article, so I know that everything I know about chastity belts is a lie. If I read the article a second time, does that mean that that too is a lie, so everything I know about chastity belts is the truth?
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Indeed, it seems like the myth of the chastity belt has been debunked. It is funny though that it has taken as truth as long as it has. "Medieval men, you know".
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Since Dr. David Reuben was the source of the modern version of the myth, many people therefore accepted it as truth. They no doubt asked the eternal question, why would a man of science make up something like this? However, where did Reuben get this account that appeared in his 1969 book?

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Misinterpretation of the evidence? Taking medieval fiction for fact? Being a man of science, by itself, does not make him less prone to mistakes.

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Old 26 April 2016, 04:18 PM
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With the medieval tech of the time, I imagine this
would become extremly unsanitary real quick, and
just the metal used would cause skin problems
all on its own and lead to nasties such as gangrene
and tetnus. Lining it with the leather or cloth they had
back then probaly would have done little or nothing
to help.
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