Monday, June 21, 2010

Once bitten, twice shy?

So, I saw this on Greta's blog today.

It's an article about a woman who developed a "female condom with teeth" to help prevent rape, mainly in places like South Africa where rape is so rampant that it's pretty much just a normal way of daily life.

Click the link and read the article. I'll wait.


O.K., so what surprised me were the people who oppose it. What? I think the inventor should win a Nobel Prize for this. All the Nobel Prizes. Science, literature, peace, whatever. She deserves them all.

Sure, I agree that it doesn't solve the problem. Ideally, someone would find a way to stop men from raping women and young girls. But considering it's been going on for a couple thousand years and no one has yet to stop it, I'd say this is a pretty good deterrent in the meantime.

And of course the woman will still suffer psychological trauma and possible injury from violence, but she won't have to add to it pregnancy or disease.

And most importantly, it greatly increases the chances that the assailant will be prosecuted, and from all I've read, justice seems to be a major factor in the woman's healing process.

Honestly, I don't understand why anyone (with the exception of rapists) would oppose this.

If I were rich, I'd fund this so they could always be available for free.

What do you think?

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