26 November 2007

Your Very Own Personal Torture Device

"In today’s world, maintaining self confidence involves the need
for self protection. For independent, self-reliant women, the TASER®
C2 is an effective protection device that fits any lifestyle."*

"With the TASER® C2, you can have police proven, effective
protection
that is convenient to carry and easy to use. Over
270,000 law enforcement p
rofessionals have come to rely
on TASER devices to protect life."*

So, first you buy an MP3 player for personal entertainment, then a Blackberry for personal organization, then a Taser to zap all those assailants lurking in your mind (planted there, of course, by those who can profit ~ politically or economically ~ from fear). Notice the cross-cutting gender appeals in these two adverts. One is aimed at men worried about protecting a dependent family, the other at independent career women intent on protecting themselves. This is a product for everyone ~ regardless of whether you fear for your "life" or your "lifestyle."

There is one small problem; today The New York Times reports that the United Nations Committee Against Torture has suggested that the use of Tasers constitutes a form of torture. Given that Tasers also are commonly carried by both police and private security forces (e.g., on college campuses) this is an interesting development. (Thanks Jörg!)
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* From: webpage of Taser International.

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