Date Rape Changy Nail Polish?

nail-polish-tmagArticleAlright, by now a lot of people of heard about Undercover Colors, the nail polish that change color when they come into contact with date rape drugs. “The first fashion company empowering women to prevent sexual assault.”  At first, I felt excited, because anytime someone acknowledges that sexual assault is a big deal and a reality for many women, it’s a good thing.

But then, seconds later, reality sets in. This is yet another strategy that puts all of the onus on women to not get raped. We are, again, ignoring the other factor in the equation; the rapist.

How sad is it that in our culture it seems less complicated to developed a fancy nail polish that detects date rape drugs than to TEACH MEN NOT TO RAPE.

Women are already blamed enough when they’re raped, which is why so few women report. We see what happens when they do, for example with the Steubenville case from a couple years ago. There was video of guys saying they raped her, yet the defense STILL had the gall to say “well, she was drinking.”

“You think you were drugged? Well, were you wearing the nail polish? If you really wanted to protect yourself if you were worried about rape you should have been wearing that nail polish.” I can see it now! Women are already questioned enough about what they wore, if they were drinking, where they were, but NONE of that matters. Regardless of those things, no woman is giving up the right to her body.  We are expected to keep track of so many things. Do we have a buddy that we’ll make sure we will go home with? Am I watching my drink? Am I aware of my surroundings? We are expected to do so much to NOT get raped, yet there isn’t anything out there teaching men that consent is non negotiable. That no matter what a woman is wearing, you need CONSENT. That if you’re actively trying to get a girl wasted so it’ll be easier to make moves later you are a rapist.

The real number one date rape drug is alcohol, but there are dozens. GHB, Rohypnol, Ecstasy, Ketamine, Xanax, even things like Tylenol PM are used as a date rape drug! And that’s where this whole nail polish thing unravels. It would be impossible to make it work given all the drugs there are out there. While even creating one that reacts to one or two drugs would be an admirable feat, it would only create a false sense of security, because there are so many more out there.

I’m not trying to be a debbie downer, they really say there’s no way this is going to work.

I appreciate that a group of guy students made an effort to do something positive to stop sexual assault by thinking of this nail polish. But educating other men about consent and what rape is, and to not rape would be far more effective and actually addressing the group that needs to be targeted if we’re ever going to cut down sexual assault.