first_img Sexual harassment and molestation are huge problems the world over, but women in China are not fucking around. They have started purchasing portable flame throwers en masse as a creep defense. These devices can hit thousands of degrees and belch flames up to 20 feet. They aren’t too expensive, either — running between $10 and $40.These are pitched as necessities for protection. “No matter where we stand, we can protect [ourselves” one advert reads. Obviously these can do some serious damage, potentially leaving permanent scars, but clearly, the problem is bad enough to warrant extreme measures.According to the Telegraph, one vendor told the Beijing Youth Daily that they “can leave a permanent scar, but are a legal, non-lethal tool. Not a weapon.”That line does somewhat conflict with other marketing messages, however. “At that crucial moment, could… become an anti-terror SWAT,” one site reads.Manufacturers claim they are largely responding to demand. As summer began in China, sexual harassment complaints peaked. Women wanted more and more ways to defend themselves after other methods proved ineffective for dissuasion. So, now flame-throwers are a thing.But, while I have no doubt that the issue is bad enough to warrant miniaturized flamethrowers, it’s also worth noting that these things aren’t exactly safe for the user, either. It’s the old lightsaber problem. Yeah, you’re now wielding something pretty ferocious, but if you’re not real careful, you could set yourself on fire, too. And that’s not to mention the issues people have while carrying them around. The switches could go off accidentally — lighting the user on fire.I won’t try to tell people not to do something that makes them feel safe, but considering risk is important. Plus, Chinese officials say that it is illegal to send these things through post — which many online shops have been doing. It’s possible, then, that they might not be available for long. So if you’re gonna get one… probably do it now.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target China’s First Cloned Kitten Created By Beijing-Based CompanyWatch: Monkey Uses Rock to Shatter Glass Enclosure at China Zoo last_img