Monday, June 21, 2010
Today I read an article about how a South African doctor invented a female condom to help prevent rape. The device is inserted into the woman like a female condom or tampon, only it has jagged rows of teeth hooks inside that will attach to a man and can only be removed by a doctor. Although the device hurts and makes a man unable to pee or walk, the device doesn't break the skin or enable any fluid exposure (see CNN). It's intended to be used by women who think they may be at risk for rape.

The article reminded me of the 2007 movie Teeth

I am all for the prevention of rape and I find it sad that women in South Africa have to live in so much fear of being raped that such a device had to be invented. However, I personally, cannot imagine putting in such a device anytime I entered a potentially dangerous situation, because I don't know precisely when I would be entering a potentially dangerous situation until it is too late. Plus, in order for the device to work, the woman must be attacked, so the device does not prevent women from becoming a victim; it only scares attackers from attacking again.

The device may also have unintended consequences. It could fall into the hands of scorned women, who may seduce men into the device. Or over time it may cause men to fear consensual as well as non-consensual sex.

I feel like there should be a better way to address the prevention of rape. Perhaps with education for men and women (boys and girls) and with self defense classes for women and girls.

I want to know what you think about this device? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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