Lust under Lock and Key

It’s rare enough to see mention of the CB-X000 devices in the alternative press. But an article in a mainstream newspaper?

From the business section of the Saturday, 6/21/2008 Salt Lake Tribune.


Putting lust under lock and key

Male chastity business finds success in – of all places – Price, Utah

Article Last Updated: 06/21/2008 08:32:14 AM MDT

PRICE – The business started in Vegas.

No surprise there, given what it is.

But the fact that it is thriving in a manly man town such as Price, is kind of shocking.

For “it” is – gird your loins – an Internet business that sells male chastity products.

That’s right. Plastic hooter socks. In four sizes. Most are clear plastic, but some are black. One comes in hot pink. All are designed to keep a man chaste. Little locks assure that.

“Some people get a kick out of it. Some people think it’s appalling. I can’t believe they sell so many,” said Carla Tryon, one of six employees of AL Enterprises, which occupies a nondescript building on Carbon Avenue in Price.

But sell they do, said 65-year-old Doris Miller, who owns the business with husband Frank. He came up with the idea after growing weary of seeing some workmates become playboys on business trips.

“I can’t tell you how many are out there,” she said, “but I can tell you thousands and thousands of men are wearing these.”

Not in Price, maybe. But Europe? You bet.

“Our products are sold all over the world,” said Annette Bigelow, AL Enterprises’s administrative assistant, citing business relationships with more than 70 wholesalers from the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic to Australia and Canada.

“In European countries where they’re open to sex, this is kind of a toy,” she added. “But 90 percent of U.S. sales deal with severe masturbation problems or an unfaithful spouse.”

Those aren’t the kind of phrases usually found in a fairy tale story of a man and a woman falling in love at a high school reunion and then returning to their roots. But that’s exactly what happened here.

Doris and Frank graduated together from East Carbon High School and then went their separate ways. But 14 years ago, they went to a reunion, single people once again, and hit it off big time. They married, forming a family with 13 grandchildren, and established a home in Las Vegas, where Frank had been the U.S. equipment manager for a Japanese engineering company that specialized in tunnel and subway work.

A couple of years later, Doris recalled, the Millers were sitting around when Frank told her, ” ‘I’ve got an idea. Don’t say anything until I finish talking.’ Frank is a thinker and kind of quiet, so I said OK.”

That’s when Frank laid out his plan.

“He’d gotten tired of going with his business employees to different locations, and the minute they got there, the ring came off,” she said. “He hates to see divorce happen and the children suffer. He’s a very compassionate man and he looked to do what we [could] to keep couples together.”

Frank started building prototypes of his concept at home, heating plastic in the oven and bending the pieces into shapes that would fit the male anatomy. He tried them on, found where they were uncomfortable, and redesigned them. Several times.

Eventually, his product reached a point where Doris became convinced that “you’ve got something there. We said, ‘Let’s quit our jobs, take February off and make this fly or die.’ ”

Fly they did. AL Enterprises hired a subcontractor that could mass produce molded plastic parts, said Doris, who took pictures of the product and wrote descriptions of how it worked. “We hired a college kid to get our Web site onto the Internet and we started getting hits,” she added. “Almost overnight, we started getting swamped with orders.”

But tiring of Las Vegas, the Millers yearned for the lifestyle offered by Price. “This is home to us and we came home,” said Doris.

Run by Doris’s daughter, Christi, AL Enterprises had no trouble getting a city business license or, later, receiving City Council approval to move into the building on Carbon Avenue.

“They haven’t been very visible in our community,” said Price Mayor Joe Piccolo. “They went through permitting pretty smoothly and, as I recall, there weren’t any negative comments from surrounding neighbors or businesses. . . . But they’ve obviously been successful. They had no problem financing that building purchase. That surprised me in itself, that they were so successful with such a limited product.”

Still, Piccolo doesn’t get it. “We’re talking about something I don’t understand. Most people are embarrassed to ask, ‘What is this?’ I haven’t even seen the product. But I have kind of laughed and said to myself, ‘This is rural Utah?’ ”

Office assistant Bigelow said the business has done everything the city requested. Nothing sexy is displayed. The products are in boxes on typical warehouse shelving. The blinds are closed at night. But sometimes, she added, “people stop by and ask, ‘What do you do here?’ If an older person hears [the answer], they’re right out the door.”

A frank talker who expects to see listeners blush, Bigelow knows the business intimately from handling customer service calls.

“Most European countries are into freedom, they’re into bondage, more personal variations,” she said. But in the United States, “sometimes they’re ordered by women for their husbands and boyfriends. Most of the time it’s to help control someone who has a problem with pornography.”

Often philanderers consent to wear one as a last recourse before divorce. “Usually, the man is forced into this,” Bigelow said. “It’s not until he’s put into one of these that he is asking himself what he’s gotten himself into.”

The first couple of months of wearing the unit “can be rough,” she acknowledged, often recommending adjustments to make them fit more comfortably. She also offers tips on keeping them clean. “We recommend that men sit down to pee. Men don’t like that. I say you’re not getting any sympathy from me or any other woman.”

She will explain how plastic locks are available so wearers won’t have to do a show-and-tell at an airport security check if a metal lock set off alarms. But Bigelow never makes recommendations on size.

“The [mid-range] 3000 is the hottest seller. People order them a thousand at a time,” she said. The 6000 “doesn’t prevent customers who are physically active from continuing. You can ride bikes, wearing tight briefs or Spandex, so you don’t have to jingle around. It just makes you look more well endowed.”

AL Enterprises has nothing for women, however. “You have to have testicles to use our product,” Bigelow said.

mikeg@sltrib.com

Male chastity products
Price-based AL Enterprises sells four lines of plastic male chastity products over the Internet. They are:
* CB 2000: For smaller-sized males, in black and hot pink – $129.95
* CB 3000: For average-sized males, clear and jet black – $169.95
* CB 6000: For larger males, clear – $189.95
* The Curve: Clear – $169.95
* Information: Go to http://www.CB-2000.com


I wish that the reporter could have mentioned how many sales the Millers have actually made in the last 10 years or so that they have been making these devices. And I would also have loved to read about how they went about finding a company to design and make the plastic molding dies, and what they might have run into while trying to explain what these odd-looking polycarbonate shapes are used for.

A nice touch, though, is that Frank began developing the devices in order to promote better relationships. I wonder if they ever anticipated the kind of uses that they now seem to be noted for.

About Tom Allen

The Grey Geezer Dauntless defender of, um, something that needed dauntless defending. Dammit, I can't read this script without my glasses. Hey, you kids, get off my damn lawn!
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15 Responses to Lust under Lock and Key

  1. Aw, that’s sort of sweet. I didn’t know the CB-3000 products were made by a husband and wife team!

  2. Fuse says:

    Another American success story, but it is funny it’s based out of Utah. And for the reasons Frank explained.

  3. Dave says:

    Women are buying these, and locking their boyz up? I’m skeptical…the reading I’ve done on various boards and blogs doesn’t support that.

    Oh, that it were true. What fun!

  4. L says:

    To Dave : Yes, women are buying these and locking their boys up. I bought the CB 6000 for my guy… Different people buy it for different reasons, obviously. Myself, I don’t keep him locked up all the time, I occasionnaly make him wear it. It completely changes his attitude, and it’s kinda fun to see. It’s kinky and it makes for very exciting times 😉 Like you said, what fun!

    Loved to read where the CBs come from, very interesting.

  5. Aarkey says:

    BTW, just because I shamelessly stole and reposted your link to the article doesn’t mean I won’t do it again if I have to.

    Or something like that…

  6. Tom Allen says:

    Aark – everybody wants my milkshake
    😉

  7. Patty says:

    I thought it was odd that she said that men are usually forced into wearing one. My husband found out about chastity play and brought the idea to me.

  8. Tom Allen says:

    Patty & Dave – I noticed that, too, in the article. All I can say is that after almost ten years of reading various online forums and mailing lists, my anecdotal evidence is overwhelmingly showing that it’s the men who buy the devices.

    L – I don’t doubt that you bought one. But it’s my belief that you’re in the minority.

  9. L says:

    Tom Allen: Oh, I bought it, but he already had one, a different model, that a previous girlfriend bought, I guess. He’s the one who told me about male chastity devices. He didn’t exactly ask for it, he acted like he feared it… But it also excites him 😉 I decided it sounded fun! So you could say the idea comes from him.

    From what I’ve read too, a lot of men are the ones that ask for it, or buy it themselves. From my understanding of it, it’s sort of like a sweet torture. The fact of wearing it is in itself exciting, yet you can’t do anything about it…

  10. Tom Allen says:

    L – How fascinating that he’d already had one!
    And you’re correct, it’s an arouasl/fear kind of thing, and can be very frustrating, in a delicious way… until it becomes simply frustrating again.

  11. Dave says:

    I have a different trigger…the idea of my mate asserting ownership of all of the orgasms in our relationship, hers and mine, has a very powerful hold on my psyche.

  12. L says:

    Dave: Yes, my guy has similar fantasies, too, but at the same time, he’s too scared to actually go thru with it. So far, I’ve been nice, the longuest I’ve made him wear it is 5 days.

  13. Dave says:

    Permission?!???

    That sounds like something Tom would be into. Too kinky for me. 😉

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