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This is brilliant, and so, so fucking disgustingly sad that so many women will need to wear one.

I know. And what's worse is that it was never released to market because it was deemed as 'unnecessarily cruel', can you believe it?

WHAT????

In what country was it deemed cruel?? If I put a bear trap in my handbag and you reach for my wallet, how is that my fault?

In South Africa, where it was invented. There was a lot of public backlash (probably by men lets be real) that said it was "vengeful, horrible, and disgusting" and thus prevented from being for sale in pharmacies. She's still trying with the gofundme, because I bet if there were enough women in support of this, it would end up on the market.

Seriously. "Then just don't rape someone and you won't have to worry." "No, that's too hard. Men have legitimate reasons that they need to rape women."

Women. Are. Objects. It becomes more obvious every day and I hate it so much.

Taken from Wikipedia:

'An anti-rape female condom using a different design was invented by Sonette Ehlers, a South African woman. Ehlers 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. Ehlers 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. Initially called RapeX, the name was changed in 2006 upon discovering that RAPEX is also an EU warning system against dangerous goods on the market.

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.

Rape-aXe was unveiled on August 31, 2005 in South Africa. There have been objections to Ehlers' invention, describing it as "vengeful, horrible, and disgusting" and its planned sale in pharmacies has been opposed. Concerns were raised that use of the device could possibly enrage an attacker and further jeopardize the victim. Ehlers responded saying that "many women have been killed over time, as nobody can guarantee the outcome of any rape' and that the pain caused from Rape-aXe will temporarily disable the attacker, giving the victim time to get away.

Although media coverage at the time implied that mass production was due to begin in April 2007, the device has never been marketed to the public and it remains unclear whether the product will ever be available for purchase.'

[–] KBash 8 points Edited

It’s not even just that women might have been killed, either. I think by interrupting the rape at the very beginning, and also protecting herself and injuring her attacker, this device would be very empowering, and the woman would be much less likely to contract PTSD, in addition to of course avoiding the damage to her own genitalia.

Also we’d be able to identify and arrest more rapists, who also may think twice about trying raping again after that.

That they’re calling it barbaric just shows they think rape isn’t. They don’t think women are as human as the men who rape them.

I really don't want to type the following but...unfortunately if this device becomes well known rapists will just shove an object (stick, metal bar) up there first to disable the device. Or make sure to rape anally instead of vaginally.

The only real solution is for men to stop viewing women as objects. I won't hold my breath.

Not to mention possible long-term health issues from having it in there all day or manufacturing flaws causing it to harm the woman. I am not a doctor but I don't think having latex inside you for 8+ hours every day would be good for you. There is also the risk of the man being enraged by the pain and beating, stabbing or even shooting the woman for using it. I doubt you would use it at home where you're "safe" so it would be useless if a home invader or family member was the rapist.

I think the best thing society could do would be to punish rapists more appropriately and provide much better support for their victims. Fund shelters, help them get healthcare and therapy, make the rapists pay for it.

My only worry is that such a device would raise the chances of a rapist trying to kill the woman in anger instead. Not so sure how fully debilitating it actually would be.

And fuck the people claiming it’s cruel to the rapists! Raping a woman should definitely come with a risk of having your dick amputated.

I can see why this is a concern, but think about the last time you saw a guy get hit in the balls. The last time I saw it he acted like he was being slowly beheaded with a rusty spoon, you'd think the world was ending.

It's amazing how vulnerable their genitals are! Just hanging out in front, completely unprotected.

And yes, it's insane how people can think this is too cruel in response to one of the cruelest acts on the face of this planet.

Sounds like the 'Dentata' device in Snow Crash. I always wanted one of those.

Finally! I was so sad thinking this project had died. Once this is more widespread I do believe rape overall will go down.