In China, some women are fighting back against harassment with an unconventional weapon: “Anti-Pervert” flame-throwers. As summer heats up, these fiery devices are making waves, with prices starting at $13. While marketed as non-lethal tools, authorities view them as illegal, even barring their postal delivery. Despite legal concerns, online sales are ablaze, promoting empowerment with slogans like “Become an anti-terror SWAT.”

However, safety worries sizzle too, as accidental ignition in handbags raises concerns. This fiery response raises a poignant question: how absurd is it that society has turned to wielding flames as a defense against unacceptable behavior?

China Now Selling “Anti-Pervert” Flame-Throwers to Women