Condoms with Teeth
Posted by tmnievex on November 7, 2010
A new phenomenon to help prevent rape in South Africa: ingenious, or just plain freaky?
Perhaps the most horrific statistic in modern-day South Africa is that one in two women are likely to get raped. Upon treating a female rape victim 40 years ago, South African medical researcher Sonnet Ehlers got the idea for the “Rape-aXe,” more commonly known as “The Condom with Teeth” from the victim who said she wished she had “teeth down there”.
Jon C. Hopwood informs on the topic in an article that discusses the new technology’s potential in the United States:
The prophylactic is inserted like a tampon by a woman who fears rape. If a man takes a woman by inserting his penis in her vagina which is equipped with the Condom with Teeth, his penis will be hooked by the stiff internal ribs, which Ehlers says are like jagged teeth. It is akin to getting one’s penis caught in a zipper, only worse.
Only a physician can remove the device. Ehlers believes this will bring a rapist to justice in a country where rape goes under-reported.
To get a visual idea of the concept, watch (at your own risk) this purely informative yet rather graphic demonstrative video clip.
Ehlers developed the Rape-aXe with input from engineers, gynecologists and psychologists. The design supposedly is safe for women to wear during an act of sexual intercourse.
Ultimately, it will not mutilate the man, but will mightily discourage him. It will not wind up circumcising the rapist as it does not break the skin, but if the man tries to get it off, it will get stuck even more to his penis.
Thus, catching rapists has been made easier in South Africa. But is it moral?
Victoria Kajja, a fellow for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the east African country of Uganda, claims it’s a form of enslavement. “The fears surrounding the victim, the act of wearing the condom in anticipation of being assaulted all represent enslavement that no woman should be subjected to.” Read more about her counterargument and Ehlers’ background via CNN.
What do you think?