Tuesday, June 22, 2010

South Africa Debuts Anti-Rape Female Condom

...Ehlers, a 62-year-old physician, lab researcher and hematologist -- and a mother of two daughters -- spent the next four decades developing a female condom with jagged latex hooks that latch onto the skin of an attacker. Dubbed "Rape-aXe," the condom is inserted with an applicator like a tampon, and it clenches a man's penis and causes "immense discomfort" without drawing blood. It can only be removed by medical professionals, who are being familiarized with the device in order to contact South African police when they see one.

South Africa has one of the world's highest crime rates outside war zones, with 50 murders and 140 rapes reported each day, though experts believe the real number of rapes could be many times higher. A 2009 survey by South Africa's Medical Research Council found that 28 percent of men admitted to having raped a woman, and 20 percent said they had done so in the past year.
"Women should not need to artificially alter our bodies to prevent rape," Erin Matson, a vice president of the National Organization for Women, told AOL News in an e-mail interview. "Preventing rape requires educating women and men. ... By putting the focus on women's own anatomy, this product seems to use rape -- a serious crime -- to sexualize women even further."

A South African expert on gender-based violence, Lisa Vetten, said the device harks "back to the days where women were forced to wear chastity belts."

Now, right there is where folks of good will and honest intentions should draw the line.

The real world numbers are staggering; nearly a third of negro men in South Africa regularly rape negro women, so what in all hells are the ladies to do?

Why the NOW witch rep doesn't like the thing is fascinating, stupid... as any sort of cover garment is ALSO artificially altering the body... but fascinating, and the "expert" on gender based violence seems to think that protecting oneself is akin to having someone slap your privates under lock and key.

The problem I have is in the devilish device causing the rapist to get really-really angry then beating the living shit, or worse, out of the woman he's just violated. Sure, the guys we're talking about aren't the brightest bulbs in the chandelier (French for overhead lamp), but all these latex-grabbers really are are chinese fingercuffs expanded to fit a Tom, Dick or Harry. Slide it off nice and easy like, toss in an ouchie for good measure, then bop the lady for daring to do such a thing to your thang.

Since firearms of any sort are taboo, I'd vote for bear-strength pepper spray then running like hell. To find a machete.

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