The myth of the vagina dentata - vagina with teeth - has proved strangely compelling down the centuries, but who would have thought it would become real? Later this month, South African women will be able to arm their vaginas with the Rapex device, a product priced at 1 rand around 7p and sold over the counter. Shaped like a female condom and worn internally, its hollow interior is lined with 25 razor-sharp teeth, which fasten on to an attacker's penis if he attempts penetration.
The first time director and writer Mitchell Lichtenstein heard of the mythic "vagina dentata" - toothed vagina - was in a Bennington College class taught by social critic and feminist Camille Paglia. When he sat down to write his first feature film, Lichtenstein researched that fearsome monster. The resulting film, "Teeth," premiered to great buzz at the Sundance Film Festival last year.
Well, I suppose this is meant to be appetizing. Oh, just gross. What is that thing?
Dawn has Vagina Dentata: genital teeth that cause men who enter her without consent end up viciously emasculated. Dawn is the head of her chastity group at school as well as a devout Christian. She guards her sexuality carefully, at first unaware of her built in defenses.
Stories of the mythical vagina dentata Latin for toothed vagina exist in virtually every culture. While many of these tales are cautionary for men to beware where they put their dicks lest they lose them, other and far more disturbing versions involve non-consensual penetration of women in order to remove said teeth. Men's fears of castration compounded by an inherited cultural belief of sexual entitlement function as foundational pillars of masculinity, and patriarchies respond by attempting to control women's "dangerous" sexualities and bodies.
Sign in. R 94 min Comedy, Fantasy, Horror. Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a physical advantage when she becomes the object of male violence.
Vagina dentata Latin for toothed vagina describes a folk tale in which a woman's vagina is said to contain teeth, with the associated implication that sexual intercourse might result in injury, emasculationor castration for the man involved. The topic of "vagina dentata" may also cover a rare medical condition affecting the vagina, in which case it is more accurately termed a vaginal dermoid cyst. Such folk stories are frequently told as cautionary tales warning of the dangers of unknown women and to discourage rape.
Her body is depicted as a site of transformation and mystery, as she uncovers each nook and cranny throughout childhood and adolescence. Each body part matches with its own distinct, labeled hypertext pointing to that particular part. I began inserting the pages of books into my vagina as soon as I located that orifice … I was in the habit of tearing off the corners of pages as I read and chewing them into pulp.