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Old 11-08-2007, 05:10 PM   #1
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a condom with teeth

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[q]Clamping down on rapists in South Africa
Prerna Mankad
Wed, 04/11/2007 - 3:12pm.

Later this month, South African women will be able to purchase the Rapex device, marketed as the "anti-rape condom." The rapex, shaped like a female condom, is worn internally and equipped with 25 teeth in its lining. The razor-sharp teeth fasten on the attacker's penis if he attempts penetration. Since the device does no lasting damage to the attacker, it is completely legal and will sell for 1 Rand (around 14 cents) when it hits stores. The majority of women surveyed about the device said they would be willing to use it.

The inventor of Rapex, South African Sonette Ehler, a former medical technician, got the idea when a traumatized rape victim lamented to her, "If only I had teeth down there."

Of course, the product is not without controversy or critics. Some argue that the device may encourage rapists to attack their victims further, placing women in even greater danger. Ehler's response is that women are already faced with that danger, and at least this way the man is disabled momentarily, allowing the victim to get away. Others criticize the method as "vengeful," to which Ehler responds: "[It's] a medieval device for a medieval deed." More philosophically, some argue that the idea places the burden of stopping rape on the victims rather than the perpetrators. But the reality, according to Ehler, is that "[n]obody can make you safe except you." Given that South Africa has the highest per capita rate of rape of any country in the world, at a reported 119 per 100,000 people (which translates to around 1.7 million women raped each year), she may have a compelling argument.
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Old 11-08-2007, 05:38 PM   #2
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Old 11-08-2007, 06:14 PM   #3
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Yeouch. Interesting way of trying to deal with this...wonder if it will work as well as people think/hope? And I'm also curious if they'll market this elsewhere in the world, too?

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Sad that it is needed, sure as hell not sad for any rapist that gets it.

But would be sad for any male victim of deliberate and malicious vagina dentata.
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the device does no lasting damage
Damn.

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But would be sad for any male victim of deliberate and malicious vagina dentata.
The male nightmare come true...
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Sad that it is needed, sure as hell not sad for any rapist that gets it.
Agreed. It's a shame that it's gone this far, but if these jerks insist on attacking women, it's only fair that the women attack back.

There is a way around it, though, and if the rapist finds out a woman is wearing one, he might get really vicious with her.
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It hurt just reading that.
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Sad that it is needed, sure as hell not sad for any rapist that gets it.
I agree.
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South Africa has the highest per capita rate of rape of any country in the world, at a reported 119 per 100,000 people (which translates to around 1.7 million women raped each year)
What a sad statistic! Is there no law and order there whatsoever???
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I remember reading about this a while ago.

It is sad that something like this is needed, but if it deters a potential rapist (which, sadly, I hate to say it probably won't) then so be it. Give the women as much ammunition as they need to protect themselves.
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There is a way around it, though, and if the rapist finds out a woman is wearing one, he might get really vicious with her.
I imagine it's kind of a last ditch thing -- you do everything you can to avoid becoming a victim in the first place, and you do your best to fight like hell if attacked, but if all else fails and you do get raped at least this way the bastard gets hurt too.
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Give the women as much ammunition as they need to protect themselves.
Absolutely.
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when do women put this in, though? like, if she works late nights and has to take public transportation or walk home alone or when? i can't imagine it would be part of one's morning routine?
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i can't imagine it would be part of one's morning routine?
In Africa, sadly I don't think time of day matters. The stats are sickening. But the problem is, how does this stop anyone from beating or shooting the girl for retaliation?
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