Savage Love

I'm a late-20s straight man in a BDSM relationship with a dominant woman. She enjoys depriving me of orgasms for long periods of time, and she likes to keep me in a male chastity belt. It's a rather high-tech, custom-fitted thing made of stainless steel and lined in silicone. It makes it impossible for me to masturbate or even get an erection. While it has taken some time to adjust to wearing it full-time, I can now go about my daily business quite well with it on. Judging by the internet, there is quite a burgeoning fetish subculture for male chastity belts. My only concern is the long-term medical effects. My penis unsuccessfully tries to get erect dozens of times per day, only to strain against an unyielding steel tube. I worry that months (years?) of this may damage my penis, or make it difficult to get an erection when I finally do have the chance. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find a professional medical opinion on the internet. I'm too embarrassed to ask my own doctor. Can you consult one of your guest medical experts on this matter?

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"The only thing I can think of that might be a problem for CHASTE is the development of Peyronie's disease," says Christian P. Pavlovich, M.D., assistant professor of urology and director of urologic oncology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. "As you know, Peyronie's disease is a curvature of the penis of unknown etiology that is associated with a plaque of scar tissue at the tunica albuginea of the corpora cavernosa of the penis."

Well, of course, Dr. Pavlovich, who doesn't know that? Why, just the other day I shared a private little joke with my boyfriend about his tunica albuginea. "Oh hush," he said, "now bring that corpora cavernosa over here." (Maybe you had to be there.) But just in case you don't have the faintest idea what the doc is talking about, CHASTE, I'll translate: Peyronie's is a buildup of scar tissue in your dick that can cause it to curve to one side, making erections painful and, in some cases, impossible.

Docs aren't sure what causes Peyronie's disease but a leading theory is trauma to a semi-erect penis. "It would not be unreasonable to assume that repeated erections that are kept 'down' by an 'unyielding steel tube' might lead to the sorts of insults to the penis that could predispose one to Peyronie's," says Dr. Pavlovich. "Thus it is possible that CHASTE is putting himself at increased risk for this condition." Peyronie's is not a condition for which any sane man wants to increase his risk. There's no effective treatment for Peyronie's. Radiation therapy can decrease the amount of scar tissue but, alas, it damages other tissues; surgery to cut out the scar tissue can lead to impotence.

Dr. Pavlovich was quick to add that no studies have been done on the short- or long-term effects of locking your cock up in an unyielding steel tube, which explains why you found so little about it on the web. Nevertheless, he felt you and the girlfriend/Mistress should proceed with caution. "At the very least," says Dr. Pavlovich, "CHASTE should let his penis 'breathe' once in a while."


Recently my girlfriend's lesbian aunt, call her Harpo, confessed that she attempted to jerk off her father, my girlfriend's grandfather. The man had a stroke and cannot talk, he can only grunt and move his hands a bit. He is not mobile, needs help dressing himself, etc. Apparently Harpo was bathing her father and the geezer's dick sprang to life, and for whatever reason she started jerking him off. He managed to convince her that he did not want that kind of attention.

My partner is distressed; it is after all her grandpa we're talking about here. Of all the weird sexual behaviors you've come across, have you ever heard of anything as disgusting? Is Harpo simply a kind soul who sought to administer the ultimate pleasure to an old man? Did Harpo respond in an inappropriate way?

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Before we wrestle with your questions, AR, I have to dispute the way in which you characterize a post-stroke handjob administered by a middle-aged lesbian daughter. That's a lot of things--sick and wrong chief among them--but it is not "the ultimate pleasure." Coming back in the next life as one of Andy Roddick's sweat-soaked T-shirts is the ultimate pleasure. Moving on: I don't believe that Harpo responded in an appropriate way. Just as George W. Bush feels we should "err on the side of life"--at least where Terri Schiavo is concerned--I've always felt it's best to err on the side of avoiding incestuous handjobs. If Harpo felt her father was truly desperate for release, AR, then she should have hired a professional to come in and do the job--but only after getting his consent. If the man can grunt and move his hands, he can answer yes/no questions like, "Would you like me to hire an escort to come in and give you a handjob, Dad?"

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