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You know how sometimes you read something and for just one short moment, you'd like to take the person who wrote the post and slice them and dice them and generally hurt them very much?

There's an 'artist' on DeviantArt that occasionally writes about news-articles that he's found and that he finds interesting, strange or funny. Most of the time, his posts are ok - interesting to read, and he always posts a link to the original newspost, so that you can read it for yourself.

His newest post is called "The Anti Rape Condom With Teeth". He cites the original news article and then adds his own thoughts to it. Most of it is inane, but I took exception to his last sentence, which is "But honestly who the hell would even use it?".

Now, I have to say I have never been raped. But I know enough women who have, and my imagination is good enough (and I think all of us who write have at *least* that much imagination) to understand what it means for a woman to be raped.

So I posted a comment:

"But honestly who the hell would even use it?

Every woman who has ever been raped.

Every woman who has ever been in *danger* of being raped.

Every woman walking home alone.

Every woman.

African men still believe that you can cure AIDS by having unprotected sex with a virgin - the younger the better. In my daughter's school, there was a girls' choir from South Africa that came for concerts every year. Last year, there was a lovely young girl with the voice of an angel. This year, she wasn't with the choir anymore. Why? Because she was raped repeatedly and left alone, pregnant, by an AIDS infected man. She was 12.

I'm sure she would have appreciated the opportunity of using one of those condoms, too.

His reply was:

"I hardly believe that billions of women around the world will jump on the "anti condom with teeth" wearing bandwagon."

Now... Maybe he's just a stupid dick who really can't understand what a product like this could mean to a woman - to her survival, to her personal integrity.

Maybe I'm the one who's in the wrong to think that this product might be a good idea, *especially* in a country where rape is as common as having coffee with your breakfast. The product, by the way, is called "rape-aXe" and is really available. It's not a spoof.

I can well imagine that if you're living in an area where the chances that you might be raped are extremely high, you wouldn't be *dis*interested in this kind of product.

So this guy is probably just an idiot. He's probably never had to deal with a woman being raped. But what it shows to me is the callous way in which men brush something like this off. You'd think in this day and age they've come close enough to their female partners, family and friends to at least *emphasize* with them. But it looks like we're still in the Dark Ages where some things are concerned.



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Jun. 29th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
What the fuck--if it protects anyone, even one woman, it's done it's job. The guy does sound like he's missing a few brain cells... and that kind of attitude all but says that rape 'can't be all that bad.' ffs.
Jun. 29th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah. One of his comments was "well if he (the rapist) can't get in the front door, he'll use the back one..."

And I'm like... O.O Oh, isn't *that* a lovely thought?

There are these tiny, tiny moments when a *very* evil part of me hopes that someone like that gets to experience what it feels like... but it's only very tiny and I try to squash it really, really quickly.

Still... >.
Jun. 29th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
Gods, what a dick. A product like this could stop a woman's worst nightmare from becoming even worse.

Jun. 29th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)

He just more or less made fun of the whole thing, as if it was this half-assed idea that wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell to succeed in what it's supposed to do.

If even just *one* woman is saved from being raped by this product, it's worth it.

I could drop-kick guys like that from here to Pluto... >.
Jun. 29th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Nyeh. That guy's just a total idiot.
I'm sure things like that condom will drop rape rates, and even if it is just by a fraction of a percent, as he claims, that's at least something. .__.
Jun. 29th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, he is. If something like this prevents even *one* single rape, then it's worth it! Stupid drivel like he spouts can *only* come from a guy. And only one who hasn't had much experience with women, in my opinion...

Jun. 29th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
I think it's a great product, but was confused at first by the word 'condom.' Once I read through the description and saw the woman puts it inside ahead of time, things became clearer because I couldn't envision a rapist being convinced to wear any condom.

In some countries, they should be passed out for free, but in those countries the woman would probably be put up on charges for damaging the guy.
Jun. 29th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
I think that the woman who developed these was giving them out for a very low price in South Africa at the moment. Because SA has one of the highest rape rates in the world...

The guy should be glad it doesn't chew off his dick. >.< I'd cut it off, slice it, fry it, and feed it back to him... >.>
Jun. 29th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
He sounds like a dick, because yeah you would think that something that would increase the safety of the people you love would be a good thing.
Jun. 30th, 2010 09:35 am (UTC)
I would think so, too. I can only imagine that he's never personally had to deal with something like this in his personal surroundings - family, friends etc.

I can only wish that he never has to...
Jun. 29th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
You know, I read about that and while I don't disagree with the theory... I can't see how it's going to work the way they think it's going to. If the woman can insert the thing, and remove it... what's going to stop the guy from checking for it and removing it himself? Or just asking her, and if she lies... beating the crap out of her, or killing her?

The Deviant guy, however, sounds like a guy with very little understanding of what a great portion of the world is really like. He can't imagine the women in his little corner of the world having any interest in the device, and really... neither can I. But In Africa? South America? Places where the possibilites are SO much higher? Yeah, unfortunately, I can. >_<;
Jun. 30th, 2010 09:39 am (UTC)
Is a rapist really going to think about checking for something like this? Or is he just going to go ahead? I would think that few rapists would talk to their victims first, they'd just *do*... or not? I'm not sure. Once that thing's on your dick, you're not going to be interested in anything else, I think.

That's the thing - it may not be for women here in our fairly safe corner(s) of the world, but in those places, where to be a woman almost guarantees that you will end up raped, yes, I think that's where this will be a true life-saver. At least, I hope so.

I guess this guy never had the experience of having someone close to him raped - or almost raped - or even confronted with the possibility. And really, let's *not* hope that one day he will find out...
Jun. 30th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
From what I read, the things weren't like... napalm on the nuts or anything, just extremely uncomfortable, and it would need to be removed by a doctor... as good as a confession. I could see a rapist killing in retaliation...
Jul. 1st, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)
Pity, they're not... wouldn't it be great if the guy's dick starts to fizzle and sizzle? *gg*

Hm... but isn't there always the danger of the rapist killing, for fear of being caught? Would this make that much of a difference?
Jul. 3rd, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Oh, the danger is always there, I guess, but rape is more about control than sex. I can just imagine those things working like throwing gasoline on a fire...

I suppose we'll be finding out, eventually, since they're going to be out there soon.
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