Check out dis Anti-Rape Device. (Mahalo Cindy P.) Rape has become endemic in South Africa, so a medical technician named Sonette Ehlers developed a…
While extreme, there are places like South Africa where women are still considered second-class citizens compared to men. Consequently, the laws regarding rape and sexual assault are nowhere near as stringent as they should be to protect women from initial or further harm. Thus, women should be able to use tools like this to defend themselves when faced with incredible adversity from both men in their immediate environments and the societal injustices which men perpetuate in their communities.
The Rapex device is a defense against a symptom of a greater problem with the way people think and formulate the world around them, though. The idea that a woman’s sexuality is something a man defines and owns is something which has permeated many world cultures for centuries. With the exception of specific societies dominated by matriarchies like the Mosuo people of southeast China and Tibet, nations of the “developed” world are almost unanimous in their classification of women as something, not someone. They are either a tool for procreation or wasted human flesh (Virgen/puta dichotomy in many Latin cultures; read ANYTHING by Tennessee Williams, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, or Joanna Russ), refuse to be spat upon or “reused.”
When we achieve equal treatment of men and women under the law, relative to our context as well as contexts around the world, devices that can severely wound a man’s genitals because he was trying to rape a female may not be so necessary because the idea of womanhood will be one of admiration and mutual respect. But until then, anyone is entitled to defend themselves from someone(s) who want to take advantage of a corrupt system of gender classification.
It’s actually quite a revolutionary idea of having the man physically marked by the act, especially immediately after the rape. Usually a victim who cannot obtain reparations through police intervention can do so if she bears a child from the sexual assault. She can then pursue a paternity test. Of course, all this depends on whether or not she knows the piece of shit who did it. Many victims are taken by strangers and don’t get a good enough look at their faces to identify them. With the innovation of the Rapex device, men won’t be able to avoid, at the very least, the distinctive scars from the serrated teeth, much more going to a hospital and establishing a medical record as a rapist.
I assume that Rapex would also greatly encourage women to persecute their victimizers by clearly identifying them with an unprecedented measure of injury. Like Tiffiny had said, a woman’s body will attempt to resist unwanted sexual encounters, and part of that resistance is evident in localized injury to women’s genitalia. This new device would invert this core idea by passing a majority of the injury to the male, which can be considered poetic justice, really: the rapist is consequently injured for his actions.
While it may be extrapolation, passing the burden of injury back to the rapist himself has the potential to change the predator-prey psychology involved in rape as well. The male sexual predator faces potential evisceration of the worst variety; since many men identify as “male” due to the inherent, or modified, size or shape of their penises as well as performance relative to their sense of pleasure, mutilating the member can severely compromise their sense of manliness and, consequently, their understanding of power politics in gender. If women can defend themselves from uninvited sexual encounters, then they cease to be the perpetual victim. Just a thought.
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