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Why waste time whingeing about rape when you could be wearing AR-Wear™? (Warning: not a parody.)

Ladies, have you ever been on a first date and thought, “I’d feel much more confident about this situation if I were wearing a lycra chastity belt”?

Well here’s some good news!

A crowdfunding campaign is underway to get a range of “anti-rape” garments — cannily titled ‘AR-Wear’ — onto the market. It basically amounts to a pair of snug-fitting shorts with lockable panels around the waist, thighs and, uh, “central areas”. In the event of an attempted rape, your attacker won’t be able to take your shorts off without a significant amount of work — and, I suppose, will just get frustrated and walk off to find another victim in a tight-fitting bandage dress who didn’t think ahead.

The video looks like a promo for a messed-up lingerie party, wherein a bunch of skinny girls pivot-turn while others yank at their shorts and go at the fabric with scissors.

It’s all very scientific, and aimed at increasing “feminine impowerment [sic]” — because, as the narrator explains, “Studies show that resisting sexual assault lessens the chance of a rape taking place without increasing  the violence of attack.”

Except that, no. That’s not true. Women don’t get raped because they didn’t fight back hard enough, or because they were wearing the wrong running shorts. In a world where 13-year-old rape victims are asked in court about how much they drank or how long their skirt was, now the judge can add another question: “Young lady, were you aware that anti-rape wear is now available to purchase?” (Also, given that AR-Wear is allegedly easy for the wearer to take-off, I guess the designers didn’t consider that a rapist could just, you know, ask them to?)

In AR-Wear’s defence, they do acknowledge that the real cause of rape is the rapist, not the victim’s undergarments: “Only by raising awareness and education, as well as bringing rapists to justice, can we all hope to eventually accomplish the goal of eliminating rape as a threat to both women and men,” reads the site. “Meanwhile, as long as sexual predators continue to populate our world, AR Wear would like to provide products to women and girls that will offer better protection against some attempted rapes while the work of changing society’s rape culture moves forward.”

And yet in offering rape-proof clothes, AR-Wear is still perpetuating the myth that women can and should take steps to avoid assault. With products like this being marketed at women, a world without rape is a little further away. But obviously I’m in the minority here: they’ve raised US$19,000 so far.

If I invented something called a Penis Key, which only lets penises be used by others who know the password, would you guys donate to that instead?

 

Comments

Comments

  1. N a t a s h a says:

    “We believe this product will give women additional power to control what happens to their bodies in case they are assaulted”. Holy shit, this sounds exactly how I’d imagine a parody would sound.

    Also, how easy is it to get these off in case of an urgent need to pee. Asking for a friend…

  2. Eliza Cussen says:

    That’s what I thought too, Natasha! The last thing I need after a few ciders is knickers with a combination lock.

  3. N a t a s h a says:

    I would just resign myself to being covered in wee whilst wearing these “AR” pants…

  4. furer says:

    disagree

  5. Harry Wynter says:

    I can’t find the Penis Key on Pozible – do you have a link?

  6. Eliza Cussen says:

    Just waiting to find someone willing to get the prototype implanted.

  7. Harry Wynter says:

    sure – [email protected] – how many will I need?

  8. Eliza Cussen says:

    One per penis.

  9. Steph Harmon says:

    whoops! shut it down, everyone!

  10. Steph Harmon says:

    Also I am pretty sure that someone violent enough to rape isn’t going to be gently tugging at these pants. Ouch.

  11. Kandice says:

    hey! rape is funny to joke about….

  12. Eliza Cussen says:

    Kandice, I hope you’ll find that the object of every joke is AR-Wear, not rape itself.

  13. Kandice says:

    That is true, but that fact that people are mocking a company who is trying to prevent such a terrible thing from happening is in bad taste. I mean don’t get me wrong, I could see why you would…but at the same time, lets be sensitive to the fact that they are trying to do something to prevent this. The inventor of this product has probably lived through this or knows someone who has.

  14. Kandice says:

    However, I do totally agree with your judge comment…we need to vote and put more women in office.

  15. Eliza Cussen says:

    That’s a really good point, we do need to recognise their good intentions (though let’s not forget this is their business too). But overall, I feel there’s a naivety and a lack of critical thinking that plays into the hands of rape culture. And, speaking purely for myself, I’d be concerned that all AR-Wear would do is make my rapist angry.

  16. Kandice says:

    Very true!

  17. Guest says:

    what if the guy cut a hole directly on the pant? he could still do the thing…

  18. Mandy says:

    Eliza, you obviously haven’t been raped have you? I have, twice. On both occasions these AR pants would have prevented me being raped. Rapists aren’t always violent. Mine would have hated to think of themselves as violent, so they could somehow still believe it was voluntarily. They were just very very pushy and forceful, ignoring my no’s and my pushing them away. Would I have been wearing these AR pants, they would have had to become quite violent, and that’s a boundary not everyone is willing to cross. As a rape victim, I applaud this idea, would buy. But by no means am I denying that the problem is the rapists themselves and the culture involved. We’ll keep working on the real causes. In the meantime, I’d happily wear these AR pants.

  19. Mandy says:

    Watch the video; he can’t.

  20. Eliza Cussen says:

    Hi Mandy, that’s awful, I’m so sorry that happened to you. Twice. And thanks for bringing the personal experience in to this discussion. You’re right, I’m not a rape victim. Obviously the psychology and criminology of rape are too complex for a writer like me to do justice. Of course victims play the what-if game and I can see how, in very particular circumstances, AR-Wear could be of benefit. But for me, the risk of them provoking my attacker to be more violent outweighs that potential benefit. But if AR-Wear would help you go about your life with less fear then I’m all for it being on the market as a temporary solution to the horrific problem which is our society’s tolerance of rape. Thanks again.

  21. Oh yes. The rapist will go ‘Damn, can’t get the undies off, I’ll just go grab a beer with my mates’. Wouldn’t hold a knife to the woman’s face and demand she takes them off, or orally rape her, or just punch the shit out of her. Because rapists are totally polite. Dear god.

  22. Eliza Cussen says:

    And rapists are always strangers. No one has ever been raped by someone she knows.

  23. Oh totally. But if women WERE raped by men they know, they could just wear the special undies all the time. Even in the shower!

  24. Eliza Cussen says:

    Constant scissor-proof vigilance.

  25. Amelia says:

    I genuinely thought this was a joke…

  26. Cindy says:

    This is stupid and sexist! Healthier women don’t get raped? or rapists don’t carry a weapon? I think you girls should get an education and help build America again.

  27. Tomtamtim says:

    i feel like the design mechanism shouldn’t be flaunted online..

  28. Amber W says:

    and for those of us who are bigger than a size 8, well us fat chicks don’t matter so it seem’s..story of my life..

  29. Guest says:

    People in this world are so stupid! They complain when something bad happens on the news and they complain when good people try to invent something that could work!! No wonder our world is so fucked up!! Go AR-WEAR!! Thank you so much for trying!!

  30. Sabrina Petrini says:

    People in this world are so stupid! They complain when something bad happens on the news and they complain when good people try to invent something that could work!! No wonder our world is so fucked up!! Go AR-WEAR!! Thank you so much for trying!! #peace

  31. Sarah says:

    It’s not perfect, but I think people are being a bit harsh. In regards to “now the judge can add another question”… I understand what they mean, but just because some screwed up judges decide to add that to their list of questions doesn’t mean we should completely ignore an extra line of defense to keep ourselves safe. That’s a losing battle. If we stop defending ourselves so the judges stop asking what we didn’t do to prevent the rape – 1) more people at that point will probably get raped, and 2) the questions won’t go away and we’ll keep being blamed. It’s a lose/lose.

    Of course, I’m not saying it’s the victims fault if they aren’t able to defend themselves and fight off their attacker. I’m speaking as a victim and I’ve had plenty of people ask me “Why didn’t you just fight him off?” Well, there was no time to think. My attack was so quick, these fancy undies would have helped significantly. These would have given me a chance to think, and a chance to get the hell out of that situation. I know that wouldn’t be the case with everyone, not everyone would be able to just walk away, but for those of us who could – it gives us a chance.

    For right now we have to defend ourselves against rapists, and screwy courts. But the goal is that one day, when we can finally get the judges/courts to not blame the victims, and rapists are properly punished for their crimes – then rapes will finally lower, and we won’t have to keep inventing new ways to defend ourselves.

  32. Jim Pivonka says:

    Eliza, I think that Mandy’s comment nails it; it’s more fact and experience based than all the others combined. I’m an older white male (75); I’ve seen enough, I would wish much less, over the years to believe her assessment is the correct one. This kind of protection can and will be very effective against some date rape. Many non violent date rapists will be deterred. I really doubt that the presence of a passive barrier of this kind will cause a rapist willing to use force to become more violent, or to use greater force, or more likely to injure the victim.

  33. dontromanticizethepast says:

    I really appreciate this comment. In general, the discussion of rape has taken a positive turn away from blaming the victims, but perhaps has taken the idea too far. Now it seems like any attempt to take precautions or responsibility gets called “slut-shaming”, when it’s really about being smart and taking responsibility to minimize risk.

  34. Jena McCormick says:

    actually I think this DOES look amazing. I would totally buy this product and recommend it to ALL of my friends especially the ones who are bartenders,waitresses or enjoy going to concerts, raves, and parties and such! and yes this seems like the perfect thing to wear on a first date especially if you live in a big city. or for those of you that like to go out looking like Miley Cyrus and shit ;) it’s exactly what they say it is a DETERRENT, will it prevent every rape?(do condoms and birthcontrol ALWAYS prevent babies?) no. but it would prevent ALOT of them. think about girls going off to college walking across campus alone, or getting roofied at a party that shit happens ALL the time and something like this would be the perfect secret weapon! and it sounds to me like your biggest point here Eliza was that the garment would just piss the rapist off.well what are you suggesting exactly? just lay there,let it happen and hope they don’t beat the shit out of you or kill you as areward for bieng a good little girl?! mind blowing. In fact i’m pretty surprised Oprah or Tyra Banks hasn’t invested in this. these people are doing something AMAZING. shame on you for making fun of it.

  35. Joel de Fandino says:

    Eliza,
    Amazing this sould be for everyone including children!!!!!

  36. Eliza Cussen says:

    Take precautions, sure. But that does not mean women have the responsibility to try and prevent attacks on them. It’s a subtle, but vital distinction.

  37. Eliza Cussen says:

    This is an Australian site, but I agree that Australia could do with a little rebuilding too. Thanks for your comment.

  38. Matthew Tanous says:

    “And yet in offering rape-proof clothes, AR-Wear is still perpetuating the myth that women can and should take steps to avoid assault”

    If I say that one should avoid seedy areas where muggers are common in an attempt to reduce the risk of being mugged, am I blaming the victim? There’s blaming the victim, and then there’s sane risk management. I mean, really.

    And I’m still waiting for the world to acknowledge the roughly 550K men “made to penetrate” their intimate partners in 2010. And the, likely quite a few more, who managed to resist when their female partners – like mine – became pushy and psychologically manipulative (think “just enjoy it” – as that was something she did say) when they refused sex.

    “If I invented something called a Penis Key, which only lets penises be used by others who know the password, would you guys donate to that instead?”

    This is utterly facile sarcasm, but yes – if you invented a way for a man to say no, and have women that attempt to force him be rebuffed, I would donate to that in a heartbeat.

  39. Scott says:

    I still think putting a bullet in the rapists head is much better solution.

  40. Jeff Ballard says:

    what happens if someone has to be admitted to a hospital, unconscious, and the dr has to remove the garment for some unknown reason?

    Just asking a real world question, especially since these seam to still be in the development stage.

    Other that that, very interesting design.

  41. Captain Obvious says:

    I imagine the rapist to become violent after being frustrated with your impenetrable clothing then becoming violent enough to knock you out whereas giving him the time to finally figure out what’s going on when he sees your locked undergarments and then just googling or youtubing “how to easily remove AR clothing.” Real world stuff, right? It could happen! Not all rapists are stupid. Just saying, you gotta consider the possibilities. You can’t win all the battles even if you are prepared. I do consider those vaginal rings that scratch anything that penetrates a pretty close win though.

    Oh, and who’s to say that a rapist won’t discover about these anti-rape clothing and buys a pair for himself to study and learn to unlock them? Anything is possible, right? xD

  42. Shadyrose says:

    Actually studies have shown that a woman is far less likely to get raped if she’s wearing pants (and has short hair). Pulling a skirt up and panties down is much easier and faster than getting pants off. These probably wouldn’t be all that helpful if you were roofied at a frat party but if a rapist was unable to get these off quickly in a public place he’d be much more likely to give up and leave for fear of being caught. .

  43. Amy Jones says:

    This actually seems like a more likely event than them preventing rape. The possibility that the rapist could be come violent is also a possibility. (Although not necessarily a given.) It seems like one of those things that might make a person feel more safe, but would actually put them more at risk for other things.

  44. Shadyrose says:

    If you watch the video there are over 100 combinations to the lock at the top of the shorts, so even if a rapist were to google it they’d still have no idea which combination to use.

  45. Quinsilver says:

    I don’t think that women are responsible if they are attacked but there are certain situations I would not put myself in due to the dangers or risks of those situations. Maybe these pants would allow me to do that. Such as traveling alone as a woman as the video says. Many of my guy friends travel alone and I would like to as well at the same time there is a lot more risk and vulnerability in that situation as a woman. Is it my fault that these and other situations are dangerous? no, of course not. would i like to do sth about it? yes. Can I change other people or change the whole world? probably not. can i wear a pair of pants that might allow me to do sth I otherwise would not? yes. that is why i would support these pants without getting into the debate about whose responsibility rape lies with. (obviously the perpetrator).

  46. rogerspackman says:

    This appears to be a clever product, and would generally suggest it is a good idea. While no expert on the subject, my only concern is that in a medical emergency that they may cause a hindrance to proper medical care.

  47. Jeff Schmidt says:

    . . . Penis Key . . . Wait, how do I pee?

  48. pinktoes1218 says:

    Rape isn’t always violent. The women on here insisting that their attacker would just beat the crap out of them, or use a weapon have not considered the huge number of women that are raped in different situations.

    While I initially clicked on the article because the title sounded funny, I think the author does not understand or sympathize with the portion of the population that has been raped, violent or non-violently. It was a bit offensive to me.

    I think this is a wonderful product that should be available to any woman that feels they need it.

  49. krystal says:

    “And yet in offering rape-proof clothes, AR-Wear is still perpetuating the myth that women can and should take steps to avoid assault.”

    I know that no matter how many parents in the world teach their children to be good people, to not rape, to not murder, to not steal, there will still be rebellions. Either way, there are terrible people in this world, and if I am able to do whatever I want and dress however I want AS A WOMAN, I would feel a hell of a lot safer wearing these. They are not ideal, but it’s better than nothing.
    It’s like carrying pepper spray, should I not carry around pepper spray, just because people should teach their kids not to attack? No… you wouldn’t ask that of me. Or get upset about it. Even though people should teach their children to be better, RIGHT NOW we are in a world that isn’t so great sometimes, with bad people in it, and if I can be protected, I will do everything I can.

  50. krystal says:

    yes!

  51. krystal says:

    perfect

  52. Corbin Swagerty says:

    “AR-Wear is still perpetuating the myth that women can and should take steps to avoid assault.” That’s a very offensive sentence. Of course women can take steps to avoid assault. Being aware of your surroundings and being careful about what situations you put yourself in is a start. And what about punching your attacker in the fucking nose? They’re trying to solve a serious problem and you’re just ivory tower nitpicking.

  53. Rin says:

    As some have said this may prevent the date rapes and people who wont use force, But there are some people out there who just dont care,and truth is i dont think anyone would forfeit their life to prevent said assault. so it even with AR it comes down to how dertermined the attacker is.

  54. Ivriniel says:

    Say a woman is wearing these things, and is then intimidated into taking them off before she is raped. Then her attacker gets to argue “It wasn’t rape! She she took off her AR pants herself!”

  55. Nate says:

    Exactly, this isn’t “perpetuating the myth that women can and should take steps to avoid assault” it’s just another (perhaps unusual and unwieldy) tool for women living in areas with high sexual assault numbers. Let them make that choice without being ridiculed for it.

    Base your actions on the way the world is, not the way it ought to be. Your incredibly naive ivory tower sitting isn’t helping reduce sexual assaults.

  56. Heather says:

    I think the key distinction that must be made is this: We must not shame people who take extra precautions, knowing that there ARE places and situations where these things are more likely, statistically, to take place. It is not wrong to educate people on these things as possible, preventative measures because realistically that *will* reduce the instances of this terrible crime. It is sad we must do this, but we do so to protect us because we live in a wicked world.

    At the same time, people who do not or cannot take those precautions should *never* be shamed for what has happened to them, because it is in no way their fault!

    So having options like this, that’s a good thing. Blaming people for not using options like this is, well, wrong and ridiculous. In my mind, this is the safe medium to take, and we should be clear on making that distinction.

  57. Fellhahn says:

    Buy a gun, or mace, or a taser, or a baton, or a knife. I’d prefer a world in which women fought back in a manner that left the attacker physically incapable of raping ever again.

  58. not Kidding says:

    your missing the point. this is an empowering product, and just like whistles, buddies, legal consequences, etc. increases to cost of attempting such an act. a perpetrator is responsible for his or her own actions, but we are all responsible for trying to prevent such things. it’s sad there is still a market for such things, but there is. Ladies, don’t wait for society to protect you, and don’t live in fear, DO empower yourself.

  59. not Kidding says:

    this is a very good point, amy. this product is not a substitute for mental and physical strength and/or reasonable risk assessment. however, confidence can help deter a would-be attacker.

  60. Eliza Cussen says:

    That is such a good point I really wish I’d thought of it!

  61. Celyn Coker says:

    Actually, data shows that more women are raped by someone they do know than by strangers. It’s usually under-reported because since they know the person it’s more difficult for them to come out with the information especially in cases of marital rape.

  62. Celyn Coker says:

    I think this is funny, not because women get raped but because no matter how you look at it, we are still blaming the victim. The idea behind it isn’t bad, but for one, there is more than one place that can be forcefully penetrated, and two, society works in such a way that a woman wearing this type of garment who does end up violated in a different manner will still be blamed for whatever happens to her or will not be believed because she had taken necessary precautions to protect herself.
    Then while most rapes aren’t actually violent, the ones that are violent will most likely result in the girl (not because men aren’t raped, but because this is a gendered item) being forced to take off said protective wear or face a different type of bodily harm (both which are very much so tragic). In cases of nonviolence, this might actually work, but since many rape victims know the person who raped them, there is a high chance that they will not be wearing the protective item when a situation actually arises.
    I’m not saying that we should give up in trying to find methods to prevent rape, but the way I see it: unless the perpetrators actually get punished (because most of the sentences doled out for rape cases are laughable [not in a funny way but in a, are you f-ing kidding me? way]) then rape won’t stop. I find it fascinating that you can tell someone in Africa that you are raped and their first question is, “Is there a war going on?”

  63. Eliza Cussen says:

    Please note the Junkee website does not support Sarcasm as a typeface.

  64. IDontWannaDie says:

    Emergency rooms everywhere are going to hate this. They cut the clothes off you most of the time.

  65. Daniel L. Cox says:

    I applaud your efforts to combat this scourge on society. Ask other policemen, rape is not normally about sex, it is about power and control. Also, it isn’t only attractive, thin women who get raped or 80 year old grandmothers would not be sexually assaulted. On the video, all of the models were extremely thin, with a waist smaller than the hips. Does this product work as effectively and is it as comfortable for a slightly overweight, curvy or obese woman? A heavier woman has more give in her skin and clothes if she wears it comfortably and to make the thigh or waist tight enough to constrict the attackers ability to slip inside the openings, wouldn’t it be uncomfortable? As a man with a few extra pounds, my belt can either be tightly cinched around the waist to keep them from falling down, which is uncomfortable and looks bad to have my gut hanging over the belt, or I can have it equal to my waist size, which looks better, but could easily slip down off of my waist. I can see this as a good product for attractive women to keep date rapers at bay, but am unsure about its ability to function for the majority of women. Even the design team only made outfits for skinny women.

  66. DDVello says:

    Thank you for buying into the stereotype that all rapes happen in the dark alleys or after midnight while walking home from a bar. Your attempt at satire is pretty pathetic, at best, and your willingness to employ cynicism over such a subject speaks loudly of your character. Most rapists are not violent people, they would actually be repulsed by the thought that they are violent. They are sick, twisted individuals and their heads are not on straight…but they would be deterred by active resistance such as this. I’m sure in your scenario that just avoiding the ghettos and trashy parts of town would prevent most rapes, because…you know, those are the only people who go around raping people.

  67. I think you may be missing my point. Most rapists are known to the victim, even live in their home. And unless women plan to wear rape-resistant undies 24/7 they will therefore be useless.
    Also, ‘sick, twisted’ individuals will not be repelled by underwear.
    You have got me entirely wrong. But thanks for the feedback.

  68. Celyn Coker says:

    That isn’t sarcasm. Many women are raped by someone they know. My best friend was raped by her brother’s teammate, but she didn’t report it. I was raped by someone I thought was my friend and I didn’t report it. I decided to do research for my criminology class a few years ago and I learned that many rape crimes occur between people who know each other versus in a dark alleyway. If I can find my sources for the paper I’ll link them here

  69. Eliza Cussen says:

    Hi Celyn, I know you weren’t being sarcastic. I was sarcastic in my original reply to Kerri. I’m well aware that most rapists attack people they know and that’s one of the reasons I find AR-Wear so ridiculous. I’d love it if you could send through the paper: http://www.elizacussen.com/#!contact/c2rj

  70. polly_esther says:

    Rape is not funny at all. That being said, now I have to make guesses about when I might be raped. What if I only have one pair and I wore them yesterday?

  71. kooky pirate says:

    Forget the “anti-rape” angle. I’m going to force my daughter to wear these before any date arrives, when she’s old enough to start dating. I’ll hold the key until she’s home safe. Very useful product now!

  72. Ariadne Schulz says:

    This is the exact opposite of empowerment. Rape isn’t the problem of the victim or potential victim and this just piles all the responsibility on where it doesn’t belong. Also frankly any idiot can undo a button and if it’s any harder than that I’m pretty sure I’d not be able to get out of them. Seriously, what jerk came along and went “hey, more assaults on women? Let’s take their money by selling them chastity belts!” I especially like where they guilt trip their buyers by going “your family will feel so much safer about you being an independent lady and not getting married at 16 and staying home baking pies.”

  73. Clayton Holloway says:

    If I was a raper I could easily get past those locks. It’s basically a 2 position combination lock. It would take all but 30 seconds. …but if I was a rapist and for some reason too stupid to figure the lock out, given that rapists aren’t exactly nice guys, I’d be pissed that after all my hard work that I didn’t even get off and I’d take it out on the chick. In short, this product is useless at best and harmful at worst.

  74. Clayton Holloway says:

    lol @ marital rape.

  75. Clayton Holloway says:

    Wow, calling someone stupid and ignoring the fact that the combination is only two positions which means your average 3rd grader can crack it in 30 seconds. Let’s hope that in the unfortunate event someone tries to rape you, that the guy is as dumb as you. lol

  76. Clayton Holloway says:

    Wow, calling someone stupid and ignoring the fact that the combination
    is only two positions which means your average 3rd grader can crack it
    in 30 seconds.

  77. jaja007 says:

    “In the event of an attempted rape, your attacker won’t be able to take
    your shorts off without a significant amount of work — and, I suppose,
    will just get frustrated and walk off…”

    Or, he will stab you to death out of frustration.

  78. PoppyCock says:

    Too bad we have to invent anti-rape wear for women to wear, rather than fostering a society where men are less likely to rape…

  79. I.H. says:

    I’ve been raped, and I have to say that after taking Krav Maga classes (easy to learn, doesn’t require weight, height, nor strength) I know that it won’t happen again unless the person/s knocks me unconscious. I recommend taking a Krav Maga class over investing in this type of clothing.

    One time a guy asked me out, and I had just met him, and I said ‘sure, okay.’ and he returned with ‘aren’t you afraid to go out on a date with a guy you just met?’ and I said ‘no, I have hand to hand combat training, and I could easily take you.’ His attitude had been one that was condescending, and viewed women as weak/victims. Even though I was completely polite and friendly with him, even in my response, he no longer wanted to go out on a date with me. I didn’t fit his ‘victim’ stereotype. I am quite happy with the fact that I took those classes, and it has not stopped me from getting dates with GOOD men;) Men that are not afraid of a woman who can defend herself are men that women do not need to defend themselves against. (imo)

    Yes, we need more work to switch from a ‘rape culture’ to a ‘consent culture’ but I feel that teaching women, such as myself, how to STOP a rape from happening will greatly deter the rape culture, and undermine the belief that we are weak creatures that can be taken advantage of.

  80. Zoë says:

    This must cause lots of (drunk) girls to pee in their pants

  81. Celyn Coker says:

    You think it’s funny? I guess you would seeing as how most men don’t think rape to be a crime. It also took till 1995 for laws to be put in place protecting women from yet another form of traumatic abuse, so I can’t fault you for your hurtful misigynistic commentary either.

  82. michael stone says:

    damn ur a women hating loser to laugh at marital rape

  83. Wayne Peterson says:

    so what you are saying is that there are not guys that are vindictive and when they want something bad enough the don’t plan things out it has nothing to do with area …it could be a work place ..or even being fallowed home from bar… it is a sickness

  84. Wayne Peterson says:

    just look at his pic ..lol

  85. Hayden McCall says:

    The answer, dear silly people, is more guns, not more underwear. Shoot the rapist before he shoots you.

  86. Angel says:

    O_o you know oddly enough, while this may be interesting in terms of protection for violent rape by an unknown perpetrator, statistics do show that most of the time rape occurs under the influence of alcohol by a person that the victim knows and a lot of the time who they are friends with. an estimated 77% of all reported rape cases in fact. In almost all of those cases drugs and/or alcohol played a factor. It never had anything to do with what women wore because regardless of clothing the victims are often to intoxicated to fight back anyway. Believe or not this same thing happens with men to, difference is men are far less likely to report it. The undergarment might make a person feel more secure I suppose but why induce needless fear and make money off of it when you can just as easily promote counseling, self defense, the 2nd amendment (if you can believe it because if you’ve got a gun…not many people would be willing to mess with you), or raise more awareness in concern to date/acquaintance rape. This is an extremely touchy subject and by no means should it ever be used as an idea to generate profit.

  87. Stacey J Diehl says:

    Product discussion aside, women are always having to curb aspects of our freedom in a way no man could ever imagine being forced to. That’s the fact of it but it’s utter bullshit we have to.

  88. Stacey J Diehl says:

    Amen on the Krav!

  89. Stacey J Diehl says:

    Issues. You got ’em.

  90. Doug Bo says:

    THIS PRODUCT is a waste of time and money.
    Rape is already illegal, and therefore probably doesn’t ever actually happen because, let’s face it, all we need for something to be stopped is for laws to be made banning, or criminalizing it.
    Want to reduce the number of rapes? Want to totally eliminate them? Well duh, just make rape even MORE-er-er illegal.

  91. Jarntazecht says:

    So the anti rape wear must be knife-proof then?

  92. Clayton Holloway says:

    I don’t only think it’s funny, but I find the concept of “marital rape” preposterous. You not only vowed to do it in the name of your creator(s), but you made your union legally binding… and then all of the sudden you change your mind? Pfft. Suck it up or get a divorce. Till then you belong to each other.

  93. Clayton Holloway says:

    It’s great right? This chick I was banging took it and I get compliments on it all the time. I’m so adorable. haha

  94. Clayton Holloway says:

    Sorry, I don’t speak cretin. Perhaps you can translate to English.

  95. Clayton Holloway says:

    If you call an IQ in the top two percent of the planet an issue, then I suppose you’re right, but way to go on the ignorant assumptions based on limited data. That should get you far in life.

  96. Celyn Coker says:

    Then by default you must believe that domestic violence is also funny because in most cases (I’m speaking about women now) are beaten up, psychologically abused or verbally abused, if they do not want to engage in the sexual act until they ‘consent’ to the act. Or how about women who were forced into marriages because of their families or norms in locations where they live that sex and everything about it is stigmatized and causes feelings of shame if they let their boyfriends talk them into the act unprotected. Let’s leave America and look at places where they find it okay to burn their wives (or the women who rejected their proposals) with acid or kidnap brides (I promise it’s a real thing) from the fields where they are forced to work and then proceed to rape these women who live in societies where such an act outside of marriage is a sin and so they marry their abuser to avoid being stigmatized or stoned. Or are you coming at this from an ethnocentric standpoint because that may explain everything?

  97. Celyn Coker says:

    Or maybe you’re just trolling. I’ve heard about people who get their kicks off trying to piss people off. If so, please find someone else to troll. I recently learned that one of our close family friends has been beating his wife for about 10 years now and they don’t allow divorce in their culture, so we’re currently trying to help them get counselling and we stop by randomly to make sure everything’s alright. Also I’m currently taking a genocide and ethnic violence class at my school so I’m already disgusted with humanity enough to want to deal with you anymore than I actually have to.

  98. andrea says:

    And one where the crime, when reported, is always taken seriously.

  99. andrea says:

    That might prevent some of the minority of male-on-female rapes that happen according to the violent “stranger in an isolated place” scenario. Assuming the user carries the weapon at all times, and then has the time to reach for it. Not saying it never works, but like this product, it’s not always going to.

    Considering how far we are from stopping all rapes, we need to look at our options in the meantime. The next best things in my opinion are to change the attitudes towards rape such that reports are taken seriously, and make everyone aware that most rape is perpetrated by an intimate partner (which should help with the first).

    Also, we need to talk more about consent — there’s a strange gap in that we’re taught to seek consent, but not to be as alert as we should with regards to whether we’re giving consent to sex, with the consequence that when someone is coerced into sex without physical violence, self-doubt may prevent any action.

  100. andrea says:

    Yeah, these aren’t the problem, nor are they a symptom of the problem. Your post has made me realise that I just feel weird about them because they *highlight* the problem — that a rape victim will always be asked what s/he did to prevent to the rape.

  101. Natalie Pixie Renwick says:

    On top of the questions against, i’d also like to add that I really don’t agree with women being so dependent on something like this. Yes, I prefer to jog in the day time rather than night, but am I supposed to feel invincible wearing these wonder pants?

    The fact that women and men may adapt to relying on these under garments is scary. I personally don’t walk down the street with defence weapons, ie, knife, mace etc because I think it’s mentally draining, to live in such fear of the world. Because if we forget these things we’d become an utter mess. The perfect and simple example of this is leaving our mobile phone somewhere or it running out of battery. So when this happens, I bet 9/10 of us become ridiculously paranoid when we are by ourselves.

    Also, the statement in the video about someone spiking your drink and them not being able to take of your pants- if they went to the effort of doing so, I’m damn sure they would find a way to get them off…

    I personally am not going to buy these.

  102. michael stone says:

    lol

  103. Clayton Holloway says:

    Other people’s fucked up views and cultures aren’t my problem. If your views cause you to be beaten, abused, raped, etc… It’s time to rethink your views and it’s no one else’s fault if you don’t. Options seem to be “stay the same and be abused” or “rethink views and not be abused”. By choosing the former they are literally asking for it and who are we to tell them they can’t have what they want.