Monthly Archives: June 2010

'Anti-rape' condom

A South African doctor has developed a condom for women to wear as protection in case they’re raped. The delightfully-named Rape-aXe condom is fitted with special ‘teeth’ designed to grip on to an assailants penis. Once attached, only a doctor can remove it.

Now I’m all for rapists being punished for their crime, but some things concern me about this condom.

Firstly, will a woman be expected to wear the Rape-aXe at all times on the off chance that she might be raped? Imagine the psychological effect this could have, half expecting that she could be assaulted at any time. Alternatively, it could give her a false sense of security.

Secondly, the ‘successful’ application of the condom could lead to further violence being inflicted upon the woman once it is attached to her assailant – he will, perhaps, be in pain and possibly panicked and more than a little angry. I know – stiff shit, he deserves it. I’m just saying that a rapist will not just shrug his shoulders, apologise and toddle off to the nearest doctor; any person who commits a rape is clearly not in his right mind to start with.

Thirdly, if a woman is raped and she is not wearing the Rape-aXe, whether she forgot or deliberately chose not to wear it, would she then be viewed as somehow ‘inviting’ the attack by not taking propert precautions to protect herself? Think of the accusations levelled against many victims that they were ‘asking for it’ simply by dressing a certain way. It’s completely unjustified but it happens.

Apparently the doctor asked convicted rapists whether, if something like the Rape-aXe condom had existed at the time they’d committed their crime, they would’ve reconsidered their actions. Only some of them said they would. While it’s a worry that apparently the rest don’t seem to have been too bothered about having a toothy condom attached to their dicks, what I find more concerning is that the question implies the reason why guys (I hesitate to call these people ‘men’) should not rape is for fear that they might themselves get hurt.

This brings me to my last concern. Devices like the Rape-aXe condom do not address the heart of the matter – the sooner males guys learn to keep their cocks to themselves (unless invited otherwise) and get it into their heads that rape is not on, under any circumstances, the better off we’ll all be. I applaud the doctor’s ingenuity and desire to make a difference, I’m just not convinced that she’s on the right track.

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At Pike St. Market

Fish fly through the air,
from one set of hands to another.

“Hup!” goes the cry and cameras flash,
tourists jostling with shoppers.

“Yes, ma’am? Swordfish? How many?
Joe! Two fillets swordfish!”

“Hup!”

Flash. Wrap in newspaper. “Next!”

A large catfish lies on a mound of ice,
dull eyes watching. It draws the kids closer,
daring them to touch. Then
it jerks and the kids squeal.

A fishmonger drops a string
and they all laugh.

A few more kids will dream
of jumping ugly fish tonight.

I know I’m not the smartest person in the world,

but don’t speak to me like I’m a fucking idiot.

My love is not always that forgiving.

A look inside Chinese fur farms

Warning: this video is very graphic.

What I wouldn’t give to see these Chinese fuckholes skinned alive, to see the fear in their eyes, to hear their screams of pain. If you want the fur, fine; but at least kill the animals humanely first. I’m generally not a big fan of PETA (they can be a bit psycho), but I really hope they can do something about this bullshit. I don’t want to sound all preachy, but send this to your politicians, your news crews, your vigilantes, and help end this cruelty.

From the website:

“When undercover investigators made their way onto Chinese fur farms, they found that many animals are still alive and struggling desperately when workers flip them onto their backs or hang them up by their legs or tails to skin them.

When workers on these farms begin to cut the skin and fur from an animal’s leg, the free limbs kick and writhe. Workers stomp on the necks and heads of animals who struggle too hard to allow a clean cut. When the fur is finally peeled off over the animals’ heads, their naked, bloody bodies are thrown onto a pile of those who have gone before them. Some are still alive, breathing in ragged gasps and blinking slowly. Some of the animals’ hearts are still beating five to 10 minutes after they are skinned. One investigator recorded a skinned raccoon dog on the heap of carcasses who had enough strength to lift his bloodied head and stare into the camera.

Before they are skinned alive, animals are pulled from their cages and thrown to the ground; workers bludgeon them with metal rods or slam them on hard surfaces, causing broken bones and convulsions but not always immediate death.”

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What ever happened to?

The Mutton Birds

Formed in New Zealand in 1991 by Don McGlashan, Ross Burge and David Long, the band released 3 albums (along with a couple of live albums and a collection of “B-sides and Bastards”) before they disbanded in 2002. They released some great songs, including ‘Dominion Road’, ‘Your Window’, ‘Wellington’, ‘Along the Boundary’, ‘Pulled Along By Love’, Goodbye Drug’, and a pretty good cover of ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’. Unfortunately, the band didn’t receive much notice or success outside New Zealand and Australia, despite a late-career move to the UK. Check them out; they deserve not to be forgotten.

More information can be found on these sites:

http://www.areligionofakind.co.uk/

http://bit.ly/bangdZ

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mutton_Birds