This post is a subject on a topic which is very delicate – especially to the women who have suffered through this act of violence. This is a topic which must never be hushed nor considered “dirty,” but rather treated as exactly what it is… a real act of violence which occurs daily to thousands of women throughout the world. I know several women who have been through this horrific act, and just the other day, a close friend of several years who is 53 told me she was raped when she was 18, and disclosed the specifics, which was her vehicle breaking down only 50 miles away from home – and the look on her face brought tears to my eyes. Even after all these years, she still suffers.
Sadly, rape cannot be stopped, but, ladies… we can get even in our own little way thanks to this new invention being distributed in South Africa, and is available to order. It is not a bad idea to have these on hand for when a woman finds herself in a circumstance in which a rape is a likely possibility – such as driving alone away from home, and your car breaks down. Some situations are perfect for these predators to take advantage of you.
According to an article on Gizmodo website:
Over 30,000 Rape-Axe condoms are being handed out free at South Africa’s World Cup. While they won’t stop rape, the condoms (worn by women) have jagged-teeth inside to tear penises up, and can only be removed by doctors.
Sounds grim, but then I imagine rape isn’t any fun for the woman either. The inventor, Dr Sonnet Ehlers, was inspired to create the painful condom after she met a woman who’d been raped. The woman apparently told Ehlers “if only I had teeth down there,” which encouraged her to look at ways to make men regret their actions.
Women fearful of being raped can insert the Rape-Axe condom inside themselves like a diaphragm or tampon. If her worst fears come true, and a man attempts to rape her, the Rape-Axe’s inside hooks attach themselves to the penis and don’t come off, instead getting even tighter and stopping the man from being able to urinate. The only way to remove it is by seeing a doctor—which will obviously help with prosecution.
After the World Cup, Ehlers will be selling the Rape-Axe condoms for $2 each.
More information available on the products’ website, Rape Ax, including ordering your own.
The Humble Beginnings of Rape Ax:
I have been accused of all sorts, my all-time favourite though is that I am the inventor of a most medieval device… my response, quite frankly is that a medieval deed deserves a medieval consequence. It’s the twenty first century, man has supposedly evolved into a more civilised being… yet rape statistics are on the rise! Child and infant rape has increased 400% over the last decade!
My second favourite criticism comes from Victoria Kaija, from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Uganda. She refers to my invention as a form of ‘enslavement’. Apparently wearing the device, according to Victoria, is a constant reminder, to women, of their vulnerability. My aim with the device is to empower women and promote gender equality. If men can use their bodies – their manhood, as a weapon of attack – well then it’s time for women to do the same! The fear and vulnerability that I saw in the tear-filled eyes of a rape victim is what drove me to begin my action against rape. “If only I had teeth down there,” were the words of this victim, and that was the prompt towards the development of Rape-aXe.