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The ins and outs of male chastity devices

What good’s a cock cage if you can get escape from it? Plus: a reluctant roomie, an enthusiastic spankee

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Q: I'm in a D/s relationship with a partner who owns my cock. We've purchased several male chastity devices, but I can pretty easily get out of them. My partner did some investigating and learned that the only effective devices work with a Prince Albert piercing—a ring through the head of the penis that locks into the device, preventing the sub from pulling his cock out. My partner now wants me to get a PA. I don't want to get my cock pierced and I've said so, but I would very reluctantly do it to please her. My partner made an appointment for a piercing three months from now, on our second anniversary. She told me that we can cancel it if I can find an effective chastity device that doesn't require a piercing. Do you or any of your contacts in the fetish world know of any devices that are inescapable?
—Piercing Appendage Unnecessarily Scares Eager Sub

A: I've never come across a standard male chastity device I couldn't pull out of," said Ruffled Sheets, an IT consultant and chastity belt aficionado who as of this writing owns 37 different kinds of cock cages. "So PAUSES's partner has obviously researched regular chastity devices well.

"However, piercing is [just] one of two ways to ensure the penis cannot escape. The other is a full chastity belt," Sheets continues. They "aren't without their drawbacks—they are generally more expensive, are harder to conceal under clothes, and take longer to get used to, especially at night. But they are secure. I have three custom-fitted chastity belts and, once properly fitted, they're inescapable."

That said, for many male subs and their doms, the symbolism of a male chastity device is what matters most, not its inescapability. And as with other forms of sex play and most aspects of healthy relationships, it's the honor system that really makes it work.

"As in any negotiated relationship, you can cheat," said Sheets. "But why cheat? They're easy to keep on if you're genuinely interested in submitting."

Fun fact: Locking a guy's cock in an inescapable device doesn't prevent him from coming.

Q: My girlfriend of four months has unofficially moved in with me. We began as a long-distance thing; I live in New York City and she lived in the Deep South. What began as her visiting me for the holidays ended up with her staying with me indefinitely. She comes from a very poor family, and going back home means sleeping in her grandma's living room. Things are going well, but we are moving fast. I'm not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, I'm loving it and loving her. On the other hand, I feel like she could be using me. She has found part-time work. She hasn't pitched in for rent—I also have a roommate—but she has pitched in for groceries. Do I ask her for rent money? Do I send her back to her grandma's place? I don't know what to do because I feel like I am housing a refugee. —She's Here Indefinitely Now

A: Instead of ending things now to protect yourself from retroactively feeling shitty about this relationship if it ends at some point in the future, SHIN, you should have a convo with your girlfriend about rent, reality, and roommates. Tell her that it can't go on like this indefinitely, as it's unfair to your roommate. Tell her you appreciate the ways she's kicking in now—helping with groceries—but eventually she'll need to start kicking in on rent too, and then set a realistic date for her to start paying rent. You should also encourage her to think about getting her own place. Not because you want to stop seeing her—you're loving it and loving her—but because a premature commitment like cohabitating can sabotage a relationship. You also don't want her to feel so dependent on you that she can't end things if she needs to. You want her to be with you because she wants to be with you, not because she's trapped.

Q: You ran a letter from a man whose wife wouldn't let him spank her. I'm a woman whose husband won't spank me. I found a man like WISHOTK, and we meet up for spanking sessions. Neither of our spouses know. It's only spanking, no sex. How bad should I feel? —Really Erotic Dalliances But, Um, Married

A: Very bad. In fact, REDBUM, I think you should be spanked for getting spanked behind your husband's back—then spanked again for getting spanked for getting spanked behind your husband's back. And then spanked some more. v

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