Please review our user agreement and medical disclaimer before going any further. COM’S SITE OR ONLINE GUIDES BE CONSIDERED AS OFFERING MEDICAL ADVICE!As depicted in Salvador Dali’s “The Great Masturbator”, masturbation is a fascinating and complex topic that affects each of us differently.Condemnation of masturbation is as old as fertility-worship and is probably based on early man’s realization that there is safety in numbers.A bigger tribe is more likely to gain new territory and expand its power base.In biblical times, under Jewish law, a brother was required to procreate with his brother’s widow. It was primarily during the 1700s and 1800s when masturbation was first associated with mental and physical deficiencies.
The Ancient World In the ancient world, depictions of male masturbation are relatively common.
In fact, over 60% of medical and mental illnesses were blamed on masturbation. The fear of masturbation was so great that throughout the world, extreme preventative measures were instituted including the use of mechanical restraints, genital surgery, and physical discipline. By the 19th century the cereal magnate John Harvey Kellogg declared “sex for anything but reproduction” to be “sexual excess.” Kellogg and others began advocating routine circumcision of males as a deterrent to masturbation. Patent Office, awarded 33 patents to inventors of anti-masturbation devices.
The term, spermatorrhea, was even invented to explain nocturnal emissions, as no man was willing to admit to masturbating. Here are some examples antimasturbation devices: 1.
Simple Bondage”“ For some, the simple answer was to tie the masturbators up and prevent them from touching themselves. Leather-Jacket Corset”“ A corset made out of leather and steel to be used by boys, was created by Dr. It included a metal penis tube and “a steel band riveted to the shield permanently and attached to the body with an encircling steel band in such a manner that it cannot be removed and prevented access to the testicles.” The doctor once reported that “it closes with greatest accuracy, fits to perfection, and the boy wears it continuously without having succeeded even once in reaching his genitals or pulling the machine away from his body so as to produce friction on his genitals.” 3.
Spike-lined Ring”“ Created to prevent the nocturnal emissions and any display of nighttime sexuality, spike-lined penis rings were created in the 1950’s by doctors in Boston. Spermatorrhea Bandage”“ These devices kept the penis tightly bound, thus making it impossible to have an erection. Stephenson Spermatic Truss”“ Patented in 1876, this device placed the penis in a pouch, and then stretched and tied down between the legs, which made erection impossible.
During the 1950s and 1960s, with greater discussion of sex and sexuality and lessening conservative social attitudes along with greater medical research on the topic of masturbation,?