offbeat The 10 Most Brutal Anti-Masturbation Devices Throughout History

Robert Wabash
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Many horrible, inhumane products were patented in the early late 19th and early 20th century to help prevent masturbation or "self abuse" as it was called: products range from a mini spiked bear-trap for penises to the invention of Graham crackers.
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The Bowen Device

The Bowen Device is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 10 Most Brutal Anti-Masturbation Devices Throughout History
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This bad boy doesn't seem that harmless, until you realize you have to clip it to your pubes.

The way it works is, when your little guy decides to rise n' shine, the Bowen device’s clips are activated and they proceed to rip out all the surrounding pubic hairs.

The device experienced solid popularity until the invention of the electric razor (and "humanity") in 1928.

The Female Chastity Belt

The Female Chastity Belt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 10 Most Brutal Anti-Masturbation Devices Throughout History
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Of course, the female chastity belt must be included on this list. It is the ultimate in anti-masturbation (and any other sexual act) devices, as it becomes permanent, disgusting underwear that women subjected to them must wear while urinating and defecating, as well as sleeping, eating, riding and everything else.

Allegedly, the chastity belt was an almost-sweet show of allegiance to the men who would go off to fight in the Crusades, to prevent women from succumbing to temptation... or so the story goes. In reality, very few were actually recorded to have existed before the 16th century. Even then, the sustainability of such a device, safely, would be close to 0% given the conditions of the time, as well as actually fitting this to a woman would've been insanely difficult given the metal-working technology of the time.

Here's an example of a chastity belt from the early 20th century being used on a woman for early BDSM purposes. Much like The Cage, this anti-sex/masturbation device has been adopted into a sub-culture that embraces it, ironically, as part of their culture of pleasure/"sin".

The French Electrical Device

The French Electrical Device is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 10 Most Brutal Anti-Masturbation Devices Throughout History
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This French anti-masturbation device called simply "Electric anti-masturbation machine (from 1915 France) , would have the man wear a ring connected to an electrical system.

Welcome to the f*ture, anti-masturbation devices! The machine would electrocute the penis after any semblance of an increase in girth of the penis. Just kidding... here's what it actually did:

While the machine was electric, the rising of the member instead set off an electric mechanism that triggered an alarm bell and let the man, and everyone else within a one-mile-radius know what was going on... the better tip as to if the man needed this machine or not? The fact that he was carrying around a giant machine that was designed specifically for that purpose.

The Cold Water Shower

The Cold Water Shower is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 10 Most Brutal Anti-Masturbation Devices Throughout History
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In 1893, a man named Frank Orth perfected this device: waterproof pants. Kinda sounds like an invention a cartoon character's dad would come up with, doesn't it? Well, someone actually did it.

This same, brilliant, man also invented an anti-masturbation/nocturnal emission device which worked via the George Costanza "shrinkage" theory.

In addition to wearing these pants, a man’s shaft would be slipped into the frontal shaft, nestled between two levers. As he slept, should the organ expand, it would set off the layers and release cold water to fill up the chamber. In his words "The cold water... cools the organ of generation, so that the erection subsides and no discharge occurs."

With the exception of coming up with a neat nickname (the organ of generation), Farnk Orth's device probably didn’t work well because it’s a natural fact that when men are asleep in the REM dreaming stage, the natural bodily function is to be erect (which is also why the previous items, Graham Crackers included, are so grisly). [Insert "wet dream" joke here.]