In point of fact, mankind has always had a love-hate relationship with the penis, and penile hysteria is nothing new. Society's machinations to control the vile tendencies of the male organ of copulation have taken many wild and fantastic forms throughout the centuries. There always seems to be a cottage industry ready to spring up to wage the War on Penis Terror.
In modern times, few efforts were as barbaric as those stemming from the hysteria in the 19th and early 20th centuries over boys' and young men's nocturnal emissions. In the 19th Century, Spermatorrhea was considered a disease brought on by nocturnal emissions and "that dreadfully destructive habit of Self Abuse." The list of terrors -- physical and psychological -- that supposedly resulted from it is mind-boggling, but the "cures" were even more bizarre. This is from a Quebec newspaper, September 15, 1859, touting an invention to "permanently" cure young men of both nocturnal emissions and "the secret habits of youth":
We don't know what the "instrument" looked like, but we can imagine. There were all sorts of inhumane devices floating around in that era to keep young men from ejaculating, and they are cringe-inducing.
Here's a lovely device designed to awaken any young man who experienced the misfortune of an erection in his sleep (which, we know, is routine). It is referred to as "Jugum penis," and it appeared in the UK 1880-1920. According to NewScientist: "Guaranteed to bring tears to the eyes of at least half our readers, this device was intended as a treatment for 'nocturnal incontinence' and to prevent masturbation. It was designed to deter nighttime emissions by causing enough pain to waken the sleeper if an erection threatened. Until relatively recently, masturbation was considered a moral weakness and at least partly responsible for a whole range of debilitating medical conditions."