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Doc Invents Female Condoms With Teeth

From the ‘Inside Africa’ section at CNN:

South African doctor invents female condoms with ‘teeth’ to fight rape

By Faith Karimi, CNN

June 21, 2010

(CNN) — South African Dr. Sonnet Ehlers was on call one night four decades ago when a devastated rape victim walked in. Her eyes were lifeless; she was like a breathing corpse.

"She looked at me and said, ‘If only I had teeth down there,’" recalled Ehlers, who was a 20-year-old medical researcher at the time. "I promised her I’d do something to help people like her one day."

Forty years later, Rape-aXe was born.

Ehlers is distributing the female condoms in the various South African cities where the World Cup soccer games are taking place.

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."

Ehlers said she sold her house and car to launch the project, and she planned to distribute 30,000 free devices under supervision during the World Cup period

After the trial period, they’ll be available for about $2 a piece. She hopes the women will report back to her.

"The ideal situation would be for a woman to wear this when she’s going out on some kind of blind date … or to an area she’s not comfortable with," she said

Critics say the female condom is not a long-term solution and makes women vulnerable to more violence from men trapped by the device.

It’s also a form of "enslavement," said Victoria Kajja, a fellow for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the east African country of Uganda. "The fears surrounding the victim, the act of wearing the condom in anticipation of being assaulted all represent enslavement that no woman should be subjected to."

Kajja said the device constantly reminds women of their vulnerability.

"It not only presents the victim with a false sense of security, but psychological trauma," she added. "It also does not help with the psychological problems that manifest after assaults."

However, its one advantage is it allows justice to be served, she said.

Various rights organizations that work in South Africa declined to comment, including Human Rights Watch and Care International.

South Africa has one of the highest rape rates in the world, Human Rights Watch says on its website. A 2009 report by the nation’s Medical Research Council found that 28 percent of men surveyed had raped a woman or girl, with one in 20 saying they had raped in the past year, according to Human Rights Watch.

In most African countries, rape convictions are not common. Affected women don’t get immediate access to medical care, and DNA tests to provide evidence are unaffordable.

"Women and girls who experience these violations are denied justice, factors that contribute to the normalization of rape and violence in South African society," Human Rights Watch says.

Women take drastic measures to prevent rape in South Africa, Ehlers said, with some wearing extra tight biker shorts and others inserting razor blades wrapped in sponges in their private parts

What a feather in the cap for the glorious new country that was once South Africa.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 21st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Doc Invents Female Condoms With Teeth”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    -‘It’s also a form of “enslavement,” said Victoria Kajja’- I cannot put into printable words exactly how I feel – other than much like the American feminazis – this woman is so sold out for whatever reason/power/position she has gotten that she just doesn’t get it – rape is a form of enslavement – it is not about sex, it is about fear, power and control.

    I’ll take a dozen to give to my daughter – sad it took this long to come up with such a device.

    I’ll liken it to conceal carry – those areas have conceal carry have a reduced crime rate – because even criminals will think twice, if they have to wonder if their intended victim can shoot back. Imagine how men will think twice if they have to wonder if their intended victim can fight back. And like conceal carry – there is no way to know in advance.

    More power to Dr. Ehlers – may her biting condom win the war and save a number of woman a horror no woman should have to endure.

  2. Melly says:

    “If only I had teeth down there.”
    I defer to the rape victim.

  3. Deserat says:

    “The ideal situation would be for a woman to wear this when she’s going out on some kind of blind date … or to an area she’s not comfortable with,” she said…

    Why as a woman or girl are you doing the above? If you are, you should not be alone….I don’t condone rape, however, I also don’t condone a lack of common sense. If the probability is high to get raped while engaging in the above behavior then reduce the odds and don’t do the above. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

  4. proreason says:

    This should be a big seller.

    Right up there with chastity belts, and castration devices.

    The lady certainly has a nose for business.

    All of the women planning to spend a lot of time in high rape zones will be clamoring for it.

  5. P. Aaron says:

    POSSIBLE VICTIM: “Wait a sec Mr. Raper dude while I insert the anti-raper dude device”.

  6. canary says:

    Rape is an old muslim African custom in which the men hunted down & raped the young girls who were forced into marriage.
    Rape has increased in Africa because of the animist & cannibalism voo doo muslim religion that raping a virgin (or to an extreme eating the body part of a baby or child not contaminated ) will cure aids, which originated from sex with apes. (this belief was the belief when AIDS was first discovered, and recently, still believed by today’s scientists)

    Granny is not Obama’s real grandmother. She is one of many of Obama’s grandfather’s wives. Obama’s grandmother, forced at 13 to marry and be raped and beat by Obama’s paternal grandfather finally quit running back to her father who who send her back after payment of more and more cows. Other wifes left too.
    This cycled into Obama Sr.’s being violent and hating women, as Obama’s half sister explained Obama Sr. never forgave his mother, and Obama Sr. being a bad seed, robbing neighbors etc. wife beating, drunkard.

    This had an impact on the type of father Obama became. He explains he was an absent father, the Audacity of Hope, Michelle left with the responsibility, and just in May, & again in May, and this Father’s Day on the WH site.

    Obama Still Screwed in the Head of Absent Father.

    ALERT: Obama’s new program to pass legislation forcing absent father’s into the lives of their children. Obama, believes his father should have been forced to have a relationship with him. Obama can’t appreciate that maybe he was better off without his father, though genetic wise, he did inherit that bully abusive behavior. Obama can’t see that instead of being different than his absent father, he became an absent father himslef.

    Forget that Obama’s father Obama Sr. lived in Africa and wrote Obama letters, always telling Obama to come to Africa where Obama belonged.
    So, for Obama to use the snif. snif. snif. poor me, still suffering the
    Oh we wish . Obama Sr. wrote Obama Jr. always telling Obama Jr. to come to Africa where he belonged. (this is a muslim custom, but then Obama claims his father went from muslim to atheist and so for other reasons Obama Sr. felt Obama should go to Africa, which is what Obama

    Why did Obama spend his entire still bitter life complaining of life in America when his father Obama Sr. kept trying to get him to move to Africa where he belonged? Because, along with the race-card, Obama will not stop playing the poor me card.

    Obama did not learn from his father and grandfather’s violent lives he cries as he falls to his knees at their graves, but Obama was not there enough for his own daughters. Maybe Obama has a domineering women thing, like muslims & asians do?

    Now, Obama is saying that government and becoming the President of the U.S. has not filled the vacancy in his broken heart from his absent father. What the heck does that mean? Ohhh.. He needs to take over the entire world to fill that void.

    Politico: Mike Allen’s Playbook: Jun 21 2010

    FROM THE SPEECH: “Now of course, we can’t legislate fatherhood – we can’t force anyone to love a child. But what we CAN do is send a clear message to our fathers that there is no excuse for failing to meet their obligations. What we can do is make it easier for fathers who make responsible choices and harder for those who avoid them. What we can do is come together and support fathers who are willing to step up and be good parents, partners and providers. … [T]oday, we’re launching the next phase of our work to promote responsible fatherhood – a new, nationwide Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative. This is a call to action with cities and states, individuals and organizations across the country – from the NFL Players Association to the National PTA to everyday moms and dads – raising awareness about responsible fatherhood and working to re-engage absent fathers with their families. … Even with all the good fortune and support Michelle and I have had in our lives, I’ve made plenty of mistakes as a parent. I’ve lost count of all the times when the demands of work have taken me from the duties of fatherhood… ”

    also on WH site

    Today MSNBC May 27 2010 Parade

    Obama “I know I have been an imperfect father. I know I have made mistakes. I have lost count of all the times, over the years, when the demands of work have taken me from the duties of fatherhood. There were many days out on the campaign trail when I felt like my family was a million miles away, and I knew I was missing moments of my daughters’ lives that I’d never get back. It is a loss I will never fully accept.

    Read more: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/31437363/ns/today-fathers_day_guide/page/2/#ixzz0rWNmRw4W

  7. AcornsRNutz says:

    I hate to agree with the loony who says this is enslavement, but it is kind of just accepting “well your gonna get raped, might as well cut the guy’s wedding tackle to shreds”. I personally cannot imagine a woman in this country taking that on the chin. Go ahead and give em to your kids, I am giving mine a .357 snub nose and the G-2 to use it.

    • wardmama4 says:

      Actually I was making a joke (to me the entire article does border on just being a sick, sad joke) – and my daughter already has her own pistol and about to get her conceal carry – she can take care of herself fine thank you very much.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      Oh I figured as much,. htats the trouble with internet communication, its hard to actually communicate via inflection and tone. My comments were more directed at the type of culture that regards this as a viable way to handle the problem, the ones who would literally run out to buy these for their children. No offense intended, and good for you for arming the girl to the teeth. Mine’s only 6 months old, but we’ll get her there shortly.

  8. canary says:

    “Critics say the female condom is not a long-term solution and makes women vulnerable to more violence from men trapped by the device.”

    Not if the woman can find a way to smash the rapist or pedophile’s brains in the second he pauses. None of that take off running in the movies.

    I now realize why Obama, as an Illinoise Senator, voted against that bill that would have given pedophiles stiffer sentences. It wasn’t just because his Trinity Church ministered to sex offenders.

    That “no” vote was not just Obama’s empathy for sex offenders, nor the muslim religion that entered in the beginning of his life up til present.
    It was a delusional attempt to please his African father & grandfather heritage.

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