I just read an interesting article about an invention that supposedly protects women against rape by hooking onto a man’s penis. Woman can wear the anti-rape female condom in their vagina (like a tampon), and it has sharp inward-facing plastic barbs that become attached to the penis of any rapists.
The anti-rape condom has some advantages. For one, it would cause the rapist pain which would give the victim a chance to escape. Additionally, knowing that some women have these anti-rape condoms would probably deter many would-be rapists. Also, since the condoms can only be removed surgically, hospitals can work with police to catch rapists.
Some critics call the device cruel, and claim that it simply acts as a form of brutal revenge. Additionally, they point out that a malicious woman could use the device to hurt an innocent man.
The way I see it, if a woman wants to hurt an innocent man that badly, she can do it with or without this device. For that reason, the risk of misuse does not give a reason to keep the device from over-the-counter availability.
However, the device does seem very brutal to me. I cringe just thinking about it. Despite its brutality, I think I might want to see the device or something similar put into use. I prefer rapists to get brutally hurt than for their victims to get raped.
What do you think?