Rape Axe: Bite the Penis that Rapes You

Rape axe is a revolutionary new product designed to literally bite the penis that tries to rape you. This female condom was designed by a woman from South Africa, Dr. Sonnet Ehlers. Dr. Ehlers said that what inspired her to create this product was when she met a rape victim who said “If only I had teeth down there”, to which she promised that someday she would do something to help people like her. This proclamation led to the creation of Rape Axe, which, if it ever becomes available for buying, I think that it would seriously help a lot of people, particularly within war zones.

The actual product works when the woman inserts the female condom into her vagina (it’s inserted much the same way that a tampon is inserted). Once it is secure, if a man’s penis penetrates the vaginal opening sharp barbs latch on to the penis and once he pulls out, the whole Rape Axe is stuck to his penis and cannot be removed by anything but a surgeon without causing great harm. A pretty good virtual video of this can be seen here. My first thought was, wouldn’t this hurt the  woman inserting it? But apparently the way it’s designed maintains that it does not cause any harm to the woman wearing it.

Dr. Ehler’s vision is to be able to identify men who attempt rape because the device cannot be removed from the penis safely without surgical help. Within countries that have effective police enforcement, this device would work very well I think, though with nations who are in a period of war and can’t effectively arrest every man who has this device attached to them (especially since many of the men would be members of the government’s military most likely) this device loses it’s effectiveness.

While this product is not quite up for sale just yet, it has opened up a large discussion on women, war, and rape. There are several articles out there both criticizing and applauding Dr. Ehler’s invention. My views on this product? Genius. I think that not only would these be incredibly useful in war zones, but in everyday life as well. This product would inflict fear within every rapist’s mind every time he thought about violating a woman. I would think that the fear of injury to his penis would be enough to decide against rape, and that’s Dr. Ehler’s thought as well.

It’s no secret that within war zones rape is a very common and powerful tool used by men to humiliate and abuse their enemies. When thinking about this product, I decided looking at a particular country riddled with war and conflict would be the best way of thinking about the usefulness of this product. Within the Democratic Republic of Congo, rape is a very common occurrence and is used by the different militias and government troops (as well as by husbands and other non-war affiliated men). Many different articles have different statistics, which makes sense if you know anything about how many women who experience rape actually report it. I think that if this product was introduced to women in this area, once several men had their junk “bitten”, word would spread and many less men would be tempted to rape and use rape as a tool of war. Dr. Ehler doesn’t think that her device more than likely would make the rapist very angry and may end up injuring or killing the victim. She says,

“No, he is ‘tagged’ and cannot remove Rape-aXe. If he kills or further harms his victim he will be in double trouble.  The possibility that your rapist will kill under normal circumstances is positive; with Rape-aXe he is tagged. Your serial killer, kills up to ten women before the police catch him. This was the answer I got from rapists in prison.”

Which, in a lot of ways makes sense in most circumstances. I’m not sure this is the case as much with war and rape, as I think that men who rape in times of war are just looking to humiliate their enemies and their enemies’ wives, daughters, and sisters and are not necessarily looking to kill them. Being in “double trouble” in areas of conflict doesn’t seem to apply, as men are likely not to be arrested even if they do present themselves in a hospital with this condom latched onto his penis. Within our country, for example, I think this product would be incredibly useful, but for staying on topic’s sake I won’t go into depth as to why. While this product wouldn’t likely get many arrests in the DRC, I do think that it would lower the amount of rapes that happen, and not to mention at least the rapist would end up with a large amount of pain in his nether region. It seems at least a little rewarding to think that if a man is going to try and inflict such pain and humiliation on a woman, he ends up with a large amount of pain and humiliation himself.

Rape Axe has also been criticized as being a “medieval contraption” and a “torture device“. To which she replies,

“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!”

This criticism has apparently been strong enough to keep the sale of Rape Axe out of convenience stores and away from any major commercial sales. When trying to look up where I could purchase Rape Axe on the internet, I didn’t come up with anything promising. I think the thought of women being able to fight back and resist rape has been scary enough for men to prevent this awesome product from coming out.

Why do you think it hasn’t been commercially produced for the public so far? And do you think that this product would benefit women in areas of conflict and war?

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Mich Bouwes
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 07:55:26

    If a sex act results in the woman getting pregnant – it follows that she is the one to prevent it! Why shouldn’t women wear this thing? Rape is not a sexual crime – it is violent. Why do women in their 80s get raped? Why do disabled women get raped? With 8% of rapes being successfully prosecuted (what % is actually REPORTED?), why would women want to bear this scarring for life? How much time and money and resources have been expended to teach men to respect women? This little device should do it! Please tell my why it’s not for sale????

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    • alkothen
      Oct 09, 2012 @ 18:04:27

      I completely agree. Unfortunately we live in a culture that teaches women to be careful about how they dress and where they walk at night and with whom, putting the responsibility of not getting raped solely on the woman as opposed to teaching young boys and men DO NOT RAPE. I think this product is currently not for sale because of the way in which our misogynistic culture works. Frankly, men are afraid that this product will take away their power and use the excuse “what if this is used with malicious intent?”. To that I reply, for every ONE woman who uses it to get back at an ex-boyfriend, there would be thousands of women who it would help.

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  3. conrad
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 16:53:03

    I believe that it’s main success is the awareness it brought to western society about the rape epidemic that South Africa is currently burdened with. I consider this being a sort of last resort for third world countries suffering from this phenomenon since it’s a reacurring issue and could greatly reduce rape, however many will be subjected to even more violent crimes before this could make any sort of dent. Alot of these occurances happen in a group of violent men so even if one gets snagged in this contraption, the others could retaliate and end the victims life. Again, it’s a last resort for a civilization gone astray and it could possibly gain some success, but I’m sure the cost will be high.

    I have also read comments about those who believe this should be accepted in Western countries as well. Now this is where i don’t really see this being a necessity and could even become liability in many ways. There are many different methods that a person can take to protect themselves against an attacker. we have access to tasers, pepper sprays and other forms of legal weapons that can be used to protect an individual in cases of an assault, Not to mention how insanitary this could be creating bacteria within a woman’s reproductive system. Aside from creating bacteria, What about the cases of man slaughter this could insue? let me explain, a girl would wear this inside her most likely all the time since it’s impossible to know exactly when an assault could take place. eventually, she might forget it’s inside of her. she might go out dancing one night, have a few drinks and meet a possible mate. Let’s say consentual sex were to take place and then an incident occurs where she forgets her trap is inside of her. Not only did she physically injure an unsuspecting victim, but she could be faced with legal action, such as manslaughter. That is of course if she decides to bite the bullet and not accuse the man of rape which isn’t that far fetched. Another example could be a girl that is upset or angry at an unfaithful partner and decides to use this as a form of revenge. let’s face it , unfaithfulness isn’t a crime and i’m sure we have all been a victim of this before but that does not excuse us of physically harming someone else. There are also many sadists in our society much like rapists themselves. what could be used to prevent someone who finds sexual arousal in harming others so they take this as an opportunity to do so and then wrongly accuse someone of rape? From many comments that have been posted on the subject, this isn’t very far fetched at all.

    My opinion, teach women to defend themselves using legal weapons that are very affective against possible attackers. Educate individuals on how to prevent situations like being alone in unknown areas where a crime can take place such as clubs, bars and dark allies. Drinking responsibly and staying close to those you trust can really avoid negative encounters and and other dangerous phenomenoms. Letting those you know aware of your absence or where you are going can help others detect if you have eventually gone missing for too long.

    Crime can be reduced but it will never disappear. Fight crime by making the right decisions. Use your intellect as well as a sense of your surroundings. Carry legal weapons such as a taser and or pepper spray for primary reason to defend yourself when faced with danger. I believe that with these actions set in motion it can greatly reduce crimes of assault and rape more effectively than an object made for those in countries like Africa who suffers from a real epidemic. Those are my thought on the matter and I wish you all a safe venture 🙂

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    • Mich Bouwes
      Mar 23, 2013 @ 00:23:34

      Whoohooo, Conrad! “teach women to defend themselves…”, “Educate individuals on how to prevent situations…”? So WOMEN should solve this issue? How long have we been teaching MEN not to rape? How well has that been working for us?

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  4. paulakey stories4hotbloodedlesbians.com
    Feb 17, 2013 @ 20:58:59

    It was invented in 2005, WHY IS IT NOT ON THE MARKET. IN SOUTH AFRICA, WOMEN ARE NOT ONLY RAPED, BUT RAPED AND MURDERED AT THE SAME TIME?

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  5. joseluisugia
    Mar 21, 2013 @ 10:40:03

    A huge congratulations to the inventor, although I’m concerned about the misuse of this “device” in other scenarios that intend intentional harm (revenge, fights, etc)

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  6. Mich Bouwes
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 00:25:47

    Jose, if you’re so concerned about misuse, try foreplay….

    Reply

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