Male anti-masturbation device, British, 1871-1930.

Image number: 10287396

Male anti-masturbation device, British, 1871-1930.

This metal device is one of a number of similar devices which were invented in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries to prevent masturbation. A leather strap which would have kept it in place is now missing. Until the early 1900s, many people regarded masturbation as harmful to a person's health, and it was blamed for a variety of ailments, including insanity.

Image number:
10287396
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:39
Image rights:
Science Museum