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6/18/2005

Rat trap



Via Feministe, this is an anti-rape device called a 'rat trap'.
The device, which Sonette Ehlers, its inventor, has patented, is worn like a tampon but is hollow. In the event of a rape, she said that it would fold around the rapist?s penis and attach itself with microscopic hooks. It is impossible to remove the clamped device without medical intervention.

'We have to do something to protect ourselves. While this will not prevent rape, it will help identify attackers and secure convictions,' Ms Ehlers told the Johannesburg Star.

What is strange is that some women's groups are vehemently opposed to it:
FURIOUS South African women have called for a controversial new anti-rape device, dubbed a 'rat trap', to be banned by the Government.

The tampon-like device, invented by a woman, supposedly protects women from rapists by cutting into a man's penis.

...Activists are outraged and want to stop it going on sale alongside tampons in chemists and supermarkets next month.

Charlene Smith, a leading anti-rape campaigner, said: '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.'

...Women's groups disputed her claims, which have reopened a debate over violence against women in South Africa. The country has been called the rape capital of the world. Lisa Vetten, of the Centre of Violence and Reconciliation, said: '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.'

It is indeed sad that women must 'adapt' to rape - but shouldn't it be up to the individual woman how she wants to protect herself? And why is this device 'male-hating'? - it seems to me that the only men that have anything to worry about are those who plan on raping women. And I don't really give a shit if such men end up with microscopic hooks in their dicks.

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