Jagged anti-boner ring


This little feller is a "German Spermatorrhoea Ring," ca 1894. Spermatorrhoea ("involuntary loss of semen") was best fought with this toothy beast, which also doubled as a cure for Onanism ("voluntary discharges from masturbation").

An extremely rare Spermatorrhoea ring fastened with a screw. With provenance from the original German catalogue dating from 1894. Spermatorrhoea means involuntary loss of semen, although the rings were also intended to prevent voluntary discharges from masturbation or Onanism (Originating from Onan who originally "spilt his seed on the ground" Genesis 38:7-9). The ring was placed at the base of the penis and fasted with a screw such that any engorgement of the organ would meet with the teeth of the ring and arrest the process.

German Spermatorrhoea Ring (screw catch) (via JWZ)

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  1. This reminds me of a joke from Kids in the Hall:  Space aliens are complaining about the futility of abducting humans for research.  One says, “Look, we’ve been taking them and giving them anal probes for decades now, and all we’ve found out is that about ten percent of them like it.”  

    I bet that’s true of this device, too. 

  2. There’s an entire exhibit of things like this at the Sex Machine Museum in Prague. It’s really interesting, in that “Holy shit who thought this was okay” kind of way.

  3. Onan used the rhythm method because he didn’t want to make any kids with his dead brother’s wife. People using that passage against masturbation piss me off.

    1. Onan used the rhythm method

      No, he used coitus interruptus, hence “spilt his seed on the ground”. But yes, definitely not masturbation.

      I was under the impression that the ‘involuntary loss of semen’ these were intended to prevent was nocturnal emissions- it should be worn during sleep, and on any hint of arousal you’d wake up in agony (and presumably rapidly lose turgidity). Can’t see how it would be much use against masturbation, if it could just be removed…

      1. Correct, Onan used withdrawal. (Incidentally, Dorothy Parker named her pet canary Onan, because he spilled his seed upon the ground).

        As it happens, Onan’s sin was neither masturbation nor withdrawal, but simple disobedience and selfishness. He’d been told by his father to get his dead brother’s wife pregnant, to preserve the family line. Onan was happy enough to make it with his sister-in-law, but because the children of the union wouldn’t be his, he made sure not to get her knocked up. God, who took a personal interest in the case, then smote him for being a sneaky little bastard who wouldn’t do what he was told.

        The idea that ‘loss of semen’ weakens men is still prevalent in some parts of the world today, although I don’t know if anyone still uses sadomasochistic cock-rings as a countermeasure against voluntary or involuntary loss.

      2. Right, that one.

        At least he was a gentleman and spilled his seed on the ground instead of her muff.

    1. A scientific look at the connection between the supression of sexuality and violence might be interesting. Could also possibly explain US foreign politics in the last 60 years.

      1. I don’t know. LBJ couldn’t keep his dick in his pants for 20 minutes and he escalated the war in Vietnam.

      2. I think there are a number of historical studies of that kind of connection. More broadly, the idea of people in power using the law to shape societal norms about sex is the theme of Michel Foucault’s works on sexuality (and also manipulating the definition of madness to suit their needs in Discipline and Punish). I’m sure someone has directly applied this to the Nazis as well. So, it may not be a scientific approach, but I bet it has been approached academically.

        1. I would steer you towards Wilhelm Reich’s “The Mass Psychology of Fascism” which explains Nazisms roots as the brutally misogynistic and repressed  patriarchal rural German culture worked into sexual hysteria by the encroachment of the industrial revolution.  Also, the 1935 Nuremberg Laws were one of the few laws implemented by the Nazis, and it was all about sex. 

        1. “We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now. There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science. When we are omnipotent there will be no need of science. There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always — do not forget this Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”
          -George Orwell 1984

  4. I appreciate its adjustability (note set screw at 11:00).  That’s just good Teutonic engineering, that is.

  5. Tell you what, I’m rather glad I live in a place and time where jagged anti-boner rings aren’t regarded as a good idea.

    Although, I bet a Maker somewhere is responding to this article in exemplary Happy Mutant style…

  6. Rick Santorum has just placed an order for 10 million of them, to be passed out at YMCA’s and Boy Scout camps – With refusal to comply leading directly to a prison sentence. It’s his way of “stimulating the economy”.

    1.  Oh for gosh sakes!  Don’t even mention that mans name in connection with something like this.  He’d take something like that seriously and make his sons and all male staffers  use  it. He would consider  that device totally in the realm of how things are SUPPOSED  to be. 

      1.  For that matter – Santorum would also probably require all prisoners to wear one 24/7 as well. The man IS an agent of self-fulfilling prophecy, after all…

      2.  For that matter – Santorum would also probably require all prisoners to wear one 24/7 as well. The man IS an agent of self-fulfilling prophecy, after all…

  7. Masturbation was believed to be extremely dangerous, leading inevitably to “neurasthenia” and “spinal irritation” and even madness or death. It was considered much more normal to go to prosititutes and risk catching syphilis, which was a super lethal but slow death.

    1. Masturbation was believed to be extremely dangerous, leading inevitably to “neurasthenia” and “spinal irritation” and even madness or death.

      Oops. That would explain a lot.

    2.  Everything leads to death, after all! I’m living proof that this doesn’t lead there very quickly, but I may be mad. And my spine is somewhat irritated…

      1. As Gilbert Gottfreid said ” If masturbation is a crime, i should be on death row!”

      2. As Martin Marty once said: Life is a sexually transmitted disease with a terminal prognosis.

  8.  Damn I hope that parses as ((dead brother)’s wife) and not (dead (brother’s wife))

  9. It appears to be improperly secured with that thumb, er, penis screw.  A 1″ long wood screw would do a much better job of keeping it fastened.  I suppose, in this particular application, it might more properly be called a woodie screw.

  10. Today’s equivalent is called a “Kali’s teeth bracelet” and can be purchased from many outlets.

  11. It’s kind of genius, and I’m wondering how much damage this might actually do to a penis. If it works well it would never break the skin, right? Sometimes an erection is unwelcome. What man wouldn’t have loved to have one of these between the ages of 12 and 16? (to use at his own discretion, of course)

    1. The middle school I went to in Eugene, OR, in 1982 had a strict and often repeated policy reminding boys that erections visible through the clothing carried the punishment of a two-day in-school  suspension and one Saturday school. The vice-principal Karen Emmert came up with this one.  

      There were always five or six boys in detention because of this…and I doubt they had any ‘visible erection though clothes.’ 

      This is the same school where the principal, Cecil Krebs had the doors taken off the toilet stalls in the boy’s restroom and explained over the P.A. that this was because he ‘knew what you boys do in there.’

  12. I can’t help but think these kinds of devices and their kin are actually valued quite a lot by some people, exactly for the pain they inflict. Every one-eyed jack has two sides.

  13. Cory, I’ve seen some of these posts of yours in the past. I also did a BB search CORY SEX and came up with a lengthy result. 

    Feeling a little frustrated? Is the really the place to toss your “significant other” a blue ball message?

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