Friday, January 07, 2011

Condom as weapon

According to Sonnet Ehlers, 'a medieval deed deserves a medieval consequence'.

Which is why she invented the Rape Axe.

The Rape-aXe is a latex sheath embedded with shafts of sharp, inward-facing barbs that would be worn by a woman in her vagina like a female condom. If an attacker were to attempt vaginal rape, his penis would enter the latex sheath and be snagged by the barbs, causing the attacker excruciating pain during withdrawal and giving the victim time to escape. The condom would remain attached to the attacker's body when he withdrew and could only be removed surgically,[3] which would alert hospital staff and police. Like most condoms, Rape-aXe also usually prevents pregnancy and the transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted Infections. 

(From Wikipedia's Anti-rape device article)


Jo said...

I saw this first one wonderful

Scary ... but ... well... a good idea, I guess.

The only thing is, I don't see what's to stop the rapist from checking for it first once they become popular. Worries me what the retribution might be. But my lemur friend corresponded with the creater, who said most rapes there are so opportunistic, it all happens v fast.

Nikki Magennis said...

Hi Jo.

there's a lot of controversy and a lot of valid criticism levelled at this invention.

I don't know. My family is from South Africa and my cousin was attacked fairly recently. I don't know whether it would even work. Or whether it disempowers women or whether it's misandrist.

Logically, I guess, the thing itself is only anti-rapist, not anti-man - to say otherwise is to imply that all men are rapists.

Still, it's a pretty depressing item, but then so is the existence of myths about raping virgins as a way to cure AIDS.

In a sense, its existence may be enough to make a potential rapist pause? I don't know. It's a complex and interesting thing.