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Male anti-masturbation device, United Kingdom, 1871-1930

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During the late 1800s, masturbation was considered to be not only morally wrong, as it is a form of self-gratification, but also harmful to health. This device was hooked on to a waistband and covered the penis and testicles. The device was worn underneath clothes but the resulting bulge must have looked quite odd!

Object number:

A641285

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Glossary:

Glossary: anti-masturbation device

A device worn to prevent masturbation, which was thought to be bad for one's health. Often referred to as a ‘chastity belt’.