More from Dingwall on Chastity belts

Submitted by: Anonymous

Hi Altairboy:

I came across a nine page chastity belt entry in an encyclopedia of sexual terms; this entry was written by Dingwall several years after he wrote The Chastity Belt. In it he summarizes the information from his book, and includes updates such as a report of a man encountering a woman wearing a chastity belt at a Public Works Camp on the coast of New Zealand, and reports of chastity belt use in colonial Pennsylvania by Ulster Scott pioneers. I don't know the name of the encyclopedia and have moved away from the city and library where I found it.

This suppliment was really just a condensed review of The Chastity Belt, so there is probably not much new information to be gleaned. I'll quote just two paragraphs here:

Although little information has been published on the use of girdles of chastity outside Europe material has been obtained which shows that these devices are not unknown elsewhere. It appears that in former times the Pennsylvania pioneer women, and to a lesser extent Indian girls, were forced to wear devices which were true chastity belts. W.L. Stephen, of Reading, Pennsylvania, provided Shoemaker [with whom Dingwall corresponded; author of a paper on old time words used in Pennsylvania] information on the subject, in which he states that these belts were made of heavy leather studded with rivets. A strap passed between the legs and joined at the back other straps which were passed round the body. At the point of juncture was a padlock fitted with a complicated mechanism and sometimes of very stout construction. There were, Dr. Stephens states, two names by which these belts were known. One was the Dutch word, or rather made up word, Eiholder; and the other was Futsa-shdupper. The first term was used in the sense of "restrainer," and may be a corruption of the Dutch "een houlder" (restrainer) or may be a slang expression meaning the "eye-holder," where "eye" is used for vulva as in the English slang expression "eye-opener" for penis.

The literal meaning of the second expression, Futsa-shdupper, was, according to Stephens, "private organ shield" and was purely descriptive. In the mountains of Central Pennsylvania many of the pioneers were Ulster Scots, and the term originally used by the Dutch soon became "eye-holder." Mothers used to fit their daughters with the contraptions when the girls went for picnics or other excursions where young men were present; and it is said that these girdles, or "Day Belts," as they were called, were still in use until recently. The Indians also adopted them for their daughters, and the saying, "I'll clap a belt on her" is still heard when some troublesome girl is too fond of the company of boys and young men.

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