If you’re new to these here parts, every Monday I like to do what I call Medieval Monday. I highlight a specific term from the medieval ages, and expand on the definition of that term and describe its appearance. If there is something you would like to see featured in a Medieval Monday, hop into the comments and say so.
While I’m not going to get political in this post, I will say that this ridiculous, misogynistic statement inspired this week’s Medieval Monday: chastity belts!
Have you ever seen Robin Hood: Men In Tights? Remember that scene at the end where Robin Hood is about to consummate his marriage with Maid Marian? He flips up her dress and, to his surprise, is met with what resembles a large metal undergarment! That is a chastity belt.
Chastity belts were meant to prevent sexual intercourse. They were used to protect the wearer from rape or to prevent them from partaking in infedility. The most common legend surrounding chastity belts is that noblewomen had to wear chastity belts when their lordly husbands went away for extended periods of time for fear of the woman being unable to resist the temptations of the flesh.
Historically speaking, it’s become widely accepted that chastity belts were not a common practice in the medieval or Renaissance age. The first “real” chastity belts didn’t appear until the 1800s. They were created with the intention of preventing boys and girls from masturbating, because back then it was believed masturbation was a sign of mental illness.
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