A \"Cure\" For Rape

It's sure painful to read about, but it sounds cool:

So what is this device, for which design Ms Ehlers was inspired after meeting a traumatised rape victim who told her, "If only I had teeth down there", all about? A medieval device built on hatred of men? Or a cheap, easy-to-use invention that could free millions of South African women from fear of rape, in a country with the world's worst sexual assault record?

"Rapex", the condom-like device bristling with internal hooks designed to snare rapists has re-ignited controversy over South Africa's alarming rape rate, even before plans for its production were announced in Western Cape this week.

The device, concealed inside a woman's body, hooks onto a rapist during penetration and must be surgically removed.

Ms Ehlers said the rape trap would be so painful for a rapist that it would disable him immediately, enabling his victim to escape; but would cause no long-term physical damage and could not injure the woman.

Read the story at the LA Times. Via MedGadget.

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That's one possible effect,

That's one possible effect, but I don't think you can say that's the overriding effect, or even a significant one, without a look at some demand curve elasticities.

Assuming this device is

Assuming this device is intended to act as a deterrent to vaginal penetration, isn't the likely effect merely to encourage rapists to sodomise their victims instead.

Utopia's not an option,

Utopia's not an option, Mandos.

Um, wouldn't determined

Um, wouldn't determined rapists just check for it and remove it?

Assuming this device is

Assuming this device is intended to act as a deterrent to vaginal penetration, isn’t the likely effect merely to encourage rapists to sodomise their victims instead.

They should advertise this. They could double their sales!

something tells me they

something tells me they don't market it that way, Scott.

All the device has to do is

All the device has to do is stun the rapist for 1d2 combat rounds. Hopefully the woman can exploit the element of surprise.

I imagine it would have a

I imagine it would have a deterrent effect; once the risk of sticking his member in a vagina laniata is greater than a would-be rapist's comfort level, he will forego committing rapes.

Thus, even if the device is adopted by a small percentage of women, it can reduce the incidence of rapes. This effect is similar to that of private fire-arm ownership. I don't accept the arguments in favor of banning it; one has a right to self defense, and the weapons one needs to accomplish this.

Personally, I favor my father-in-law's rape prevention system - he is a Vietnam era infantry sergeant who taught is daughters how to fight. My wife is a pretty decent shot with a shot-gun and has has a seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of disabling pressure points. She fights dirty too :).

Then why would anybody buy

Then why would anybody buy it?

Like Matt said above: This

Like Matt said above: This device will not cure rape; it will merely convert rapes into murders.

I don't understand the

I don't understand the objections listed in that article either. They seem absolutely crazy. The only thing I'm concerned about is just how true this is: "the device would be so painful for a rapist that it would disable him immediately." That seems to me the most important aspect, because if genital pain did not compltely disab;e the man then the rape would without a doubt turn into a murder.

I suppose you might also have some concerns about reprisals, given how culturally accepted some kinds of rape are in African Societies. Aside from those two objections, which might well be inapplicable, I'd say this is a step forward. I'm buying one for my sister.

Matt

My concerns as a man are: a)

My concerns as a man are:

a) Presumably the average woman isn't raped more than once every several years. Actually, one hopes the average woman is raped once every several lifetimes. Therefore for each successful use of the product, the woman must continually wear it for several years if not several lifetimes, on average.

b) If this thing can become affixed to the flesh of a penis, and unremovable without surgical intervention, then would this not apply also to the walls of the vagina?

I don't understand the

I don't understand the objection.

“This is a medieval instrument, based on male-hating notions and fundamentally misunderstands the nature of rape and violence against women in this society. It is vengeful, horrible, and disgusting. The woman who invented this needs help.”

Male hating? No, just rapist hating.

“This is like going back to the days when women were forced to wear chastity belts. It is a terrifying thought that women are being made to adapt to rape.”

Yes, it would be nice if we lived in a world with no rape and where the oceans were filled with lemonade. But we don't live in such a world. Nobody is "making" women use this device. These critics want to make it impossible to defend oneself against a rapist.

Also, when I heard about this device, I wondered: how did they put it through product testing?

Yes, among others.

Wasn't there a similar

Wasn't there a similar device in Snow Crash?

And what do mine eyes see,

And what do mine eyes see, but this headline: "Anti-rape device must be banned, say women". Errr, right...