Undercover Colors Anti-rape Nail Polish
Undercover Colors, an all male 4 US student team, have invented a nail polish that can detect the presence of date rape drugs in a drink. This nail polish has been described as a discreet rape and sexual assault preventative, stir the drink with your finger and if it contains date rape drugs then the nail polish will change colour.
Many article and opinions I have read about this development and research is about its avoidance of the issue, stopping sexual assaults not just individual attacks and the risk that remains of being a female in public. This invention may curb one attack but it won’t stop rape.
That being said personally I am in favour of this product. This product shouldn’t need to exist at all but in today’s society most know of the risk of a tampered drink.
Many of my friends, both male and female have had drinks spiked, for me this isn’t solely an issue for women. This fortunately didn’t lead to any sexual assaults, whether people found it funny to put something in peoples drinks I don’t know, but all have been OK after a hospital visit. Spiked drinks can be a worry for a lot of people, they are a concern for me on an evening out, making sure to watch drinks at all times.
That is where I feel this nail polish may work, to ease concerns and worries and act as a possible preventative effort. Manicures are a regular necessity on a night out and to easily integrating this, I can imagine, will prove popular.
I would love to know your thoughts on this invention, do you think you would use it and that it would be an effective preventative? Do you this that it is a woman empowering safety device or could it be another preventative tip aimed at what women do or wear ultimately leading to victim blaming?