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Ear to the Ground

Condom With ‘Teeth’ Sticks It to Rapists

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Posted on Jun 21, 2010
anti-rape condom
Dr. Sonnet Ehlers / antirape.co.za

Dr. Sonnet Ehlers, inventor of Rape-aXe, presents her very personal form of self-defense in this promotional photo from her website.

Sigmund Freud famously wrote about the fabled “vagina dentata,” or toothed vagina—a symbol of terror and fascination embedded in the folklore of many a culture. Now, a South African doctor has taken that idea and used it for what she hopes will be a good end as a potential rape-deterrent device.  —KA

CNN:

The woman inserts the latex condom like a tampon. Jagged rows of teeth-like hooks line its inside and attach on a man’s penis during penetration, Ehlers said.

Once it lodges, only a doctor can remove it—a procedure Ehlers hopes will be done with authorities on standby to make an arrest.

“It hurts, he cannot pee and walk when it’s on,” she said. “If he tries to remove it, it will clasp even tighter ... however, it doesn’t break the skin, and there’s no danger of fluid exposure.”

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By Night-Gaunt, April 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm Link to this comment

One at a time. Solve the problems.

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By god, April 4, 2011 at 5:07 am Link to this comment
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what about the ass rapists? shouldn’t women insert something in their anus too?

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By Night-Gaunt, April 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment

Seems to me he will be to preoccupied with the intense pain and seeing he needs medical care before he bleeds out to do much else. But that’s part of the risk. And he won’t be able to do it ever again with his own “knob” at least.

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By who cares, April 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment
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Stupid idea, if he’s so fucked up he feels the need to rape someone there’s no doubt he’d murder the poor girl after his knob gets bit by this idiotic device.

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By dreamer, April 2, 2011 at 6:38 am Link to this comment
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As most others have said, if you are over-powered and isolated enough for an attacker to get as far as penetrating you, then presumably you are pretty much helpless now and the reprisals could be horrendous - it doesn’t seem exactly the best situation to launch an attack from.  Do you REALLY want to be in that situation?  I don’t think I would.  This sounds more like massaging a fantasy rather than any kind of practical solution for anything.  The idea of being able to make our vaginas bite might feel good, but back in the real world, I don’t think they are a very effective weapon!

Plus of course, can’t you just imagine the possibilities for abusing this thing?  If anyone who gets stuck with one of these is automatically a rapist, then just imagine the seductions and traps – it could almost become a sick sport!  “Let’s see how many poor sods we can bite – and bonus points if they get arrested!”  There’s a horror movie right there!  Heheh.

Though actually, as for ‘can only be removed by a doctor’, i’ll believe that when i see it!

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By Night-Gaunt, June 24, 2010 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

Never hurts to have backup, and I am for open carry but not only for guns but any weapon that you feel comfortable carrying and using. So don’t sell it short.

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By PatrickHenry, June 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm Link to this comment

Night-Gaunt, It may be invented in S.A. but if it gets distributed in the U.S. it will make the money here.

I could care less about this macabre invention, the women in my family pack heat and can shoot as good as me if not better.

As you know I am a firm believer in concealed carry and 2nd Amendment rights.

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By Night-Gaunt, June 23, 2010 at 9:03 am Link to this comment

PatrickHenry, this is a South African invention. It is far from stupid. In fact it frightens some men here right now including you. It shouldn’t.

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By omygodnotagain, June 22, 2010 at 7:45 pm Link to this comment

What would be more effective would be a female condom with a built in fast release remote control guillotine

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By Turd Furgeson, June 22, 2010 at 7:29 pm Link to this comment
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This will do until women finally evolve their own ‘teeth’.  Though I understand why
it isn’t designed to, I wish this device did much more damage.

And I’m not exactly sure why anyone is arguing that this defense mechanism will
give a rapist more opportunity to harm the woman.  I think they’re missing the
point… that there will be teeth stabbing into his phallus.  That will actually give
the woman the opportunity to attack him and escape while he’s writhing in pain. 
Comprende?

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By PatrickHenry, June 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm Link to this comment

This just proves to me the power of innovation in America where the most stupid of ideas can make a million.

Will Ronco be the American distributor?

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By Nat, June 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment
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The condom with teeth would stick onto the rapist and then he would not be able
to pee or walk. The victim would thus not be attached to the rapist, and the rapist
would have to go to a doctor in order to get it removed, therefore it would allow
for doctors to identify rapists.

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By Leefeller, June 22, 2010 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

I was under the impression it worked like a bear trap. so the rapist is suddenly busy trying to get rid of a pit bull who will not let go no matter what he does, while screaming in staccato!

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By Night-Gaunt, June 22, 2010 at 11:09 am Link to this comment

Excellent idea! It is unfortunate that girls and women will need to wear them in many places but it makes more sense than not doing it because of its implications as some critics say. Just like wearing seat belts or helmets.

I just hope that most rapists will be ignorant of it for a long time.

Fear can be use to temper ones actions. Just so long as it remains in control. This is protection, this is preparation, not mindless fear mongering.

rico, suave you do know that rape is a violent crime done by sexual means, it isn’t a date. You lost your “suave” here Rico. Your sexist pig is showing.

Remember once it is stuck on him it stays with him as the woman/girl can escape while the man/boy is in agony! <<A >> He will have little interest in his prey then.

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By erthbot, June 22, 2010 at 10:33 am Link to this comment

OK so the woman wants to be attached to this jerk until help arrives? Also, if she can take it out, the rapist can make her take it out at knife-point. If that doesn’t work, try a different door. This is so ridiculous.

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By Arabian Sinbad, June 22, 2010 at 8:55 am Link to this comment

When I thought I have heard all the nonsense of modern times to solve human problems, here comes this one!

Rape in itself is an expression of violence by deviant and sick people. When this proposed device will cause extreme pain to the rapist, it will cause him to become even more violent, and instead of just raping his woman target and fleeing the scene, he would kill her.

Castrating rapists and isolating them in special prisons is a more reasonable solution to this problem!

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By kerryrose, June 22, 2010 at 8:18 am Link to this comment

His arms are still free while he is ‘stuck.’

My only concern is for the victim’s safety while the rapist is ‘stuck’ inside.  In desperation to get away, and as punishment for the pain, will the abuser hit, strangle, or otherwise continue to abuse the women, maybe to death?

Just wondering?

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By Leefeller, June 22, 2010 at 7:05 am Link to this comment

I suppose this will only work in countries or societies were it is a crime to rape women and where women are almost equal to men. Possibly Sweden?

Maybe they should issue these to the 79 Virgins, so when the morons go to the great beyond they will be in for a nice surprise!

Abusers of women may be receiving some equitable abuse of their own, what a novel idea!

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By Ouroborus, June 22, 2010 at 6:00 am Link to this comment

rollzone, June 21 at 10:57 pm

You need help! But I fear for you there is none;
pathetic!

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By Ouroborus, June 22, 2010 at 5:58 am Link to this comment

rico, suave, June 21 at 11:09 pm #
re photo:
Dr Ehlers needn’t worry.
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The depth of your sick response speaks volumes about
you and your shallow hold on reality. Please do not
respond; you’re done!
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Dr. Sonnet Ehlers; brilliant! Now these sick f*&ks;
will get their just reward!
The shear magnitude of the devastation brought on 3rd
world women by this monstrous crime may now be
brought to an end. Bravo!

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By knute, June 21, 2010 at 9:38 pm Link to this comment
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I think Rollzone nailed this one on the head , so to speak. This doctor seems to not factor in that there’s alot of these “rapists” who enraged by her contrasption would kill the girl in a blind rage before anything else which does seem to dilute its effectiveness somewhat.

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By rico, suave, June 21, 2010 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment

re photo:
Dr Ehlers needn’t worry.

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By rollzone, June 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment

hello. oh yeah, the great fear of rape being fought with fear. not fear- malicious will to counter an over aggressive act with painful consequence. and when the man then turns and breaks the woman’s skull open with his fist, or can only manage to draw a weapon and kill the woman- was this technique better than a chastity belt?

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By James H., June 21, 2010 at 9:55 am Link to this comment
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Great idea.

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