The best part of politics: because they're all screwing us anyway.

Friday, September 09, 2005


They're certainly thinking outside the, er, box in South Africa:

KLEINMOND, South Africa (Reuters) - A South African inventor unveiled a new anti-rape female condom on Wednesday that hooks onto an attacker's penis and aims to cut one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the world.

"Nothing has ever been done to help a woman so that she does not get raped and I thought it was high time," Sonette Ehlers, 57, said of the "rapex," a device worn like a tampon that has sparked controversy in a country used to daily reports of violent crime.

Rapex? Wow.

Police statistics show more than 50,000 rapes are reported every year, while experts say the real figure could be four times that as they say most rapes of acquaintances or children are never reported.

Ehlers said the "rapex" hooks onto the rapist's skin, allowing the victim time to escape and helping to identify perpetrators.

If I had a penis, I'd definitely be cringing right now.

"He will obviously be too pre-occupied at this stage," she told reporters in Kleinmond, a small holiday village about 100km (60 miles) east of Cape Town. "I promise you he is going to be too sore. He will go straight to hospital."

The device, made of latex and held firm by shafts of sharp barbs, can only be removed from the man through surgery which will alert hospital staff, and ultimately, the police, she said.

I can just imagine that.

"Doctor, doctor, I have a sharp object attached to my penis!"

"Are you choking?"

"No, I'm serious!"

(Sorry, I seem to have mixed up my "doctor, doctor" jokes...heh.)

Ehlers, who showed off a prototype on Wednesday, said women had tried it for comfort and it had been tested on a plastic male model but not yet on a live man.

Uh, I wonder why?

Perhaps the US should volunteer its president and head of FEMA to test out the device.

...But the "rapex" has raised fears amongst anti-rape activists that it could escalate violence against women.

"If a victim is wearing such a device it may enrage the attacker further and possibly result in more harm being caused," said Sam Waterhouse, advocacy coordinator for Rape Crisis.

Other critics say the condom is medieval and barbaric -- an accusation Ehlers says should be directed rather at the act of rape.

And I can imagine a woman who's pissed off at her husband, a la Lorena Bobbitt, using it just for spite...

But even with those possibilites, it may still be worth it. Anything that reduces rape is a good thing. It may be time to prepare for a lot of South African men running around with their legs crossed.

And if we in the US can use it on the members of the administration who have been raping our country for the past five years, all the better.


  • At 9:35 AM, Blogger Michael J. West said…

    Thank you SO much for making me think of George W. Bush's penis. Even thinking about causing it injury is too much for me.

  • At 9:54 AM, Blogger The Biased Reporter said…

    I always enjoy reading your posts. You always find a way to add humor to the most serious issues.

  • At 10:41 AM, Blogger Boinkette said…

    Thanks, Kristal. :-)

    Sorry, Mike...I hope you don't have nightmares! But we've got to stop Bush from raping the country somehow...


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