Yes, most of the news from South Africa these days is about the World Cup– admittedly, I have been following. S has been amused that for once the US is interested in soccer even if those cheering at the bar yesterday (US vs. Ghana) clearly did not know our players names or, often, the rules of the game. Still, it is exciting that Americans car at all.
However, today, I want to talk about another piece of news from South Africa: the rape condom. Have no idea what I am talking about? Here it is:
Still not clear? Here is what the BBC had to say:
Dr Sonnette Ehlers spent 40 years and over 1m rand ($135,000) developing the Rape-aXe, a female condom with ‘teeth’.
She sold her house and car to fund the project.
According to Human Rights Watch, South Africa has one of the highest rates of rape in the world.
Click on the link to hear a short piece. Still confused? Basically, this female condom has teeth. If a man has sex with a woman while she is wearing it, the teeth within the condom latch on to his penis, making it impossible to urinate or flee. The doctor also says that any attempts at removal will result in the condom latching on even tighter.
So, what do you think?
My first thought was to wonder if this puts the woman at risk of being killed. My second thought is that it is unlikely to attack an innocent man. Don’t rape, don’t have your penis caught in this contraption. My final thought was about how systemic rape is in South Africa and how sad it is that increased rape and prostitution go hand in hand with the World Cup (and Olympics and conventions of political parties in the US and so many other events).