I was at the bar the other night, and I was incensed after reading this chastity belt article (see below for my feelings on this article, and add yours!)
Anyway, the topic of conversation quickly turned to chastity belts. Who uses chastity belts? What are they made of? How do they work? How do you clean them? I vowed to get to the bottom of this tricky issue.
According to our good friend wikipedia, "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".
Modern chastity belts are most often one of these two types:
-The Cage: a metal or plastic sheath that encloses the male genitals and prevents stimulation and erection. These chastity belts appear to be for men only, and fasten with a padlock. Handily enough, cage chastity belts come in metal-detector safe models, so they can be worn while travelling. Here is a photo of a cage:
-The Florentine: this style is a belt worn around the hips with a shield running between the legs to cover the genitals. The article doesn't specify, but I would assume this model is made for women, because it would be difficult for a man to have his penis pinned flat against his body. The florentine belt must allow for urination and defecation, so there is usually a slot in the front and back, large enough for bodily waste, but not for any type of penetration. These belts are usually made out of metal, leather, or a combination of the two, and secure with a padlock. Some "security" (read: forced) models have a recessed lock so they cannot be removed with bolt cutters. Here is a photo of a florentine chastity belt:
The wikipedia article says that long-term chastity belts should be removed every so often to be cleaned of bodily fluids and skin. I am assuming that if the chastity belt is forced on someone, the person with the ability to remove the belt would be the one to clean it (and probably wouldn't).
Although many people purchase chastity belts for sex play (such as consensual BDSM or erotic sexual denial) there are people all over the world who are forced to wear chastity belts to prevent rape, infidelity, or premarital sex.
You can read more about chastity belts (including history, trivia, and how to buy them) by clicking here.