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Tired of chastity-saving devices that focus solely on the female market? So was Mardid inventor Gines Sanchez Gomez, who patented his padlocked chastity tube in 2004. “The medieval apparatus named chastity belt it is well known as way to control sexual activity of women,” Gomez wrote. But the male chastity device has a long and storied history, patent records of which date back over 100 years before Gomez ever entered the scene. Let’s take a look.

* This “self protector” device was patented by Hartford, Conn. resident Daniel P. Cook in 1870 for use on, apparently, Renaissance paintings of buff kids. Here’s how it works: “a band encircling the body just above the hips, the band being locked together by a small padlock, or other suitable device, the key to which is to be carried by the person in charge of the masturbator.”

* The “sexual armor” proposed by Ellen E. Perkins of Beaver Bay, Minn. in 1907, for use on, I’m guessing here, olde-tyme basketball players. “It is a deplorable but well known fact that one of ‘the most common causes of insanity, imbecility and feeble mindedness, especially in youth, is due to masturbation or self abuse,” Perkins writes.This one’s tailored for the penis, but “This is about equally true of both sexes.”

* Having wet dreams? There’s a penis cage for that. “My object is to provide a device adapted to engage parts of the person and awaken the person in case of an erection of the parts so engaged, and thereby prevent involuntary nocturnal emissions,” explains Henry Tunnessen of Hazleton, Penn., who secured his patent in 1909 .

* Sometimes, it takes a full-body approach. This 1932 suit prevents your hands from touching your genitals while sleeping. According to Allan P. Risley of Indianapolis, Ind., the beauty of this invention is in its subtlety: “[The device] may be so constructed as to resemble an ordinary sleeping garment and thereby increase the sale of such articles and obviate any objection to wearing the device on account of the appearance thereof or feeling of discomfort therefrom.”

* Finally, the first chastity apron for men, proposed byRudy J. Schrock in 1977.

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* Gines Sanchez Gomez’protective tube and harness” from 2004. Gomez’ “method to assure masculine chastity,” which has the penis “bandaged with an adhesive tape,” covered “by a metallic tube” and then locked with a padlock, is perhaps less serious than the male chastity devices that predated it: Gomez says his technical field is “entertainment field, essentially of erotic games.”

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