More Male Chastity in the Mainstream

A little article in The Sun appeared in my Google alerts today, and after a few retweents I discovered that it’s actually a bit from a Closer article earlier in September.

50 Shades girlfriend reveals: “I lock up my lover’s willy to keep him under control!’

Laura Hallan never has to worry that her boyfriend might be tempted to stray – he literally can’t.

It’s a very basic and innocuous article that, if it weren’t for the bit about the chastity device, wouldn’t cause anyone to notice.

It’s all part of their dominant/submissive relationship – a dynamic made famous in the novel 50 Shades of Grey, in that case the man, successful business man Christian Grey, was in charge of his girlfriend, college student Anastasia – but in this case, Laura is firmly in charge.

And here’s a nice shot of Laura in a shiny leather top, the mark of a Domme, right? Oh, and she’s seated next to an array of chastity devices.  My guess is that most of these devices sit in a drawer because they’re inconvenient or uncomfortable.

“The longest I’ve ever made him wait is two months. But it’s a turn on for both of us and we both enjoy it – if we didn’t then we wouldn’t do it.”

Well, two months is a decent amount of time, so kudos to them. And also, nice work for Closer Magazine, who didn’t turn this couple into a kinky freak show like we so often see.

What’s interesting is that from the article it would appear that it was Laura who initiated his wearing the device.

Ride all the hills

Last week, instead of acting appreciative of the little bit of eye candy that I managed to post, all I got were complaints that I didn’t have a white t-shirt.

Lesser men would have stormed of in a huff, but instead, I rose… well actually, I rode to the occasion. It was a hot day, so I went sleeveless. Lots of road cycling to make up for this summer, so that’s why this week’s picture looks not unlike the last one.

This is shot near one of the highest road points in my area. It took a half hour to get to the bottom of the hill from my starting point 10 miles away, and almost an hour to get the other 5 miles up to the top. It’s not easy keeping all this sexiness in shape, you know.



I can’t imagine cycling in that outfit; it looks pretty hot. No, I mean really hot.

Liz Hatch

Arm Candy

I don’t know what it is about some of my readers. I mean, I’m a 50-something year old guy, and I still get questions about when I’m going to start showing off what this constant working out has been doing for me.

Anyway, since I was already talking (well, writing) about fitness stuff the other day, here’s some arm candy.Not really fitness porn, but it’ll have to do for now.

I was riding up a series of hills in the northern part of my county and was panting and wheezing proudly pedaling up to the top, when I noticed the veins in my arms. It made me realize that my bike jersey which fit fine a couple of years ago was now pretty snug on the back, shoulders, and arms. As the other members of the Ferns Workout Crew can attest, I spent a lot of time pumping iron over the winter, and it paid off in some enhanced muscle.

Mrs. Edge tells me that my back has developed pretty nicely, but I refuse to get a selfie stick in order to take shots of the back of me.


And speaking of pumping iron, I think I could have made more progress if she were my trainer…

Everything You’ve Heard About Chastity Belts Is a Lie …

… so goes the headline at this Atlas Obscura article on that very subject. The article leads off:

In his 1969 book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask), David R. Reuben described it as an “armored bikini” with a “screen in front to allow urination and an inch of iron between the vagina and temptation.” “The whole business was fastened with a large padlock,” he wrote. With this device, medieval men going off to medieval wars could be assured that their wives would not have sex with anyone else where they were far, far away, for years at a time.

Yes, it sounds simultaneously ridiculous, barbarous and extremely unhygienic, but…medieval men, you know? It was a different time.

This, at least, has been the story that’s been told for hundreds of years. It’s simple, shocking, and, on some level, fun, in that it portrays past people as exceeding backwards and us, by extension, as enlightened and just better. It’s also, mostly likely, very wrong.

So that old joke about Lancelot and Guinevere? It remains a joke, apparently.

When one considers the evidence for medieval chastity belts, as Classen did in his book The Medieval Chastity Belt: A Myth-making Process, it becomes apparent pretty quickly that there’s not much of it. First of all, there aren’t actually all that many pictures of or accounts of using chastity belts, and even fewer physical specimens. And the few book-length works on the topic rely heavily on each other and all cite the same few examples.

So, pretty much like Bigfoot or Alien Technology writers – they all pretty much cite each other.

“You have a bunch of literary representation, but very few historical references to a man trying to put a chastity belt on his wife,” says Classen. And, any literary reference to a chastity belt is likely either allegorical or satirical.

References in European texts to chastity belts go back centuries, well into the first millennium A.D. But until the 1100s, those references are all couched in theology, as metaphors for the idea of fidelity and purity. For example: One Latin source admonishes the “honest virgin” to “hold the helmet of salvation on your front, the word of truth in the mouth…true love of God and your neighbor in the chest, the girdle of chastity in the body….” Possibly virgins who took this advice went around wearing metal helmets and keeping some physical manifestation of the word “truth” in their cheek, like a wad of tobacco, in additional to strapping on metal underwear. Or, possibly, none of this is meant to be taken literally.

It’s interesting that today, chastity belts/devices are most assuredly not a path toward purity, but are used as sex toys, and (at least for men) seem to enhance, rather than restrict, their sexual thoughts.

But wait – how did people back in those days take the depictions of chastity belts?

In other words, even in the 1500s, no one took the idea of locked-up metal underwear very seriously as an effective anti-sex device. When chastity belts were depicted, it was in the Renaissance equivalent of Robin Hood: Men in Tights—and the audiences for those pieces of art probably thought the idea of a metal chastity belt just as giggle-worthy as late 20th century teenagers did.

The authors make an entirely relevant point:

Why has the myth of the chastity belt endured? It’s hard to disprove an idea once it’s firmly lodged in people’s minds. As a result, the same scant information has managed to convince generations that medieval men locked up their wives’ nether regions. Even the practical difficulties of such a device—as one historian wrote, “How could such a mechanism have been designed to permit the normal activities of urination, evacuation, menstruation, and hygiene, yet prevent both anal and vaginal penetration?”—have not dissuaded people from believing in chastity belts.

Certainly a good portion of the conversations on many chastity boards – and especially on our own The Chastity Forums – are involved with creating or modifying a device for long term wear that will allow users to take care of basic hygiene and comfort.

But the article ends with the suggestion that the authors may have been around this or similar blogs:

But for many people, it’s simply a fantasy about sex. Even if chastity belts used to enforce medieval fidelity were not real, modern-day chastity belts, sold as fetish objects, definitely, definitely are.

Not specifically medieval, but at least chastity related…




Mid-year Review

I was thinking that it’s time that I posted some original content for a change. I was going to write something about how Mrs. Edge and I have been doing as a result of her agreeing to give me some maintenance canings, but then I thought that most of you wouldn’t be interested in anything like that. Fortunately, Ms. Ferns mentioned that since I’ve used a number of different fitness tracking sites or apps, that it would be a good idea for me to write a little review. Certainly that’s better than reading about Mrs. Edge discovering that she now gets very aroused when I’m leaning over the bed as she’s smacking my well-muscled rear end, right?

Anyway, a while back, Ms. Ferns decided that she wanted some workout buddies, so she created a fitness section for herself and friends. The problem was that all of us seem to do different types of exercise, and on different schedules, so it was difficult to keep track of everyone. This led to some of us moving to a consistent platform to show off log our workouts. I’m just going to give the pros and cons (my own opinion) on some of them.

My own workout routine is a little different: in the warmer weather I prefer to spend my time road cycling. After having tried a number of different cycling/running apps, I settled on Strava. MapMyRide (part of the MapMy___ group) has more features, but it turned into a battery hog. It also stored the GPX (distance/speed tracking) files in a non-standard format that couldn’t be read with other apps. Strava has fewer features, but has been consistently good on my Galaxy S4 running Android; no weird freezing or crashes. Last year I bought myself a Garmin Edge 500 – a bare-bones GPS tracker, so I no longer use my phone to track my rides, but I do upload my data to Strava because I have a number of friends that follow me there.

In the colder months, though, I prefer to lift. This arrangement puts me in a frustrating position in which I lose a lot of my muscle gains from cycling and have to make them up again. In theory I should try to lift at least once a week over the summer, but really – cycling is my preferred activity.

For tracking my lifts, I actually use a notepad and pen. I have several years of notebooks, so I can look back at any time to see what I’d been doing. This is especially important when I want to see if certain exercise will cause me pain, soreness, etc. This past year, though, I’ve tried to keep my workouts simple – just a full-body workout using several basic exercises (as opposed to “leg day” and “arm day” workouts).

I tried a number of fitness trackers because I liked the idea of seeing up to date progress graphs and other features not immediately available on my paper notebooks. I settled on Jefit because it had a large exercise database, and the free version had some basic tracking. When they came out with a mobile app, it was easy to use and gave me most of the features I wanted.

Jefit is an exercise logger. It’s not going to give you a calorie count or nag you if you didn’t work out this week, but it does have a very large number of exercises that you can choose from. Pick the ones that you want and start entering the numbers: Barbell squats – 145 lbs, 5 sets of 5 reps. You can duplicate the sets and edit them later if you need. It will also show what your max is/was, and how it compares to what you’re doing now.

Where it falls short is in the “social” aspect, but to be fair, this is where most of the apps fall short. Jefit allows you to connect with other friends who can see your workouts, but you can’t easily post a workout to Facebook so all your other friends can ooh and ahh over it. That’s where Fitocracy shines.

A number of Ferns’ workout buddies have moved over to Fitocracy simply because of the social aspect. The exercise database is smaller than Jefit, and the web browser navigation is a bit clunky, and it relies too much on cutesy little scripty touches. And the app? Forget it – it’s actually easier to use your mobile browser than the app.

But Fitocracy does something that the other apps don’t do: it gives you (based on some weird calculated algorithm) points on your workout, and easily lets you share those scores with other friends, including on Twitter and Facebook. Why is the points important? Because you can set up small groups for time based challenges. The points allow people who do different workouts to compete with each other. For example, I do some pretty basic lifting – squats, deadlifts, pullups, presses. My frequent challenger does machines, plus some dancing, and a few other weird things. The Fitocracy algorithms allow her to compare her workout efforts to mine, even though our exercises are quite different. This makes the challenges a little more fun, and makes it so that the biggest, strongest person doesn’t consistently win all the time.

So, which fitness tracker for you? If you’re just looking for the social aspects, or looking to start a groups with people who all have different routines (or exercises), then Fitocracy is probably the best option. But if you like the old-school pen & paper style, then Jefit might be the tracker that let’s you forget about everything else except lifting the iron.


And here’s someone who doesn’t skip leg day. Or back day, or arm day.