Genital Armor? So kelli4u2dew's idea has already taken shape  

rm_LoyalCumpany 46M
2036 posts
5/19/2006 3:29 am

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Genital Armor? So kelli4u2dew's idea has already taken shape

Yeah, I said shape. A few posts back I blogged about male chastity belts and how surprised I was they existed. kelli4u2dew [blog kelli4u2dew] commented on how there should be something for . Lo and behold! Was wandering the net and found this article in a newspaper here in the states...

Artist reacts to accounts with sharp, high-voltage devices

MEMPHIS – They look like fantastical, high-tech chastity belts – with teeth.

But these unsettling art objects – constructed from stainless steel plates, padlocks, razors, electrodes and hypodermic needles – are meant to convey an empathy for victims of .

Artist Ira Sherman, who specializes in wearable, techno-art, calls his creations "impenetrable devices," and they are on display at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis.

His inspiration for the devices came from interviews he had with five victims of sexual assault who were trying to regain a sense of physical safety. What they wanted, Sherman said, was body armor.

"When you talk with someone who's been , you start getting details that are just horrifying. That horror I transform into my work," Sherman said. "But if I were to make pieces horribly ugly and brutal, there's no redemption. The beauty of the work has a kind of redemptive quality."

Sherman's devices have names such as Bear Trap Corset, Saber Tooth Speculum and Intimate Electric Fence. They are mostly steel and brass, with some electrical wiring and small mechanical parts.

The disturbing nature of the work has prompted criticism that public money is helping finance an exhibit of "genital armor and castration mechanisms." The museum received a $32,500 grant from the state art commission,

Drew Johnson, director of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, said his group opposes all public financing of art exhibits.

"More people are offended by their tax dollars going to support an exhibit that features castration devices, but frankly, I'm as offended when a community theater receives money to put on a production of Annie," said Johnson, who said he had not seen the Memphis exhibit.

Museum administrator Charles Ferryman said the art commission funds go for salaries, not exhibits, and come from the state's sale of specialty license plates, not taxes. "There's no state money in this show," Ferryman said.

For Sherman, complaints about his work, for whatever reasons, aren't necessarily bad.

While the "impenetrable devices" are designed to be worn, Sherman doesn't expect anyone to use them as practical anti- devices.

"All my work is plausible. It's an artistic tool that gets people engaged in the piece. Often, engineers come up to me and offer tips on how I can make them work better," he said with a laugh.

The Injector, with hypodermic needles, can deliver tattoo dye to mark an assailant and a sedative to lay him low. The Intimate Electric Fence, lined with electrodes, is capable of delivering a serious shock, as Sherman discovered when he accidentally shorted it out in the studio.

"I almost broke my finger when my arm snapped back," he said.

Sherman said the assault victims he worked with had one common desire: "They all said, 'I want to be secure. I want to be behind a security fence.' "

His most impressive device is the Cremasteric Reflex Corset. By far the most complex piece in the show, it's equipped with steel spikes driven by pneumatic cylinders that, according to a flier, "perform basic cutlery functions when activated by a strategically located pressure sensitive air valve."

Art with a purpose. Yikes.

I am JoJo the Circus Boy!

earthShiva 59M

5/19/2006 6:28 am

An ounce of prevention....

A device invented in South Africa was featured on NBC a few weeks ago - the Rapex anti- female condom. Chase link to

A great idea where might be an issue, but where will it stop? Might a woman wear one because hubby didn't take out the trash?

Now who needs the body armor? Hmm, think I'll blog that

rm_LoyalCumpany replies on 5/19/2006 8:28 pm:
Sooner or later the might be put out of business, and that's a good thing. But to what extremes are we willing to go to to achieve that?

Course, if I ever got sent to prison, I'd probably want some sort of preventative device...

rm_gerson42 52M
2419 posts
5/19/2006 9:50 am

Hey, naked piano guy here.
Seems just a tad bit extreme to me. Too bad even the idea of such contraptions exists.

rm_LoyalCumpany replies on 5/19/2006 8:29 pm:
Heh, given up on trying to defend the keyboard?

Too bad there's guys out there that make people think of inventing these things.

rm_1hotwahine 62F
21091 posts
5/19/2006 10:55 am

Since I've been on this site, a series of I Love Lucy, the X-rated Story screenplay scenarios have wandered through my brain. This is yet another.

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

rm_LoyalCumpany replies on 5/19/2006 8:31 pm:
Hah, now THAT'S a story I need to come up with.

velvethandsNZ 68M

5/19/2006 2:58 pm

Man - you mind gets to the most serious places! Huge!!

While the punishment should fir the crime - and clearly from looking at the d-vices that showed up on a search - the issue of protecting the maiden has been arond for many years,,,,

Oh say, gentle maiden
may I be your lover
Condemn me no longer
to mourn and to weep

Struck down like a hart
I lay wounded and feinting
pray let down your draw
I will enter your keep

Enter your keep nonny nonny
Enter your keep nonny nonny
let down your drawbridge
I will enter your keep

Oh! No! Gentle errent
I am not a maiden
My husband is Sir Oswold
THat cunnilingual old celt

He's gone off to war
For twelve month or longer
And taken with him the key
To my chastitiy belt

Chastitiy belt nonny nonny
Chastitiy belt nonny nonny
Taken with him the key
To my chastitiy belt

Fear not gentle madam
For I know a larksmith
To his house we will go
On his door we will knock

To pay and availe us
of his specialised knowledge
And see if he's able
to unpick your lock

Unpick your lock nonny nonny
Unpick your lock nonny nonny
see if he's able
to unpick your lock

Alas and alack maam
To help I'm un able
My specialised knowledge
is of no avail

I can't find the secret
of your combinations
'cause the cunning old Baron
Has fitted a Yale

Fitted a Yale nonny nonny
Fitted a Yale nonny nonny
The cunning old Baron
Has fitted a Yale

Sad day and sad suitors
Our lovers are parted
Till up comes a pageboy
Saying - Leave it to me

If you will allow me
To enter your chamber
I'll open your lock
With my duplicate key

Duplicate key nonny nonny
Duplicate key nonny nonny
When you thought you were dreaming
Sweet mistress it was me!

Anon - circa before today

rm_LoyalCumpany replies on 5/19/2006 8:37 pm:
Poetry from midieval days, I suppose.

We're just going the opposite way from chastity belts, to immediate and painful castration.

crazygurl2xx 56F

5/19/2006 4:10 pm

this whole "how not to get laid thing" is working for you, isn't it?


rm_LoyalCumpany replies on 5/19/2006 8:39 pm:
Well, yeah. I mean, why would I want to be successful in getting laid? Especially if I was surprised by some of this art.

waerlookin4fun 50M/46F

5/19/2006 5:42 pm

I have never heard of such things

rm_LoyalCumpany replies on 5/19/2006 8:40 pm:
Great(?) things are out there if ya look for them.

Hippink 35F
4499 posts
5/19/2006 7:29 pm

YIKES is right!

It may seem outragelously vindictive and barbaric.... but I think I'd have to know what it's like to be and vicimized first before I could judge such a contraption.

Unfortunately, such a thing could never be worn in daily life, and those who have been (and would probably be the only ones who'd want to wear such a thing), most likely won't have that happen to them again. If one could know that an impending was probable, they'd avoid it, not wear the contraption instead. Or, it could lead to vindictive vigilante entrapment.

Whatever it's purpose COULD be, it was meant as a work of art. It certainly does stimulate controversy. One small little victory for those who've been . Perhaps it could stir a little fear & conscience in those who . (nothing else seems to stop them).
(I'm an eye-for-an-eye kinda girl).
Hippie XXX

rm_LoyalCumpany replies on 5/19/2006 8:46 pm:
Art has inspired much of what we see today, but OUCH!

Speaking of art, keep looking at your picture there, and... huh? What? No, I wasn't staring. Honest!

marcusgarvey008 45M

5/20/2006 9:04 am

Maybe Im wearing one of those.... that would explain the no sex thing...

rm_LoyalCumpany replies on 5/20/2006 5:16 pm:
Maybe you're actually wearing one of the male chastity belts. Now THAT would explain the no sex thing. And the pic... you gotta get some pics of yourself, man!

rm_kelli4u2dew 41F
5220 posts
5/24/2006 5:58 am

I think they need a little padding ...

rm_LoyalCumpany replies on 5/24/2006 11:56 am:
Too much pdding acts as an insulator.

Or, if inside, would make it look like yer wearing Depends™.

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