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This is called the Scold’s Bridle from medieval Scotland.

The church decreed that it was sinful to allow a woman to talk back to the husband. And so women had these masks locked onto their heads that painfully clamped their mouths shut and humiliated them in public.

Just a little reminder of the way the world was only four centuries ago.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
I would have flipped the bird on him
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@1123335,Katabasis] nope and no wonder women put arsenic in their husbands food
Katabasis · 41-45, M
[@16806,cherokeepatti] When men kill their wives they were hung. But if a woman killed her husband, she was burned alive.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@1123335,Katabasis] well I can see how a woman would be so desperate to escape such a life. No
Wonder people married foreigners and commingled
everyoneknows · 31-35, T
im sure things were more peaceful back then
Katabasis · 41-45, M
[@1202007,everyoneknows] I notice the T on your account. How do you think that society would have treated you?
everyoneknows · 31-35, T
[@1123335,Katabasis] i wouldnt be a t back then i woulr be my ideal gender
Maleficent · F
I'd have something to say about that.
Katabasis · 41-45, M
[@773073,Maleficent] You wouldn’t be able to. And the little bell on your head would announce to all present that your are fair game for humiliation.
Maleficent · F
[@1123335,Katabasis] 😂
Asificair · M
Isn't religion wonderful
Katabasis · 41-45, M
[@854658,SamtheDog] Inspirational.
drymer · 51-55, M
Funny how you blame it on "religion"... It's just people [i]using[/i] religion as an excuse to their own prejudices... It has always been the case.
Katabasis · 41-45, M
[@542387,drymer] I’m not blaming religion. It’s the documented reason for why they were used.

They were used as punishments for various misdemeanours, most notably for uppity wives who scolded their husbands - a serious sin which contravened the bible's clear instruction for wives to remain subservient. These masks were generally fitted with an attachment that projected into the mouth, depressing the tongue This caused further discomfort and could be designed to cause pain and injury. In any case it would make speech impossible. These masks were known as Scold's Bridles. In Scotland such a mask was called a Branks.
Vittoria · 61-69, F
Yes, I'm familiar with it. (I'm a historian.) The British writer Minette Walters even titled one of her novels "The Scold's Bridle".
JoeyFoxx · 51-55, M
A version of this was used in Colonial New England in the mid 18th century, less than 300 years ago...
Katabasis · 41-45, M
[@802348,JoeyFoxx] It certainly was.
Havesomefun · 56-60
That was the norm then

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