Throughout history, the ways women have been tortured at the hands of the men who tried to control them will send a shiver down your spine. Women have been tortured to repress their sexuality, silence their tongues, and conform to standards of beauty. Most of all, women have been tortured to break their spirit and to keep them submissive to the men who feared what a liberated woman might mean for their fragile worldviews.
The majority of the methods and devices men created for the purpose of this cruelty were intended to humiliate the female victim. Many of these instruments of torture used on women display an overt sexual-sadism that torture methods used on men simply did not. There are devices below created with the sole purpose of mangling the genitals, and other sexualized body parts, i.e. the breasts, of the woman. Most of these torture methods were abolished centuries ago, however, a few of these barbaric punishments are still practiced today.
The Spanish Donkey Cut Women In Half During The Inquisition
Foot Binding Existed In China for A MillenniumPhoto: Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection / Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
The Breast Ripper Maimed Unmarried Mothers
The Scold's Bridle Forced Women Into Silence
Sawing A Woman In Half Wasn't Out Of The QuestionPhoto: Lucas Cranach the Elder / Wikimedia Commons
The Pear Of Anguish Was Used On Women Accused Of Abortion