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14 November 2006 @ 03:04 pm

Anti-rape female condom
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The anti-rape female condom (aka vaginal bear trap, brand name Rapex) was invented by Sonette Ehlers, a South African woman. It is intended to prevent rape by hooking onto an attacker's penis, hurting and disabling him.

The device is a latex tube fitted internally with shafts of sharp, inward-facing plastic barbs that could be worn by a woman in her vagina, similar to a tampon. Should an attacker attempt vaginal rape, the penis would be hooked by the barbs, causing the attacker pain and giving the victim time to escape. The condom would remain attached to the attacker's penis and, according to the device's creator, could be removed only surgically[citation needed], which would alert hospital staff and police that an attempted rape could have taken place. However, the fact that a man was injured by the device would not in and of itself mean he was a rapist, due to the possibility of abuse of the device (see criticism). Furthermore, the device's inventor believes that the very existence of the device in over-the-counter stores could also act as a deterrent by creating the possibility in a potential rapist's mind that victims might be using it.

According to Ehlers, the Rapex would also act as a female condom, reducing chances of impregnation or STD infection. However, there is no scientific research that supports her claim. Ehlers herself claim that the device prevents STDs because "there is no body fluid inside you from the rapist."[1]

The device was unveiled on August 31, 2005 in South Africa. Production will start later this year if severe criticism is overcome. The inventor hopes to have the product on the market in late 2006.

The device was unveiled on August 31, 2005 in South Africa, where the rape rate was extremely high as of that date, and production will start the following year if severe criticism is overcome. 

See More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-rape_female_condom

maekhin chanjtrbulnt_spnstr on November 15th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
There was a lot of discussion about this in feminist last year. I think there was discussion about how the rapist will react violently and cause more harm. It doesn't seem like a very safe idea to me?
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Feminister of the peopleapathyislame on November 20th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
more on the rape condom thing
Yeah I heard the criticism about it might make the rapist more violent but I thought, what if she resisted, wouldn't that do the same thing...so would it be in her best interest to just lay back and take it? Also I figured if spikes were inserted into your penis, you might be debilitated or at least go flacid...I am not really sure of what the male reaction would be :p Additionally, one of the criticisms also said that women would go out and use it for revenge against husbands/boyfriends, which I thought was a little patronizing towards women. It seemed like they were saying, she is such an out of control child that she will use this to harm men and become out of control, I mean if she wanted revenge couldn't she use a fork...I mean I bet she COULD think of another way if she really wanted revenge, its not like she heard "oooh a condom that makes spikes go into a guys dick, I was so ill-equipped before, but NOW i can really take revenge". ANd I will admit that my initial reaction before I read onto the part about the spikes was, "oh so its a womans responsibility to wear a condom (thinking it was to protect against STDS and pregnancy only) all the time in fear of being raped...thats a jacked up world we live in, wouldn't it be better to just create an environment that is not ALWAYS hostile (or perceiveably hostile) towards women all the FUCKING time.
genocidetodaygenocidetoday on April 24th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link on this.

Whatever the risks associated, it's important to have options and choices available to people to protect themselves.