Rapex: fighting rape with brutal force
Posted by Sex and Love editor on Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 9:59 AM
A new anti-rape contraceptive could soon hit the shelves of American pharmacies.
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truncated condom with rows of razor sharp hooks on the inside. These hooks latch onto a rapist's penis upon penetration and must be removed by a doctor. The contraceptive is similar to a tampon in regards to comfort and visibility, as well as the fact that it is inserted and removed with an applicator.
Rapex has sparked some debate among feminists, who see this device as similar to requiring women to wear chastity belts. For me, the difference is that women are given a choice to wear Rapex, whereas chastity belts were often imposed.
Rape has become endemic in South Africa, so a medical technician named Sonette Ehlers developed a product that immediately gathered national attention there. Ehlers had never forgotten a rape victim telling her forlornly, “If only I had teeth down there.”
Some time afterward, a man came into the hospital where Ehlers works in excruciating pain because his penis was stuck in his pants zipper.
Ehlers merged those images and came up with a product she called Rapex. It resembles a tube, with barbs inside. The woman inserts it like a tampon, with an applicator, and any man who tries to rape the woman impales himself on the barbs and must go to an emergency room to have the Rapex removed.
When critics complained that it was a medieval punishment, Ehlers replied tersely, “A medieval device for a medieval deed.”
- Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof
Originally posted by Unity_99
No its not, its a life threatening thing in an already life threatening event often.
I take men developed it, eh? With no real consideration. Probably to satisfy the more patriarchal groups that value chastity and control of women over life.
I woudn't recommend a single woman ever wear one, and hope to hell proper uncorrupt judges ensure they can't be forced on minors.edit on 28-7-2012 by Unity_99 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by seabag
reply to post by TRGreer
The US already has a fool proof device that can completely prevent rape. It’s been available for years yet many women fail to use it at their own peril. Why bother pissing an attacker off when you can just make him go away before he lays a hand on you?
Here in Canada, even using mace during the attack gives outcomes we've had in the papers for years, the man gets a slap on the wrist and time already served awaiting trial and she goes to jail for 8 years for being in possession of an illegal weapon.
I'm waiting for someone who will stand up and charge them for their unlawful legislations that violate their sovereign rights.
Originally posted by DocHolidaze
reply to post by Unity_99
the thing is, if someone doesn't want to wear it, then that's that, if they do want to, its there choice, no one should be pushing there ideas on anyone(looking at feminists) i guarantee there are rape victims out there that wish they had this, just as there are rape victims that share a feminist pov and would have rather been free of the mans tyranny as opposed to stoping the rape in its tracks, its all about choices