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April 10, 2007

Rape Just Got A Little Tougher In South Africa

The best defense is offense. I'll put this past the jump because it's kind of nasty to think about.


Scumbags of South Africa, you have been warned. Later this month, women there "will be able to arm their vaginas with the Rapex device, a product priced at 1 rand (around 14 cents) and sold over the counter," the Guardian reports. "Shaped like a female condom and worn internally, its hollow interior is lined with 25 razor-sharp teeth, which fasten on to an attacker's penis if he attempts penetration."

[Quoting the Guardian's bit about this:] Some people - including women's campaigners - have criticised the device for being "vengeful". Well, as its inventor, Sonette Ehlers, has said, it's "a medieval device for a medieval deed". If any rapist finds himself hopping with pain as a result - as well as facing the fact that the only way to remove the device is said to be a highly awkward and incriminating hospital visit - that seems just fine to me. Yes, it's vengeful. Yes, it hurts rapists. Oh well.

Was that even an issue? Worrying about whether or not it's right to take "vengeance" on your rapist? (Incidentally, it's not really vengeance, which is usually taken well after the fact.)

How do these people manage to move about in life, being weighed down so by their exquisitely-delicate conscience and their grotesquely-bloated self-regard?

Thanks to Drew.

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