The Sexist

Anti-Rape Device or Vagina Spaceship?

Today, anti-rape activists are hard at work in the schools, the clinics, the courts, and the media, in an attempt to help prevent rape. But over the years, some anti-rape inventors have proposed an alternative to education and awareness—why not work to prevent rape from inside the vagina? Here's how it works—women just don't use their vaginas, ever! Instead of penises, women are instructed to fill their cavities with razor blades, screws, hypodermic syringes, webbed nets, air bags, poisons, and sophisticated microcomputers. Below, a retrospective of the anti-rape device.

1976: "This invention relates to inserts for use within the vagina of a woman for the harming of a man who may insert a penis into the vagina of the woman. This invention represents improvements in such inserts and it provides more efficient means to lock on the penis and to lacerate the locked on penis."

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Pros: Claims to be an improvement on previous penis weapons stored within the vagina.

Cons: Improves upon penis weapons stored within the vagina by locking onto the penis you don't want inside you.

1977: "An anti-rape device adapted to be inserted into the vaginal cavity of a human female, comprising a base member, elongated penis penetrating means attached to the base member to project outwardly toward the mouth of the vaginal cavity when the device is operationally positioned within the vaginal cavity of a human female, and retractable means normally surrounding said elongated penis penetrating means to protect the walls of the vaginal cavity from contacting said penis penetrating means, said retractable means being adapted to be retracted upon penetration of the vaginal cavity by a male penis to permit penetration of the penis by said penis penetrating means."

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Pros: At least attempts to "protect the walls of the vaginal cavity" from the penis weapon.

Cons: Where does the tampon go? What if I have to pee? How do I explain this to my consensual sex partner? "Will you excuse my while I slip into something less likely to elongate from my vaginal opening to irreversibly damage your genitalia?"

1978: "An anti-rape defensive weapon is provided comprising a barbed shank similar to a fish-hook barb carried in a barrel like hand grip arranged to expose the barbed shank when the device is pressed against the flesh of an assailant."antirape9bantirape9c

Pros: Does not go into your vagina; "is not illegal to carry because it does not meet the description of a lethal weapon."

Cons: So, this anti-rape device works by not stuffing a barbed shank inside a vagina? I'm . . . not exactly following.

1979: "An anti-rape device having a hollow housing adapted to be worn within a human vagina. The housing has a front opening and contains a hypodermic syringe having a volume of rape-deterring fluid and a needle facing and aligned with the front opening."

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Pros: It's . . . elaborate.

Cons: Seriously, what woman would consent to putting a hypodermic needle inside her vagina? Is her dad making her do this? If so, she should tell a trusted friend, because she should not have to be doing this. Also, couldn't we put this rape-deterring fluid technology to use somewhere else? Like in a handbag?

1983: "An anti-rape device is adapted to be worn in the vaginal cavity of a female. The device comprises a hollow housing with adhesive means on the interior of the housing to adhere to any rapist and an irritant-containing pouch positioned within the housing which ruptures upon forceful contact with the rapist. The adhesive means ensures the device will adhere to the rapist thereby causing continued discomfort."

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Pros: It's like a science experiment in your vagina!

Cons: I'm no scientist.

1993: "A rape prevention device including a belt adapted to encircle the waist of a wearer and a shield portion extending through the legs and crotch of the wearer from a rear region of the belt to a front region of the belt. The shield portion includes a plurality of shield segments adapted to cover the genitalia of the wearer."

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Pros: Again, not technically insode the vagina.

Cons: Just a chastity belt.

1997: "A female security device placed within a vaginal cavity to protect and minimize physical damage caused by physical sexual intercourse. The female security device includes a cylindrical housing including a first open end and a second closed end. The second closed end is inserted deeper within the vaginal cavity than the first open end and an inner surface of the cylindrical housing is able to absorb any fluid dispensed therein. Pressure sensors are positioned there- around for sensing contractions in walls of the vaginal cavity and a pressure sensor is positioned therein for sensing pressure caused by insertion of an object into the cylindrical cavity. A needle is positioned to extend into the cylindrical cavity for contacting the object inserted therein and retaining a tissue sample of the object. A microcomputer is connected to the external and internal sensors for determining when an object has been inserted therein and a reservoir is connected for releasing an identification dye to discolor the object upon making such a determination. Furthermore, the needle is able to inject a tissue irritant into the object upon contact therewith and thus cause an irritation to form. An auditory recorder may also be connected to the microcomputer and activated upon a determination that an object has been inserted therein for recording all sounds occurring during the sexual intercourse and a vibrating ring may be activated at that time to notify the user that the device has been activated."

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Pros: Pressure sensors? Check. Microcomputer? Check. Airbag? Check. Tissue irritant? Check. Auditory recorder? Check. Vibrating ring which alerts you that your vagina has  been breached, in case you didn't notice? Check.

Cons: Not for the woman unequipped to land a spaceship into her vagina.

  • jules

    uhmm. What about anal rape? And why should we all go around assuming we're going to be raped? These questions aren't even the tip of the iceberg. As usual, so wrong, so many reasons.

  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/sexist Amanda Hess

    Good point. Once you've got one hypodermic needle stored in your body, what's one more?

  • Q™

    Eeek! Just the schematics alone should cause ANY man to think twice. Rather than call this an abuse of technology, these types of devices would probably be more prevalent in countries where their rape/sexual assault laws are not stringent. No where in the schematics did I read anything about STD prevention or Birth Control. Did I overlook something?

  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/sexist Amanda Hess

    Q, by the time the airbag has deployed, the razor blade has extended, and the identifying dye has marked the penis, I'm fairly sure that insemination and infection have been made next to impossible. Though it's possible that hypodermic needle samples will be sent into the lab, anyway.

  • Dave

    Oh my. What are the dimensions on that last device? That's a lot of equipment for a device that also houses an erect penis.

  • kza

    I'm making one for anal rape and selling it in prison. White Power Bill watch out!

  • the annoying guy

    so now prior to penetration expect an object of opportunity shoved inside you .. somthing to get that thing out I.E. a stick a magnet a remote somthing to move it further in or take it out

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  • Robyn

    The 1978 device was on The X-Files. You kill aliens by jamming it into their cervical vertebrae.

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