A photo with some wearable armour guards is being shared on social media with a claim that Islamic jihadis wear them before blowing themselves up. It is being claimed in the post that they wear these guards to “protect their penises for the 72 virgins Allah provides for them in his Islamic paradise”. Let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Photo of armour guards worn by Islamic jihadis before blowing themselves up to protect their penises.
Fact: The objects in the posted photo are not armour guards worn by Islamic jihadis before blowing themselves up to protect their penises. They are 19th-century male anti-masturbation devices. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
When the photo is cropped and run through Google Reverse Image Search, the details regarding each object in the photo was found in the search results. The first object can be found on the ‘Shutterstock’ website with the following description – “19th-century anti-masturbation device….”. More details regarding the Victorian anti-masturbation devices can be seen here.
To sum it up, the objects in this photo are 19th-century male anti-masturbation devices.