(That’s sarcasm, by the way.)
Thank goodness the women of South Africa were freed from those oppressive white men and now need this invention:
An anti-rape female condom using a different design was invented by Sonnet Ehlers, a South African woman. Ehler was motivated to create it while working as a blood technician with the South African Blood Transfusion Service, during which time she met many rape victims. Ehler mentioned that she was inspired to create RAPEX (later renamed to Rape-aXe) when a patient who had been raped stated, “If only I had teeth down there,” suggesting the myth of the vagina dentata….
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, 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.
South Africa has one of the world’s highest rape rates.
The article quotes a South African rape activist – a blonde white woman – who is opposed to this device. I find the idea of it pretty horrifying, but then, I don’t live in South Africa. Of course, none of the women who oppose this frightening device have any clue as to what’s required in a society to keep the rate of violent crimes down. Certainly none of them were suggesting such things as “put white men in charge again” or “have stern penalties”, though both did as good a job as can be expected in this imperfect world for hundreds of years.
And while I was clicking the links in morbid fascination, I came across this:
Mohammed Shahjahan, 27, from Oxford, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years for rape at Oxford Crown Court.
Feizal Ali, 26, was jailed for three years for sexual assault. Both had denied the charges against them.
Nicholas Jones, 26, who made the film, will serve three-and-a-half years after admitting sexual assault and voyeurism….
Prosecutors said the woman had passed out at a flat in east Oxford after drinking three vodka and Red Bull cocktails and did not remember the assault.
This points to one way that we can combat rape without wearing vagina dentata devices: we can tell women not to get drunk in the company of men named Mohammed.