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A chemise cagoule was a heavy night shirt worn by Catholic men and women during the Middle Ages in order to permit a husband to impregnate his wife without having to endure any unnecessary physical contact with her.[1] The chemise cagoule had a hole cut in the front to allow the wearer to access his or her partner, but covered all other sexual areas.[2] Pious couples were expected to use chemise cagoules at every lovemaking session, and thus would never see each other naked.[3]

A similar concept was employed in Native American cultures as the "chastity blanket." This also had a single hole, and had to be obtained from the elders of the tribe whenever a man wished to have intercourse with his wife.[4]

References

  1. ^ Browne, Ray Broadus; Glenn J. Browne (1986). Laws of Our Fathers: Popular Culture and the U.S. Constitution. Popular Press. pp. 139. ISBN 0879723386.  
  2. ^ "Chemise Cagoule". Probert Encyclopedia. http://www.probertencyclopaedia.com/cgi-bin/res.pl?keyword=Chemise+Cagoule&offset=0. Retrieved 2008-12-01.  
  3. ^ Grosz, Elizabeth A.; Elspeth Probyn (1995). Sexy Bodies: The Strange Carnalities of Feminism. Routledge. pp. 91. ISBN 0415098025. http://books.google.com/books?id=bFLiWrJo5_MC.  
  4. ^ Taylor, Gordon Rattray (1973). Sex In History. http://www.ourcivilisation.com/smartboard/shop/taylorgr/sxnhst/chap15.htm.  

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