Chastity Belts and Devices Explained
Chastity is usually associated with abstinence, but it isn't just about refraining from sex.
A lot of couples experiment with chastity to enhance their sex life and for most people, the first steps into chastity will revolve around sexual experimentation as opposed to a serious lifestyle choice.
This guide is designed to help you chastity-curious people decide if chastity is right for you and help you in choosing a chastity belt or device that will make your chastity-related fantasies come true.
Types of Chastity
Some people use practical chastity to stop compulsive sexual behaviour (if your genitals are locked away, you can't use them), but more commonly people are either chastity players or chastity lifestylers.
Chastity play is how most people start out: it's more of a sexual game than a lifestyle choice. As part of a BDSM bedroom game, they lock their partner in the device and then tease them, so that partner becoming so worked up that they are unable to control their desire when they're finally freed. If this sounds like the sort of chastity you're looking for, then you are a chastity player. Metal cages, waist belts and harnesses are the best products to buy to satisfy your needs.
There are people who want to be chastised as a lifestyle, rather than for sexual games. Chastity lifestylers generally wear their chastity devices on a near-permanent basis, only being released by their partner - known as a keyholder - for pre-determined periods. Lifestylers see their chastity as the ultimate gift, signing over the ownership of their sexuality to the person they love.
Whether you want to try chastity play or are a committed chastity lifestyler, we have a device to suit you.
Traditional Chastity Belt
Traditional chastity belts like the Bondage Boutique Deluxe Leather Female Chastity Belt are the staple of many medieval fantasies - they're often purchased for their aesthetic appeal. These chastity belts are incredibly bulky and restrict movement, so you won't get away with wearing them under your clothes, but they can be great fun for role play sessions.
Padlocked at the waist and/or crotch, there isn't much you can get away with doing in these. However, both the male and female chastity belts allow things to come out while preventing anything above a certain size going in. Traditionally, these holes (left to allow bodily functions) were lined with sharp teeth, but thankfully Lovehoney's modern versions are smooth.
Chastity Harnesses and Straps
Harness chastity devices work in a similar way to chastity belts. They often feature attached cuffs or chains, and male harnesses often have straps and rings cover most the male genitals, preventing any fulfilling stimulation or the ability to penetrate others.
Items like the DOMINIX Deluxe Open Breast Leather Body Harness with Cuffs are popular in the fetish scene with people who want to express their submissive attitude with their outfit. Often incorporating O and D rings, it is possible to attach many of these devices to a leash, giving them mass appeal to the BDSM community and lovers of bondage games.
Harnesses and straps are often comfortable enough to wear for a few hours but are likely to cause chafing if worn for too long.
Plastic and Silicone Chastity Cages
Cages like the CB-6000s Short Male Chastity Cage are designed for long-term wear. Ideally providing an inch-perfect fit, these chastity devices prevent all forms of sexual contact and stop erections if fitted correctly.
The experience of wearing one of these lightweight devices is much more comfortable and easier to endure than the bulkier devices such as traditional belts or metal cages, and when worn under clothes, look no more conspicuous than a man's own genitalia would.
Plastic and silicone cages are designed to be worn for days or weeks on end without discomfort and are perfect for those who wish to fully give away the keys to their sexuality to a lover, friend or dominant.
Metal Chastity Cage
Often anatomically similar to the shape of a penis, the main function of the cage's structure is to prevent a man from effectively handling his genitalia... or anyone else handling it for him, for that matter.
These kinds of cages are often bigger than the penis to allow for some movement. Masochistically tormenting, these chastity devices are often used by professional dominants during sessions with an aim to making the submissive as sexually charged as possible while denying them any sexual gratification.
Although not specifically designed to be worn for long periods of time, a wearer could be comfortable in one of these devices for up to a day with practice.
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