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Most historians of this period are of the view that a chastity belt was worn to prevent sexual assault and that the woman kept the key.
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A type of thong consisting of a narrow piece of material that covers or holds the genitals, passes between the buttocks, and is attached to a string around the hips.
The invention of new, flexible but supportive materials allowed whalebone and steel bones to be removed.
This codpiece allowed men to urinate without having to remove the braies completely.
By the early 20th century, the mass-produced undergarment industry was booming, and competition forced producers to come up with all sorts of innovative and gimmicky designs to compete.