An "extremely rare anti-masturbation device"

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  1. Garnett Schuyler says:

    Ouch.

  2. Daniel Cooper says:

    In 1800s Australian prisons (and British I imagine) they used to tie effectively ping-pong bats around your hands.  Which would kind of suck.

  3. petertrepan says:

    Three and half inches top to base.

    The Designer: “What? That’s average, right?”

    • jandrese says:

      I think this device was designed for 7 year old choirboys. 

      There is a dark irony when the priest then sexually abuses the boy. 

  4. Jesus.  I’m glad these things are extremely rare.

  5. Sagodjur says:

    I could see someone buying this as their sole costume piece for Burning Man.

  6. Michael Mars says:

    I saw this on Antiques Choadshow.

  7. lknope says:

    I like the incongruity of air holes in the testicular region to make this uncomfortable device a leeetle bit more comfortable.

  8. nixiebunny says:

    I’m guessing that it’s rare because any boy forced to wear this would immediately remove it and crush it into a tiny ball of evil copper. 

  9. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    Straight out of steampunk porn

  10. vonbobo says:

    “Every sperm is sacred”

  11. mobobo says:

    where there’s a will there’s a…device to frustrate it.

  12. Halloween_Jack says:

    I’m still of the opinion that most objects like this were meant entirely for the same purpose as their modern counterparts–addressing a particular sexual fetish–and that  the whole “Oh, no! They totally used to use these!” modern assertion that they were in more or less common use is part of the fantasy.

  13. thecleaninglady says:

    Remember, the people writing your laws were subjected to shaming and often pain in relationship to their sexuality. Also, regular beatings and humiliation. 

    Explains why they are acting as they are acting.

    Fun fact: research shows that widespread changes in society are preceded by widespread adoption of new parenting practices (Robin Grille’s Parenting for a Peaceful World).

  14. Wow. Seems like a lot of trouble. Couldn’t they just use Graham crackers?

  15. jerwin says:

    The definitive article on this sort of quackery is ^ Bullough, Vern (1987). “Technology for the Prevention of ‘les maladies produites par la masturbation”. Technology and Culture (Johns Hopkins University Press) 28 (4): 828–832. doi:10.2307/3105184. JSTOR 3105184.PMID 11612372

  16. pduggie says:

    In 150 years we’ll have the waterboard from the dad who waterboarded his daughter sold as a antique “extremely rare” disciplinary board from the early 21st century and think it says something about the general culture of the USA.

  17. voiceinthedistance says:

    I’ve heard of brass balls before, but this is ridiculous.

    BTW:  I wonder how this was secured at the top? And where do the electrodes attach?

  18. Palomino says:

    Looks like a strap-on to me. And copper is good birth control

  19. That will conduct like crazy.

  20. The blacksmith that that made this was whispering “Oh dear, oh my” and giggling to himself.

  21. Thad says:

    The good news is …it’s extremely rare!

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