Chillin’ in Baltimore with Rachel’s cat. Feminist BBQ time is nigh.
My crush on Kim and Suzy is so gross.
An early prototypical anti-rape female tampon was invented in late 2000 by Jaap Haumann, a South African man, for the purpose of preventing rape. Haumann’s device was designed to resemble a tampon for ease of insertion, and consisted of a hard cylindrical plastic core containing a tensioned spring blade primed to slice when pressed against by the tip of a penis. Following activation, a portion of the tip of the penis would be removed, in effect performing a minor penectomy.
An anti-rape female condom using a different design was invented by Sonnet Ehlers, a South African woman. Ehlers was motivated to create it while working as a blood technician with the South African Blood Transfusion Service, during which time she met many rape victims. Ehler mentioned that she was inspired to create RAPEX (later renamed to Rape-aXe) when a patient who had been raped stated, “If only I had teeth down there,” suggesting the myth of the vagina dentata. Initially called RapeX, the name was changed in 2006 upon discovering that RAPEX is also an EU warning system against dangerous goods on the market.
The Rape-aXe is a latex sheath embedded with shafts of sharp, inward-facing barbs that would be worn by a woman in her vagina like a female condom. If an attacker were to attempt vaginal rape, his penis would enter the latex sheath and be snagged by the barbs, causing the attacker excruciating pain during withdrawal and giving the victim time to escape. The condom would remain attached to the attacker’s body when he withdrew and could only be removed surgically, which would alert hospital staff and police. Like most condoms, Rape-aXe also usually prevents pregnancy and the transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted Infections.
Rape-aXe was unveiled on August 31, 2005 in South Africa. Although media coverage at the time implied that mass production was due to begin in April 2007, the device has never been marketed to the public and it remains unclear whether the product will ever be available for purchase.
“I have been accused of all sorts, my all-time favourite though is that I am the inventor of a most medieval device… my response, quite frankly is that a medieval deed deserves a medieval consequence. It’s the twenty first century, man has supposedly evolved into a more civilised being… yet rape statistics are on the rise! Child and infant rape has increased 400% over the last decade!
My second favourite criticism comes from Victoria Kaija, from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Uganda. She refers to my invention as a form of ‘enslavement’. Apparently wearing the device, according to Victoria, is a constant reminder, to women, of their vulnerability. My aim with the device is to empower women and promote gender equality. If men can use their bodies – their manhood, as a weapon of attack – well then it’s time for women to do the same! The fear and vulnerability that I saw in the tear-filled eyes of a rape victim is what drove me to begin my action against rape. “If only I had teeth down there,” were the words of this victim, and that was the prompt towards the development of Rape-aXe.”
We need to talk about this.
i mean there’s obviously cissexism here but good
Yes, I meant to note that, thank you.
the thought that i will be going on to and off of meds and making all sorts of compromises just so that i can leave my house without losing my shit for the rest of my life keeps me up at night
Ugh I am sorry. On a good day (no extra pain or anxiety or spasms) I take 17 prescription pills at various times, plus supplements like magnesium and stuff, but I find it better than the alternative: killing myself and/or ending up homeless and paralysed in pain. I know it’s not as simple as that for others, plus the issues of finding the right combination of medications, dealing with side effects, and paying for the fucking stuff. If you ever want to talk, I am around. I think it’s good we’re talking on tumblr about it, too.
UGH :(( i hated neurontin so hard b/c of the memory thing. it was like being really stoned (which i hate anyway) hearing my own thoughts across a lake but not being able to spit them out.
So many hours of painfully trying to explain to people why I can’t remember the name of one of my closest friends without giving them my entire medical history. Also, if anyone recalls my recent posts about hearing voices, bells, whispers, etc., turns out auditory hallucinations are another side effect, triggered by recently doubling my dose.
Still so worth it to me though, I’d be dead or worse without it. Maybe when I don’t have to murder my days away at The Woman to pay off my medical bills I can try and taper off to see if I have any brain left. The few times I’ve gone off due to forgetting refills (wonder why?) I’ve been pretty fucking sick though.
I hope you’ve found something that works for you, ophie!
ha what i mean is i’m actually really reassured to read this… it triggered my irritability/self-hate so hard that i literally got catatonic. &yet could’ve been cool if combined w/ the confidence to experience the whole thing as a talking strike.
I like how talking strike is one of those terms that means its own opposite. I guess strike in general is one.
Bill and Hillary Clinton, 1970s.
They really could be WUO by this photo