John Palcewski (forioscribe) wrote,
John Palcewski

Cintura di Castita

Chastity belts and anti-mastubatory devices were said to be constructed during the Renaissance in Florence, Milan, Venice and Rome. The female version came to be known as "The Florentine Girdle," or "The Girdle of Venus," and used during the Crusades to protect the virtue of wives, daughters and mistresses.

But there are no allusions to such devices in the rich erotic satire of Boccaccio, Chaucer, Bardello or Rabelais. The term "Cintura di castita" means virtuousness, chastity. And in the 15th century, the Latin term "Cingulum castitatis" was a theological concept, known for almost 1,000 years, and was used extensively in prayers and commentaries. Its meaning had nothing to do with the sexual; rather it was used figuratively, as a metaphor to represent moral purity and cleanliness.

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