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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?

The condom that will save lives?

Dr. Sonnet Ehlers shows a spiked female condom, whose hooks she says stick on a man during rape

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.

You're doomed

Over 30,000 Rape-Axe condoms were handed out free at South Africa's World Cup.

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?

11 Responses to “Condoms with Teeth”

  1. Sterling said

    Honestly, I must say, good intentions, bad idea. Hypothetically speaking if a man were to rape a woman, he obviously isn’t a nice guy. Being as such, having a device like this, which the rapist probably doesn’t know about, that clamps onto his penis and holds it in place will no doubt surprise, frighten, and infuriate him. Now… The question is… What will the infuriated rapist who has his penis stuck inside of a woman and can’t get it out and is in a great deal of pain do? My guess is that, because he doesn’t know what is going on and he will try to flee but will be unable to, he will most likely kill her and possibly cut his penis out of the woman, given that the man has a knife or can access a sharp instrument, which in all likelihood is always going the case. Of all the things a man will do when pumped full of adrenaline and testosterone and is in a ton of pain, I can almost guarantee you that he won’t be calling the authorities to self-incriminate, and lose all dignity he could ever hope to have. This may cut down on rape, but of the people that are raped and wearing this, I bet the death rates will sky rocket. Again, this has good intentions behind it, but I don’t think it will be such a great thing in application

  2. Smokey said

    I don’t think that the device would keep him stuck inside of the woman, he would be able to pull it out with the condom still stuck onto him, but definitely seperate of the woman. At that point he could kill her but probably won’t as he doesn’t want to go to jail for murder and will just give up. So I think it would be very helpful in an environment that’s dangerous to women.

  3. Stranger said

    I feel like this is a good idea, but it isn’t a long term solution. I hope this instrument is successful. Now, the question is: Is this discomforting for the woman? And also, Do they have to keep replacing it?

  4. 123 said

    This will only endanger the woman even more when the rapist gets pissed off and kills/beats her in rage. Not only will the woman be a victim of rape but she will be beaten to near death or death as well. I can see how the device comes with good intentions and at least people are thinking of ways to help prevent rape.
    As 2Pac said,
    “I wonder why we take from our women
    Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
    I think it’s time to kill for our women
    Time to heal our women, be real to our women
    And if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies
    That will hate the ladies, that make the babies”

  5. Peter said

    what if the women forgot she was wearing this while having consensual sexual intercourse? It would only make sense that a women would be wearing this device at all times, as rape isn’t necessarily expected. So if you throw in all of life’s complexities, and all the things that go on in someones life, a women might forget that she is wearing this device, and that would be very unfortunate for the innocent guy she is with. Also, what would be the legal repercussions if something like this happened. If a women forgot she was wearing this device, had consensual sexual intercourse with a man, his penis gets caught, he screams and runs around, and then the doctors have to remove the device leaving permanent scars or even worse, nothing at all.. At that point, would the guy have the legal right to sue the women? Or could she be criminalized for inflicting such pain on another individual? I feel as though before a device like this should be utilized, there should definitely be boundaries set, or at least something in order to account for all of the possible situations a device like this could conceive. But rape is definitely bad. I’d consider it one of the worst crimes possible, right behind murder, or even sometimes worse, depending on the situation and severity. So there should definitely be something in place to cease rapes, but this might cause more problems if implemented in a country like the U.S, where rape isn’t as prevalent, but consensual sexual intercourse is.

  6. nappingkitten said

    I could see this device being used by angry promiscuous girls that are trying to get revenge for something-ex. a cheating boyfriend.A much more useful anti-rape gadget would be the classic mace. Mace would temporarily blind and immobilize the rapist.This rape-axe gadget could get girls in a lot of trouble, and the rape attempt could end with there life ending.What if the rapist is 6’1 250 lb and has more testosterone than a male bull?I bet he would get very upset if he got several plastic barbs stuck into his peckerwood.Ladies should stick with the mace.

  7. toni said

    mace doesn’t always work. a lot of times the attacker can easily get the female into a position where she can’t reach for something like mace or another weapon. if it was that simple everyone would do it. i think this is a great and effective idea. Dr. Ehlers has even visited prisons to ask convicted rapists if something like this would make them second guess their actions. some of them said it would. i don’t think that harm after the fact would be as severe an issue either because the attacker will be in so much pain that he “won’t be able to pee or walk” as said by Dr. Ehlers. much less get into an upright position and resume the attack on the victim before she at least has a chance to get away.

    i understand the fear of somthing like this being used as a weapon on unsuspecting male victims as well. i do believe that there should be some predetermined consequence for a situation like that and the female should suffer some kind of legal action just as a man would suffer legal action for rape. as for forgetting something like this in your vagina….um…as a female i really don’t think i could just forget that i have latex with “teeth” inside of me. also, in a personal situation such as that it would be become an insecurity issue. i just don’t think that a woman would forget that since she can’t seem to forget all the other parts of her body that she may be insecure about. the first thing a woman is likely to think about when she is about to have sex is her vagina therin thinking about the fact that she currently has a set of teeth in it.

    this would bring the rapists to justice and possibly deter them from ever acting on the rape impulses. as far as this becoming a product sold in the U.S. where rape is not as prevalent as in South Africa, rape still occurs. instead of wearing the device 24/7 like most women in South Africa would probably have to do, the women in the U.S. can wear it when they are going to be in a sketchy area or going somewhere alone at night. about 70% of rapes occur between 6pm and 6am.

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