South African Dr. Sonnet Ehlers has designed a female condom that she hopes will help authorities cut down on rape and help authorities catch sexual offenders. Ehlers is distributing the condom — called Rape-aXe — for free during the World Cup, in a country with one of the worst rape rates in the world.
A woman can insert the condom as she would a tampon. The condom has jagged teeth-like hooks inside that attach to a man’s penis during intercourse. Once it grabs hold, only a doctor can remove it, and if the man tries to remove the condom it will only clasp even tighter.
Ehlers said, however, that the device doesn’t break the skin and that there’s no danger of fluid exposure.
Critics suggest the condom puts women at risk of further violence from men trapped by the device, which honestly, was my first thought when I read about Rape-aXe.
Others say the the device is “medieval.” To that Ehlers had this to say: “Yes, my device may be a medieval, but it’s for a medieval deed that has been around for decades. I believe something’s got to be done… and this will make some men rethink before they assault a woman.”
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