What Is A Chastity Device?

antique chastity

When it comes to chastity, most people assume that it is a female chastity device with which we are talking about. In part, this stems down from a patriarchal belief with the loyalty that women are supposed to hold when it comes to their relationships, thereby freeing men so that they could sow their seed. In reality though, many more men partake in chastity than women, and it’s an interesting fetish which has become increasingly popular in the world of relationships, sex and sexual gratification.

 

Put simply, a chastity device is a form of control of the wearers sexual behavior, a device which physically inhibits the wearer from any form of stimulation, intercourse or masturbation. Cages come in a variety of different shapes, styles, materials, and even colors, yet they all have a singular purpose; orgasm denial. You might think about why one would want to deny an orgasm, but it is a multi-faceted fantasy that is very difficult to pin down. Being in a chastity device is different for different people, there are a variety of reasons out there as to why one would want to have their orgasms and sexual gratification being denied – but at its core, it relies on a power exchange and, physically and mentally, handing control of one’s own sexual release to that of someone else.

It’s a unique fetish in the sense that the sexual gratification stems from the denial of sexual gratification. How does this even make sense? If you’ve studied other fetishes, or even if you’re familiar with other fetishes, what you’ll find is that sexual gratification does not always have to be about the stimulation of the body, or indeed orgasms. Sexual gratification, or erotic pleasure may be derived from the stimulation of another person, or by being punished, humiliated or something of the like. Usually in these situations the erotic turn-on stems from a mental and psychological perspective, however it can be closely linked with physical factors as well, which include pain and torture.

The point of orgasm control/denial is that it is responsible for an exceptionally long period of foreplay of which the exchange of power is central. The dominant partner, sometimes referred to as the key holder, may simply hold out sexual release until they want it, or they may get the submissive male to partake in a variety of activities and services with which to build favor and potentially secure sexual release. It could also incorporate edging whereby the dominant partner may, at their choosing, bring their submissive partner close to climax before locking them away to serve as some form of punishment. There are a variety of different relationships between a submissive and their keyholder. What is essential, however, is the exchange of power – and like all forms of BDSM relationships this manifests into both a physical and mental pleasure. People who have been restrained speak often about the need to serve, the denial of sexual release means that they are often reduced to a state of serving, or neediness on their partner, and in turn their partner derives pleasure from this constant psychological state of submissiveness.

 

 

Male chastity is often thought to be a confusing world because it’s not something that’s often spoken about or even exposed, unless you’re specifically looking for it. This is partly due to the idea, that there is a huge psychological component to chastity that a lot of people simply do not understand. We live in a world of instant gratification, and with the rise of dating apps and apps which can provide access to instant sexual partners, the idea and understanding of sexual release is skewed. We no longer have to wait for

‘Someone Special’

in order to have sexual gratification, and sometimes, for those willing, its far easier to load up an app and get someone over than it is to masturbate. The idea of sex and sexuality is not something which can be confined to physical release and orgasms, sex and sexuality has become much more than that. This is especially the case in a sex positive environment, which provides individuals the freedom to enjoy all forms of sex so long as it is explicitly consensual. Take someone who has had an accident or has had prostate surgery and no longer has functional use of his penis; he can still be sexually stimulated mentally and derive pleasure from that stimulation even with the absence of an orgasm. We all know that one man in our social group that is driven by his sexual needs, and whose focus is on sexual gratification and pleasure. Imagine the idea that he is placed in a position where he has been denied the ability to touch or pleasure himself, could he not then be in a position where he can refocus that energy into other pursuits.

When a guy is caged up he is fully aware that he is unable to bring himself to sexual climax leaving him free to redirect and refocus his sexual energy onto other aspects of this life which he is still in control of. The period of chastity can vary, with some men being restricted for a few days, weeks, months or even years without a guarantee of sexual release. Despite the common belief that a man in chastity can never have any sexual release, the body is still sometimes able to obtain sexual release either mentally, or as nocturnal emissions. To completely deny the release of semen or bodily fluids for any period of time can be damaging on their health – this in turn can force the body to adjust, and ultimately cope in different ways.

 

man in a cage
caged man

 

 

Why Men Want To Be Caged?

A male may want to be caged because he wants his key holder to take sexual initiative within the relationship. By caging the penis, he no longer has control of sexual initiation as it has been transferred to someone else. Surrendering control, or having someone else in control is one of the more common reasons for enforcing a life of chastity. Although the control physically extends to the control of the penis – there is more to it than this. Control will eventually and inevitably spread beyond this, and this might be the type of lifestyle which he is seeking. Whilst it is an underlying and motivating force, it is not always the primary reason.

Enforced chastity allows him to dedicate his loyalty to his key holder and addresses his concerns of trust from his partner to him. He might have already been feeling temptation, or it might be brought up as a result of guilt from a previous situation, or it could be a motivation for him to seek punishment from something real or something he has imagined. Some people seek to have forms of punishment given to them for various ‘indiscretions’ regardless of their validity – this is especially common in religious circles in the form of self- flagellation. If it stems from a place of guilt, then the couple need to have a serious talk regarding the origins of this guilt before engaging in chastity play as it has the potential to become more legitimately cruel than what it should be.

In each of these situations there is a psychological need in being caged, and the fulfillment of that need is part of the sexual fantasy. Fulfillment in this fantasy is not just about physical denial of sexual gratification. It becomes a mindful state which can alter the behaviour of the caged individual both in regards to his relationship or overall life. We have just briefly discussed how this might be able to affect his life in terms of allowing him to refocus his energy on other aspects of life. But there are also many benefits to the relationship as well, by removing the control of sexual gratification he in turn can refocus his sexual desires and pleasures on his ability to serve his key-holder. This might manifest itself into a more intimate and positive relationship.

When it comes to sex and sexual pleasure, societal expectations often dictate that sex is purely about penetrative sex. When that component is taken out of the equation it can result in a more emotionally fulfilling relationship which sees a focus on the needs and desires of the key-holder as opposed to the needs and desires of the caged individual. Indeed, there are many stories out there how caging up their partner has resulted in their partner being more ‘devoted’ to them; actively seeking to fulfill their needs, desires and every whim. In some cases, this does have an ulterior motive, that being the promise of sexual release and tension, however this is not always the case. The individual may simply be feeling the need to redirect their sexual desire and energy into providing their partner with more emotional fulfillment. Often, key-holders will report such things as their partner being more understanding, more attentive and even more devoted to them and the family.

As you can see, there are a number of different factors within the fetish of male chastity and cock cages. Hopefully by this stage you’ll also have gathered that it isn’t some variant of severe trust issues, or forced abstinence, though in some cases this remains accurate.

Materials Made To Make Chastity Devices!

There is a myriad of different chastity style devices on the market, and since everyone has differing shapes, sizes and comfort levels it is important to give careful considering to any form of chastity device before purchasing. Here we will go through differing chastity devices, pros and cons, and the differences in materials. If you’re unsure about chastity devices, if you’re considering chastity toys and not sure where to start, hopefully by the conclusion of this article you’ll be better placed and more informed in terms of making a decision.

A male chastity device is a device that restricts the wearers ability to get an erection. There are many variants of this device; some will be cages, others will be bent at acute angles, but their purpose remains the same – preventing erections. The prevention of erections means that stimulation of the penis is not accessible, and therefore a man is unlikely to achieve sexual release.

We do hate to blow the secret here, but there are multiple ways in which a male could obtain sexual release, and even climax, despite being subjected to chastity. He could engage in prostate stimulation, or the body will provide nocturnal emissions (wet dreams) to prevent the build of semen and fluid – however in either situation he may be subjected to pain and torment through his inability to obtain an erection through the device. Not all devices are the same, nor should they be considered the same despite them all having the same fundamental purpose of orgasm denial. We’ll begin by exploring some of the materials and the advantages and disadvantages of these materials.

 

 

 

 

Leather Chastity Cages:-

 

Most people don’t think of leather when it comes to chastity cages, however, leather is the most accessible of cock cages and some of the easiest and most comfortable to use. Leather chastity cages are considered to be entry level cages as they are both lightweight, and durable, and if something goes wrong then they can be removed during an emergency. Leather chastity cages are not always completely made of leather. What they might use, is a leather cock ring, some leather straps to hold it in place, and then a small steel cage either along the shaft, or at the end of the shaft to prevent erections.

Leather cockrings still leave the penis open to access, and stimulation but they will prevent erections. One of the most common types of leather chastity cage are similar to the Stallion Guard. In this the leather cock cage, will restrain the penis by having leather wrap around the base and the balls to hold it in place, but prevent erections through a locking steel cage that is placed over the end of the shaft, and over the head of the penis. The cage, is very simple, very open and will create pressure on a semi-erect cock thereby restricting one’s ability to obtain a full erection.

Male leather chastity may also come in the form of a belt, which can utilize both a cock cage, and an ass plug which can also be locked in. Whilst leather cages can be used for extended periods of time, we would like to remind people that leather is a porous material and can be difficult to clean. If you’re looking at a leather cock cage please see our cleaning and hygiene section to ensure that you’re prolonging the life of this particular type of cock cage to the best of its ability. We do not want to see you with something that’s going to conk out at an inopportune moment and accidentally release your sub! Take further care for regular inspections of leather devices so that they can be replaced before they break out. Leather cock cages will have a little bit of stretch in them and are particularly useful for people that do not like the idea of steel rings around the base of the penis.

 

Silicone Cock Cages:-

 

Silicone was brought out to fill in the disadvantages of leather, whilst still maintaining all the original advantages. Silicone is durable, forgiving and has a slight amount of flex to it. Silicone chastity devices were first brought out in 2009 by Swiss company Bird locked, and since then there have been several variations of the silicone cage. The advantages of the silicone cage is that it is soft and flexible, it will warm quickly to body temperature. Further, owing to the notion that silicone is non-porous it’s not going to absorb any bacteria.

When silicone cages first came out it was hoped that they would be penned as the ultimate in chastity devices and in many cases they are; soft, flexible, conforming and incredibly durable. They come in two variants which sees one type as a solid piece, and the second type with a removable back ring. Silicone is lighter even then their plastic variants, however it should be noted that silicone can be grippy and can cause irritation if the device is too tight, but this can be combated with a light coating of talc powder. In an emergency, silicone rings can be cut with a pair of scissors. Silicone can also be purchased in a variety of unique and fun colors, if you wanted something that was a little more fun and exciting than other designs.

Many chastity devices now come with penis plugs for extra sensations or drain tubes/pee through for long time wear.

 

Steel Cock Cages:-

 

Steel is what you think of when you turn your attention to cock cages. Steel is an extremely durable material and probably one of the most difficult to get out. Indeed, there are even steel devices which have their locks hidden to prevent them from being bolt cutter opened! There are differing types of steel though, and it is important to note that not all steel cages are the same. You will find that some steel cages are made from medical grade surgical steel, whereas others will simply use a chrome coating which will degrade over time.

It is important that you research exactly what you’re buying so that you don’t get caught out! There are a wide variety of steel cock cages – some of them will be an actual cage, where others be an acutely angled elongated tube in order to prevent erections. With such a wide variety of steel ones out there, it is important to make sure that you’re getting one that truly stands out and fits your needs. Steel can be a beautiful material to work with, fully customizable, and the end results can be simply stunning. Still will be cold to the touch, it’s not a forgiving material and you will need to pay careful attention to the size to ensure that you’re not causing any harm.

Cock Cages with penis plugs are becoming more and more popular as a result of the extra sensations that they can give.  Often a keyholder will demand that her man in chastity masturbate when released with the plug still inserted in the urethra that will give an orgasm often described as

silicone and chastity
silicons chastity device

‘Cumming Inside Out’

The materials of cock cages can vary, and each have their own advantages and disadvantages. For example, metal cock cages are the most durable, and the most difficult to get out, but they are considered to be the heaviest so if you’re looking for something that will accommodate an active lifestyle then this is probably not going to be the one for you. If you have an active lifestyle, engage in sports, or even wear tighter pants and want something to be more discreet then perhaps you should consider the silicone cages as these will best fit what you’re after. The selection of a cock cage is an important decision to make, more often than not you’re going to make a few mistakes with them. Have patience and eventually you’ll be able to find the perfect cock cage that best fits you and your lifestyle.

An Introduction Into Male Chastity

Historical Chstity

Let’s go through some of the themes surrounding the idea of sexual chastity devices and we will do this through an exploration of male chastity devices. Chastity has become an increasingly popular sexual practice, whereby the sexual power of one individual is placed into another. Chastity results in one member of the relationship holding the power to sexual release and climax, and there are many psychological aspects which are placed onto this sexual practice which we will explore. From there we will look at some of the types of devices, how to pick a device that best suits your needs, and the care and maintenance of both the device and the wearer.

Extended chastity device use poses its own risks and merits and these need to be carefully explored, and you will find medical articles here that not only explain the science of male chastity, but also the potential dangers as well. One of the most common questions when it comes to chastity devices, is what interests people in partaking in chastity practices? Put simply it concerns an exchange of power. Where some BDSM practices result in physical restraints, or psychological restraining through a dominant and submissive relationship – chastity exists through the combination of these, as well as uniquely seeing the restraining of sexual experiences.

Female Chastity
Chastity Device

Chastity sex toys are thought to have existed for a lot longer than people realize. Like most BDSM practices it was often thought to have originated from Medical and Victorian practices, indeed the idea of chastity was said to have risen to prominence within the 18th Century, though it had been said to have existed for a time before that. Chastity devices are often viewed by the general population as a sexually restrictive device worn by women – this idea stems from social roles of men and women, during an age when women were suffering from oppression. This thought can be witnessed through the Middle Age contextual thought of a lord or knight leaving his woman securely ‘bolted up’ while he went off to have to war, or campaign missions to serve the Aristocracy.

It’s difficult not to think that this might have solved half the problems in Westeros and Game of Thrones, but then we’d be missing some of the more important story lines. Whilst we can’t deny that such gadgets did exist and were probably used, most illustrations and ‘authentic’ period pieces which are to be found in exhibition halls are currently viewed by specialists as fakes – generally made in the nineteenth century to titillate guests. That’s right, current research into chastity devices has thrown concerns and doubts as to when and where the chastity devices actually grew in popularity.

 

The Secret History Of Chastity:-

The history of chastity is often said to be so secret that no-one actually knew that it existed! The chastity belt has long been associated with women in the Middle Ages to prevent sexual intercourse as a form of enforcing loyalty and preventing infidelity when knights and warriors went off to fight on behalf of the Aristocracy. However, researchers have discovered that there is no evidence of chastity device in verified Medieval texts, a fact which has caused much curiosity and puzzlement among historians and researchers. Therefore, the question becomes, if they didn’t exist in medieval times, where has the chastity belt come from?

 

 

Albrecht Classen is a self-proclaimed expert of Chastity devices and has published a book titled ‘The Medieval Chastity Belt: a Myth-making Process'(Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). He has determined in this book that the first mention of the chastity device occurred on a treatise concerning siege machines written by an alleged German Engineer and artist, Konrad Kyese. This document, entitled Bellifortis, is thought to have been written around 1405 and contained detailed images about siege weapons, Alexander the Great, and a variety of mythical and fantastical instruments for torture and war. The thing that concerns Classen however, is that whilst there is an image for a chastity device in this work, there are also a number of crude jokes concerning flatulence, and ‘magical’ devices thought to make people disappear. In other words, not everything in this work is to be taken seriously.

 

Edwardian Chastity
Early Chastity

 

The concept for the chastity belt was added as an afterword in his document, and Classen argues that this had originally been intended as an imaginative joke. The joke however seems to have stuck and continued on as an entertaining and popular subject of humour and satire. Classen goes on to support this by writing in his book that,

 

“No Author Of Sermon Literature, Of Penitentiary Texts, Or Didactic And Legal Writers Has Ever Mentioned The Chastity Belt Probably Because Already The Basic Idea Behind It Defies The Basic Needs Of The Human (Female) Body.”

 

 

In essence, we see Classen arguing that there is a distinct lack of any form of reliable historical reference or evidence that the chastity device was worn as an undergarment, and further, if on the off chance that it was, that there is exceptionally little logic to support their existence. In a world where illness and disease ran rife, the idea that rough, hard and metallic objects could be worn like this without causing illness or infection defies belief. This is an argument that is also supported by historical experts at the Semmelweis Museum, a museum which ran an exhibition of the History of Chastity devices in 2010.

A 16th Century historian and a curator for the Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire England also agrees with Classen. In the British Medical Journal, Lesley Smith wrote an article in 2007 which stated that she has extensively traveled the word and examined a variety of art collections, and historical pieces, and she has yet to have seen a chastity belt that can conclusively be proven to have originated from the Medieval period. Smith also is of the belief that the ‘joke’ stuck, because the concept is understandable given the context of social beliefs concerning sex and sexuality at the time. Medieval Europe was a period in which any form of sexual activity that was not related to conception was a sin and ultimately forbidden. A chastity device fits into this contextual belief which has resulted in historians, researchers and studies concerning the chastity device, to fail to notice the allegorical and satirical humour behind the device, instead resulting in the proclamation that the chastity device was real.

 

 

Sarah Bond, an assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, has suggested something slightly different. Whilst she acknowledges that the metallic devices were probably rarely used, or considered jokes by the Victorians, she does suggest that there are social practices which precede the chastity belts as a way of explaining them. Bond explains that Chastity Belts actually originated in Ancient Rome. Brides in Ancient Rome would wear a corded belt to symbolize one’s chastity, and would later be taken off by her husband. As such, the idea that a belt would signify modesty and chastity, was a social practice that continued throughout the Middle Ages, and ultimately might be the reason for the joke.

The once fabric corded belt could have evolved into a belt ornately designed with metal to symbolize chastity and to separate the idea between the working class (fabric belt) and the upper class (metal belt). This belt was worn around the hips, as opposed to around the female genitals. Most of the historians concerning female chastity devices continually refer back to same point; that the idea of a chastity device had intended to be a joke, and a failure to acknowledge this is seen as being consistent with a practice with in which modern historians and researchers partook in to conjure a more ‘barbaric’ version of Medieval society than what had actually existed in truth.

Regardless of whether you subscribe to the idea that chastity devices are a great joke, or whether you believe that they originated from Ancient Roman customs, or even if you believe that they have existed and that historians have attempted to cover up a great sex joke – one cannot deny that they have ultimately morphed into a popular sexual fetish. Though it really wasn’t until the introduction of the world-wide web until these devices became more popular to zest up a sexual relationship.

Even now they can be used in averting masturbation, as well as denying sexual activity to anyone other than the holder of the key to the chastity device – the key holder being the primary person (usually a dominant) who had the key to the chastity toy and could unlock the partner for sexual activity at any point that they chose. Male chastity devices all have two things in common; the first being that they are designed to prevent an erection. They do this by either having a short cage which barely fits a flaccid penis, or (especially useful for those with large flaccid cocks) an angled piece whereby the angle is so sharp that an erection is impossible. Second, they are designed to be locked up by the key holder or their partner in order to prevent tampering.

Male Chastity Devices are designed for people that don’t trust their partner, like a little more control in their relationship such as mistress and slave/master and slave relationships, long distance relationships or for people entering into the world of BDSM.

These days there are so many different styles and variations of styles it is sometimes difficult to be keeping up to date with the latest of chastity toys specifically for men in a wide variety of styles and that will suit your specific needs. If you need a cage that can be easily cleaned whilst still being worn, we can point you in the right direction, if you need a cage that’s a little bit more torturous than most, our friends at the cockringshop will have it. There are also specific cages that can be used with piercings – and they stock those as well. All your chastity toys will come with a unique lock and key and then all you have to do is ensure the safety of that key by putting it in a safe place (many people with chastity devices like to put the key around a necklace chain or an ankle chain so that it is within plain site of their partner but it still can’t be touched. What a tease!

Chastity devices may not be used to enforce fidelity as it was once thought to have done, though we do acknowledge that some people use them this way for that specific purpose, but they are used as a form of exchanging power. Indeed, in a great social back-flip, chastity devices have switched the focus onto being worn by males as opposed to females! So, take  a journey of chastity devices, and we promise you, unlike the ones that are in museums – these ones aren’t fake!