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Scold's bridle: instrument of torture and punishment

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Resembling an iron muzzle, the Scold’s bridle was a device originating in the 16th century that aimed to humiliate and cause great pain to the wearer. Women were often forced to endure it as a punishment for immodest, rude and transgressive behaviour. A metal bit would press down on the wearer's tongue and prevent them from eating and talking. Presented by Visitor Experience Assistant, Elissavet Ntoulia. Watch more videos in our 'Curiosities from the Collection' series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBqmtWHv01k&list=PLScgI9IJlBNUEDcH1GkqSXqNxfo7Zpe3d The Scold's bridle is available to view in our Medicine Man gallery: http://wellcomecollection.org/medicine-man Find us on Facebook: - http://www.facebook.com/wellcomecollection Follow us on Twitter: - http://twitter.com/explorewellcome See us on Instagram: - http://instagram.com/wellcomecollection
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Dredged (1 month ago)
kinky as hell but doesnt work
99ariyaratnamj (1 month ago)
They need to bring this back- this will stop all that endless nagging..
THEoneNonlyFOX (1 month ago)
Such a shame this great piece of technology has been lost to the history books. Would come in very handy these days considering the amount of misandristic incels that are around..
Mary Jo Ellis (1 month ago)
I agree with the person who commented that this torture device is still being used on horses everywhere who've does nothing wrong!
LeviathanSpeaks1469 (1 month ago)
Christian Sharia
Right-Wing BDSM Guy (1 month ago)
I need one of these for my girl.
GengarVenom (1 month ago)
Kinky ;)
iamjustsaying (1 month ago)
+Right-Wing BDSM Guy me it's a lil pathetic lol
Right-Wing BDSM Guy (1 month ago)
+iamjustsaying with?
iamjustsaying (1 month ago)
+Right-Wing BDSM Guy why are you so obsessed?
Right-Wing BDSM Guy (1 month ago)
+iamjustsaying not much. Can't figure out why you seem so preoccupied with me.
trent johnson (1 month ago)
I can think of few chicks on here that would be earning the scolds bridle judging by their comments and what not
iamjustsaying (1 month ago)
You can wear it
Billy Grady (1 month ago)
2018 can we get this reintroduced into law
GengarVenom (1 month ago)
+Billy Grady Yeah she is. I've been seeing her other replies on comments. It's pretty cringy. You're probably far better off ignoring this one. She gets whooshed pretty bad.
iamjustsaying (1 month ago)
+Billy Grady let me guess you are a bloated white man
Billy Grady (1 month ago)
+iamjustsaying let me guess, you're probably some mouthy feminist who doesn't know when to shut up so I'm sure this applies to you
iamjustsaying (1 month ago)
For men and trump certainly
Jason Coleman (1 month ago)
Good way to keep the ms mouth shut
I think the comments are just jokes calm down
Noor Fatimah Kashif (2 months ago)
Why are all these women??
Larry Smith (2 months ago)
This would look good on Pelosi and mad max.
Eric Smith (2 months ago)
We need one of these for Rachel Maddow and waters and pelosi 😂🤣🖕and all those ugly dykes with the pussy hats
African Barbie (2 months ago)
I need them for my teachers so they can shut up
iamjustsaying (3 months ago)
I just hop on here every few months to troll the incel trolls that eat this stuff up
Sei brav (4 months ago)
Make Scold's Bridles Great Again.
Crazystuffyousee (4 months ago)
For all the commenting women who think these historical kind of things were horrible..... Why arent you speaking out against Sharia Law and all the horrendous stuff Islamic women go through daily???
iamjustsaying (3 months ago)
They are dumb ass
carol gardiner (4 months ago)
Surprised to see this, thought no-one knew about it. It was used in many ways, mainly to condition women from free speech & to not talk about husband abuse.... There was also a similar metal device which would connect around a woman's waist, covering her bottom + vagina of which only her husband had the key to unlock it = If he was away from home working, nobody could touch his woman & she couldn't run away....
ushoys (4 months ago)
There are at least as many male scolds as female, so no problem using this on us too. In fact people in general should be compelled to just shut the fuck up, having nothing worthwhile to say.
HF Martin (4 months ago)
Lies lies and more lies.... this was used by black slaved owners....the women. Not white women... this is lies
Sammy The Moose (4 months ago)
Gentleman Jerry (4 months ago)
iamjustsaying (3 months ago)
Silver Rally Robb (4 months ago)
So this is where the expression " quit your yapping!!! " Ends up if you don't stop.
ao el (4 months ago)
Ah the good old days
Brandy McNamee (4 months ago)
"My husband once complained that I nagged too much... I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
GengarVenom (1 month ago)
Kinky ;)
iamjustsaying (3 months ago)
+LUCKYBLEEPERS looks like someone takes shit too seriously
LUCKYBLEEPERS (4 months ago)
Looks like someone has some rage issues lol
Dabbie (4 months ago)
Joke's on them. That would never fit on my head. xD
bqgin (5 months ago)
damn modern feminists. Because of you it's hard to take seriously any talk about men restricting womens rights even when it's true
Allie Nordin (4 months ago)
yeah ......... sure .... "surrender" ... like I haven't told you before-hand that I didn't want to argue with you in the first place
bqgin (4 months ago)
allright, I'll accept your surrender :)
Allie Nordin (4 months ago)
for goodness sake, man. why are you so intent on arguing with me on that? if you have a problem with how most people except the wage-gap as an actual problem, do some actual research and stop trying to argue with me on that, I feel like I've told you to stop trying to arguing with me on that like 3 times already
bqgin (4 months ago)
"I'm not going to argue with you , if your not sure about it then just look it up" in english means "I found this information on an insignificant blog, but it fits my bias so it had to be true"
Allie Nordin (4 months ago)
source on what ... ? I already said I'm not going to argue with you on the gender wage-gap, if your not sure about it then just look it up, plus where I am there IS a gender wage-gap
ismaeel747 (5 months ago)
loads of comments about men liking this idea, 0 comments from men saying they like the idea
Self Made Elitists (5 months ago)
We need to bring these back!
Debbie Stellar (5 months ago)
shyanne schoener (5 months ago)
Well all I got to say is fuck men
LUCKYBLEEPERS (5 months ago)
shyanne schoener ?
Laura Richardson (5 months ago)
She looks like Hermione 😊
JLocke573 (5 months ago)
You're a wizard Hermoine
Robert Lucifer (5 months ago)
thats enough youtube today, goodbye everyone, see you in hell. im done with comment sections.
Jøséph Āntöñ (5 months ago)
Someone is horny
pOweR cOurSeS tHrOuGh mE (5 months ago)
The amount of sexism from both sides makes me wanna say "Fuck it. Time for equality. Put these on everybody."
PandaColada (5 months ago)
You Look Like Hermione Granger
Panda Power (5 months ago)
There are studies showing men speak more in meetings and yet, when asked who spoke more often, the women or men, the men all (or mostly) said the women spoke more. ASSHOLES. http://pubman.mpdl.mpg.de/pubman/item/escidoc:68785:7/component/escidoc:506904/Cutler_1990_Speaker+sex.pdf
LUCKYBLEEPERS (5 months ago)
Panda Power I know this might be a surprise to you, but I’m not a sexist bigot, I believe that the sex trade is inhumane and should be abolished. I respect what other people have to say. I believe that women are oppressed and silenced. What I don’t believe in is that all men are sex slavers and should take responsibility to what other people are doing. That’s like saying that of you were German in the 1940’s your a nazi, and if you lived in the North Korea your a insane inhumane person. Also I do actually believe your sources, I’ve skimmed through them and they are trusted and popular.
Panda Power (5 months ago)
Oh yeah and you coming on here disagreeing with all the women commenting on this video and feeling the need to come here and discredit and distract from what I am saying about the oppression of women and silencing of women that continues to this day to drone on about what is obvious isn't bastardish at all, is it? Yeah, you are a real nice guy. Don't bother telling me you don't believe in these studies, I know you will. I'm posting them for someone else who might come here. https://www.alternet.org/gender/7-studies-prove-mansplaining-exists http://time.com/4837536/do-women-really-talk-more/ https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/12/19/study-finds-men-speak-twice-often-do-women-colloquiums https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/business/women-sexism-work-huffington-kamala-harris.html . https://www.bbc.com/news/business-42253091 . http://pubman.mpdl.mpg.de/pubman/item/escidoc:68785:7/component/escidoc:506904/Cutler_1990_Speaker+sex.pdf . http://time.com/money/4450406/men-interrupt-talk-more/
LUCKYBLEEPERS (5 months ago)
Panda Power also if you send them I will read the sources, unlike some of the shitheads arguing in the comments I actually respect other people’s opinion.
LUCKYBLEEPERS (5 months ago)
Panda Power you heard that one before because its true. Just because some horrible people are active in the sex trade doesn’t mean all men are sexist bastards like them. Also the fact that men say women talk more in meetings (even though they were proved wrong) is not even CLOSE to a torture device that silenced women. (Which is what triggered the fight about sex slaves, sexism, and women’s rights in the first place) Your stating that men think women talk more in meetings and everyone else is fighting about women’s rights. There was no argument about men and women in the workplace, there is a argument about how women are being treated as objects. (And I don’t mean to jump to conclusions and if im wrong I apologize) But I think that you are just trying to find a reason to prove how men are as you said “ASSHOLES”
Panda Power (5 months ago)
and I said 'studies' plural so that the person could look it up themselves because i didn't feel like wasting my time, an anti-feminist won't click the links anyway
Devan Xahnny (5 months ago)
This should still be legal in US
Nick Stefanyshin (5 months ago)
Given all the mouthy, wretched, "enpowered" bitches out there today, I think we need to bring this back. And yes, I am talking to you.
jojje (5 months ago)
why dont we use them now? they seem useful.
ramrodnj (5 months ago)
Wow even then woman were sometimes so bad they needed a horse bridle not all women my wife is awesome but cmon we all know this was probably a perfect punishment
Jose Gonzalez (5 months ago)
Heh, women. Am I right fellow men?
Allie Nordin (5 months ago)
I can't even tell if that's supposed to be an insult, coming from you
Jose Gonzalez (5 months ago)
Allie Nordin Damn, allie. You are truly the shinny example of a women's sense of humor.
Allie Nordin (5 months ago)
no, nobody's with you
Stumpy Dlugi (5 months ago)
They had it good in those times
Harry Cameron (5 months ago)
Ah the good old days 😂
WaffleAssasin (5 months ago)
Oh my God...
Emma ! (5 months ago)
1:27 how her arm bend like that
Rogue Lancer (5 months ago)
Nickersons Theme (5 months ago)
Very curious music for instruments of torture haha Also 2:15 didn't expect to see a photo from N Ireland, where I'm from!
Michael Jandavs (5 months ago)
Yapping and barking? Wow.
Mad Dog (5 months ago)
They need to bring this back, I know some woman who need this done to them
Nggaknormal (5 months ago)
Ooo kinky
Chaosium (5 months ago)
needs to be used nowadays with all these retarded feminists and SJWs
Chaosium (5 months ago)
One, its spelt Racist, and no, as long as someone isn't a piss talker and rumor monger trying to start bullshit for the sake of bullshit, i couldn't care less what color they were.
Allie Nordin (5 months ago)
are you saying your the equivalent of raciest?
UwU (5 months ago)
I honestly fucking hate this world so much.
Nichole Bro (5 months ago)
It’s sad how horses have to wear those
Coffee Beans (5 months ago)
1:29 Make this a meme
Natalie (5 months ago)
Windflower 95 omg yes
Rusty Shackleford (5 months ago)
If those were still around every women would be wearing one right now.
THEoneNonlyFOX (3 months ago)
As soon as you hear that word you know your dealing with a sad , virgin that lives with cats. These losers are all brave hidden behind their keyboards. When you see these cunts in real life they run away like the pathetic little girls they are.
Rusty Shackleford (5 months ago)
Is this even a real word? In any case, I'm a happily married woman, so I'm pretty sure I don't match the "definition".
Allie Nordin (5 months ago)
no offence but you might wanna look up the word incel from the Urban Dictionary, I'm sure you'r a nice person and all but ... you really are talking like one right now ........
Rusty Shackleford (5 months ago)
Women are all nagging, lying, gossiping harpies now. Of course they would all be wearing one.
Allie Nordin (5 months ago)
you know that's a lie
Shrek Keklus (5 months ago)
Lmao stupid women need this.
Allie Nordin (5 months ago)
so do some stupid men
Paige Davis (5 months ago)
“Old lady’s that gossiped a lot” My brain: RACHEL LYNDE No? Just me. Ok
anxious plastic (5 months ago)
how much you wanna bet there's a community of people who'd love to wear this in bed
GengarVenom (1 month ago)
Ever heard of BDSM?
The Freaky Goat (5 months ago)
Seems good
Somebody's No One (5 months ago)
lmao everyone is fighting in the comment section.
Damn, need to get my girl one of these
Ericka Rocha (5 months ago)
There's no audio
Rusty Pocket watch (5 months ago)
Turn up your volume.
Hayden Brookfield (5 months ago)
Scrolled down a bit. Couldn't find one comment from a guy saying this should be used. Found about 40 comments from girls saying they "cant believe how many guys in the comments say this should be used" haha ok.
Benedict H (2 months ago)
Because the most popular comments are the ones you mentioned. YouTube is hardddddddd
babywino boy (4 months ago)
Original Name meh some people deserve that and worse. :-)
Hayden Brookfield (5 months ago)
Allie Nordin Allie Nordin. All done.
Allie Nordin (5 months ago)
Hayden Brookfield ohhh how funny, you know what would have been funnier? if you had actually thought of a real joke instead of just this
Hayden Brookfield (5 months ago)
Allie Nordin Me as well* haha jk
River Equine (5 months ago)
If I had a dollar for every feminist in the comments I could pay off my parents mortgage and buy myself a fucking horse
0inspirationalheart0 (5 months ago)
In reality , both sides of male and female are messed up. One thinks they are better than the other , the men enslaving the women and then the women wanting to be more powerful than the men, when really everybody should stop fighting and there should be a middle ground where they get along with each other. But is there really any? scarcely . Men, forget enslaving women in all ways and Women, forget feminism. You both are equal. Just shut up, stand up and love each other . 😂
Allie Nordin (5 months ago)
I dont think you know what feminism is ...... just look it up
0inspirationalheart0 (5 months ago)
LUCKYBLEEPERS exactly . Thank you.
0inspirationalheart0 (5 months ago)
Cassie Harders feminism is not egalitarianism . In feminism , especially third wave, the female is empowered more than the male. There is no middle ground in feminism , where men don’t have the right to speak up and I’ve seen it firsthand. A good portion of feminists are lesbian and don’t want men or patriarchal ideologies at all, honey. I’m sorry that my comment possibly made you upset, I’m an egalitarian. Not a feminist . I believe men or women should not be empowered over the other. Feminism , maybe first or second wave once was equal to men, now it’s not anymore , and is completely erasing male ideology off the map.
LUCKYBLEEPERS (5 months ago)
I couldn’t agree more. Sex slavery is inhumane, terrible, and has to stop. And at the same time the 3rd wave feminism movement is a bit crazy. We live in a screwed up world were politics are involved in equality and human rights. I’m not saying that there should be no laws about equality. I’m saying that this shouldn’t be a big problem for our country. It’s the 21st century for Christ’s sake, men and women should be treated equally no matter what.
sassa cass (5 months ago)
0inspirationalheart0 feminism is advocacy for equality
BEN DOVER (5 months ago)
at 1:26 look at the woman on the left and look at her arm its twisted the wrong way
jacksonian (5 months ago)
Everyone’s commenting about the guys saying that they like this idea but I don’t see any of those comments. Either way it’s fucked up.
Billie Renhier (5 months ago)
The thumbnail looks like Shane Dawson
Locoroco26 (5 months ago)
Everyone complaining about the incels, but I actually can't find a single incel comment praising this device
Rogue Lancer (5 months ago)
Cuz they’ve sunken to the bottom by now.
Kilikus (5 months ago)
"Most importantly, talk." No.... I'm pretty sure eating and drinking are more important.
GengarVenom (1 month ago)
Well, I don't think that is exactly what she meant. I she was trying to say that the most important use for the device is to stop the wearer from talking. Obviously it's worse that you can't eat or drink, but the purpose it was for is to stop talking.
MemeLord69 (5 months ago)
Ah yes the old times,the time when we would saw a person in half for saying the king is a scrub
GengarVenom (1 month ago)
In modern times the closest thing we have is Ninja banning somebody for being gud at the game.
Allie Nordin (5 months ago)
it was basically the purge with a king
graziboi (5 months ago)
0:05 *SLIPKNOT?*
Meme Lord 3000 (5 months ago)
Carla the Destructor (5 months ago)
This was an interesting history lesson.
Ag 47 (5 months ago)
America can sure use these now
Priscila A. (5 months ago)
Thank you for the knowledge!
Jeff O (5 months ago)
Where can I get one for my girlfriend?
Allie Nordin (5 months ago)
honestly that just made me confused, and I've heard worse
The Real Goonies Cereal (5 months ago)
Allie Nordin that's the point to get to the point and make it akward
Allie Nordin (5 months ago)
you could really work on that opening-line though .....
The Real Goonies Cereal (5 months ago)
Allie Nordin trolling
Allie Nordin (5 months ago)
why do you keep saying this to everybody ... ?
Elite Gamer (5 months ago)
such a lovely presenter. adorable accent as well!
Ariana's World (5 months ago)
If only I had a Time machine and machine gun this would not be part of history anymore
name (3 months ago)
so she'd face waves of people who could possibly hide and do guerilla tactics, even if they ddin't know what it was?? also only rich people had access to those things, so they'd probably have bodyguards too, or something. anyway this is pure speculation. it was practiced in the whole known world, do you really think she'd be able to murder everyone who did it
Corporate Coffee Futures (3 months ago)
+name A machine gun is much faster and superior to those weapons so yeah she would succeed.
name (4 months ago)
lmao a bow? more like a fucking flaming musket!
Harfar (5 months ago)
Yup, instead we would hear of a female time traveler that got shot with a bow
kkknotcool (5 months ago)
I love how triggered people are with jokes about this thing. Nobody thinks this is an appropriate thing to put on anybody. For womankinds sake please stop acting so empty headed.
Lovely Angel (4 months ago)
It's funny how you try to dictate to women how to feel and how to react while never being able to be in their shoes, yet you're probably gonna completely deny existence of such thing as mansplaining. Some things are offensive and YOU should get over it and just accept it. No woman is gonna cry over you having a different view, we don't need your "advice"
Allie Nordin (5 months ago)
I didn't even know that some people call it "women-kind" btw I love your profile picture
Shrek is Hot (5 months ago)
Yeah, you did. Reread your comment, lmao.
kkknotcool (5 months ago)
Shrek is Hot Did I say misogynist don't exist? All I said is nobody here (that I've read) is being misogynistic. It's a stupid joke that half of the men who saw this thought. Stop over reacting.
Shrek is Hot (5 months ago)
It’s sad how sheltered you are to think misogynists still don’t exist. Lol
InaudibleBoom (5 months ago)
We should bring this back
fig twig (5 months ago)
this kinky
tommothedog (5 months ago)
Bring back the Nags cage for abusive, gossiping women
Corporate Coffee Futures (3 months ago)
+Allie Nordin should be more for men. Especially on incense and mgtow ones.
Allie Nordin (5 months ago)
and men
I bet you're fun at parties.
DeadBeatBoi (5 months ago)
There's more comments about incels then there are incels commenting
Michigan fan (5 months ago)
Look mid evil bondage
Ezby (5 months ago)
99% of comments: Women complaining about the men in the comments 1% of comments: Comments on the video.
Atrocious Conundrum (5 months ago)
I wished i had this device as a kid!O.o One word was on my mind during watching; Mom.
cora bishop (5 months ago)
Love this !! Thank you for drawing attention to how far woman have come .Thanks to those who were strong enough to endure!!!!
gillian bergh (5 months ago)
Some of them, if inverted look like 'chastity belts'.
Allrighty, that’s enough YouTube for today!
pocoboba (5 months ago)
I am a woman, and I know women who would benefit others by wearing one of these.
GengarVenom (1 month ago)
Kinky! ;)
pineapplepenumbra (4 months ago)
Theresa May, Thatcher, when she was alive, yes, there are a few.
Allie Nordin (5 months ago)
what? at least it should be gender neutral
noobenstein (5 months ago)
good on you.
+iamjustsaying the white-knightness seeps out
vano (5 months ago)
I love her I can listen to her all day
TomHud (5 months ago)
disgusting.No woman should ever be made to wear this.I wouldnt even put it on an animal.
Jimmy Strudel (5 months ago)
The good ol days
Tom Schaaf (5 months ago)
quit you yapping woman
Angel Gutierrez (5 months ago)
We need this for both sexes and this should be used on people who gossip or spread unnecessary lies.
Kevin Pickford (5 months ago)
That's the golden age of man
iamjustsaying (5 months ago)
Kevin Pickford i was agreeing with you bruh jeez... triggered.
Kevin Pickford (5 months ago)
truther123 triggered😂
iamjustsaying (5 months ago)
Kevin Pickford yes I loved when your dicks fell off at a higher percentage too due to lack of hygiene practices. If you do not know how to use it you should lose it
What's up with these comments? Hundreds of dudes and dudets complaining about incel comments but I don't see any incel comments what so ever...
Feuko (5 months ago)
The God Emperor of Mankind Check the newest comments, not the top ones. You'll find the cringe fast

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