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Male Anti-Masturbation Devices

Ouch. OUCH.

Posted on February 12, 2013, at 9:43 a.m. ET

1. Early Basic Models

2. Spermatorrhoea Ring


In the late 1800s, masturbation was thougtht to cause everything from insanity to acne. So, it HAD to be deterred.

3. More Spermatorrhoea Rings

4. The Jugnum Penis


Designed to deter wet dreams by causing enough pain to waken the sleeper if an erection threatened. It looks an awful lot like a Spermatorrhoea Ring — probably all kinds of competing erection prevention patents around.

5. The Bowen Device


The Bowen Device used basic hydraulics stop hard-ons.

It was comprised of a small cup that fit over the head of your penis and a series of chains and clips attached to groin hairs. Should the subject somehow succumb to his urges, the hairs would be plucked and ripped out.

6. The Cage


Via the 1885 Handbook of Medicine, "it offered its clients a metal cage that could be used to foil the urge to reach out and touch yourself. Unlike many other macabre designs, it was spike free and actually allowed erections, merely ensuring that nothing came of them."

7. Penis Cooling Device


A literal cold shower, patented by Frank Orth in 1893. It required the donning of waterproof pants, and then the organ was place between two levers, so that should stiffening occur, the levers were spread which caused a flow of cold water to hit the hot spot. Said Orth: "The cold water...cools the organ of generation, so that the erection subsides and no discharge occurs."

Challenge accepted.

8. Stephenson Spermatic Truss


Patented in 1876, this device was basic bondage. The member was placed in a pouch, stretched, and bound between the legs, making an erection impossible.

9. The Bell Ringer

Patented in 1899 by George Dudley, this elaborate deterrent was designed with a trigger and alarm system. When swelling caused the trigger to release, a bell would ring, warning the wearer and anyone within hearing distance that wood was present.

10. Name Unknown

" I got a brand new fancy penis guard, you got a brand new key..."

11. Electrified Cage


Designed by inventor Albert Todd. It is one of two anti-masturbation devices he took to the U.S. Patent office in 1903. This one is a wire-coil penis and testicle cage that would, in Mr. Todd’s words, "limit longitudinal extension...and resist any reasonable effort on the part of the wearer in an attempt to break or cut it."

The cage was apparently not sufficient by itself, so a galvanic belt composed of zinc and copper plates that generated an electric current was built in.


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