Friday, June 04, 2010
An interesting device has appeared on the market in recent years: a male chastity protector.
I cannot vouch for the comfort or effectiveness of this device, having never seen one in person, however the website seems to be very impressive (available also on amazon.com).
The concept is simple. A man's private area is locked with a padlock into a hard plastic case and the key is given to someone else, making masturbation and intercourse impossible without the consent of that other person.
This could be hugely beneficial to a bachelor who wishes to control himself sexually, however who finds that he lacks sufficient willpower. He could apparently lock himself up and give the key to his rabbi or a friend. This might also give peace of mind to a woman who is concerned about her husband's fidelity or to a parent who is concerned about a teenage boy's behavior.
Of course, intensive Torah study is the best solution for this type of problem. The Talmud says in Kiddushin 30b: "I created the Evil Inclination, and I created Torah as an antidote for it." A Jew's mind should ideally be filled only with spirituality. However sometimes we may need a little help from our friends to stay committed to our values.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 5:04 PM