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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.



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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