What do you think of that one? Personally I'm not sure I'd want to be wearing a switchblade in my vagina, but then that's just me! My question here is: if it chops anything that touches it, how do you get the thing out without losing a finger?
------------------ "Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell." ~Joan Crawford
Rape as "instinct"? What bogus crap. Even if I believed that ALL of our sexuality derived from things that were either genetic or evolutionarily hardwired into us (and I absolutely don't), I would still say that the difference between instinct and humanity is free will. And if anyone's gonna argue that men don't have free will, then I expect to see them all lining up for instructions from ME in the morning. Clearly, if they have no will of their own, no ability to make decisions, someone has to tell them what to do.
And that killer tampon idea makes me cringe all the more. Welcome to 2001, here's your internally-worn chastity belt? No thanks.
Besides, for an internally-worn "killer tampon" to do any good, the rapist has to actually put his penis (or finger) into a woman's vagina... which means she gets raped ANYWAY, and then ends up with the guy's blood and dismembered penis bits inside her body. Some bargain. And oh, ever-so-safe in terms of HIV transmission. (What kind of medieval butthead thought this up?) Not to mention that many rapes do not include vaginal penetration: forced oral or anal sex is still rape, and a "killer tampon" ain't gonna do you a bit of good in those situations either.
As for what rapists look for: statistically, rapists look for people they can threaten and intimidate. Rapists come in all shapes and sizes AND SEXES. So do rape victims.
That said, if you feel like someone is being threatening, engaging them before they engage you -- like asking the time, or something -- can be helpful. If you are assertive, you are less likely to be perceived as someone that person can intimidate.
This is inane, especially coming from a country with such outrageous HIV stats.
Rapists aren't getting off on intercourse. They're getting off on P O W E R and control and intimidation. If it was about sex and intercourse, then I'd like someone to explain to me why my 72-year-old great-grandmother was raped, because while she was a lovely individual, I wouldn't exactly describe her as a sex bomb at that point. And as an aside, "resiting" rape does not "damage a woman internally." But gee gosh golly, a stiletto in her vagina just might cause some, dontcha think?
And the psychological damage caused by rape really isn't about penetration: it's about being victimized.
...and lastly, I shudder to think of what a rapist would do to a woman who severed his penis, especially since nipping off some of a penis isn't immobilizing.
Have any of you read Neal Stephenson's cyberpunk science fiction book "Snow Crash"? The female protagonist, YT, wears something a lot like that, except instead of an actual razor-blade type thing, it was a little needle loaded with a drug to knock the rapist out. It was called the "dentata," presumably after "vagina dentata," or toothy vagina, the fear some men have of, well, toothy vaginas that will eat their members if they have intercourse. After I read the book I got on-line and poked around, trying to find out if anything like the dentata actually existed, but with no results. I guess now it might though.
I've been trying, and I can't imagine a situation where I would want to use such a thing... I'm pretty selective about what goes up in there, and sharp blades just aren't on the list. Just sounds like a bad idea! Still, I must admit, it seems like an inevitable idea, and I'm surprised if this is the first time someone's tried to make such a thing. I'll also be surprised if there's no market for it. It'll probably end up maiming some innocent people, but so does most of the technology we come up with, so I really can't bring myself to worry about it too much. Honestly, I think it's kind of amusing.
There's a movie called "Killer Condom," by the way. I think it's based on a comic book. I haven't actually seen it, but apparently it's a sort of murder-mystery about guys in New York city who were killed, by, uh, a toothy condom.
As a lover of the strange and unsual, I've seen Killer Condom.
Its truly bizarre. I recommend it to anyone with a perverted taste to their humour.
As to the Killer Tampon, all I can suggest is some form of actual physical defence. Even chemical spray is a deterrent, if you're prepared. Or a knee to the crotch is likely to reduce the ardour of even the most serious rapist.
Further, given the frequency of date-rape, I'd question the value of this device. Would you wear it when going on a date?
If people want to protect themselves, take a self-defense class. Take aikido or judo. Learn to run. Learn how to be street-smart. But of course, doing that would empower third world women in other ways, so gee, that'd be totally unacceptable, now wouldn't it?
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