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."Read more about this here.
The concept of vagina dentata now has a physical embodiment in this new invention. For those of you who are not familiar with the concept, this is what it means:
The myth of the vagina dentata, or vagina with teeth, derives from primitive masculine dreads of the "mysteries" of women and sexual union. It evokes castration anxiety, whereby the man fears loss of the penis during intercourse, and more generally it relates to fears of weakness, impotence, or annihilation by incorporation (connected to unconscious notions of "returning to the womb").More information and a bibliography on this concept here.
The main objection to this invention is, for now, that it will make women feel constantly as potential victims, which will have dire psychological consequences. I submit, however, that in most places in the world women already feel constantly victimized and that any "psychological damage" this anti-rape condom might inflict on women will be smaller than the damage - both psychological and physical - caused by rape. In war zones, especially, where rape is used as a tool of waging war, this might be a particularly useful thing to have.
I would like to hear what my readers think about this new invention. Do you think it's a good thing? Would it help prevent rape? Would you buy one?