The Scold's Bridle was an iron cage for a woman's face, used to punish "scolds" — women who nagged, gossiped, talked back, or just talked too much. The bridle would be locked on to your head, and a protruding piece of metal covered in spikes would be forced inside your mouth. Every time you moved your tongue, the spikes would lacerate it. Sometimes the bridled woman was chained to a hook by the fireplace in her home until she learned her lesson. Or she might be led through town wearing the mask to increase her humiliation. This was a type of yoke, a wooden restraint used to punish brawling women and scolds.
A shared universe covering many of the stories here. Most of the stories are standalone, but there are references and recurring characters between them. House Party — David recounts a weekend spent abusing a woman in her own home. Safeword — Emily does a huge favor for her beloved boyfriend. A Night with John — Maya spends all night trapped with a sadist in her hotel room.
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