Condom With ‘Teeth’ Sticks It to Rapists
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
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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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