Feminists Furious About Roofie Detecting Nail Polish
Feminists Furious About Roofie Detecting Nail Polish
Most people have been celebrating a new nail polish invented by Undercover Colors, which changes color if it comes into contact with a date rape drug. A woman would need only to apply the nail polish before going out, and dip a finger into her drink to test it. The polish was invented by four male undergraduate students at North Carolina State University, because despite what feminazis consistently claim, all men don’t actually love rape. The polish will interact with date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB. For most people with half a brain, this is a good thing.
And then there are the so-called feminists.
For most normal people, a nail polish that can detect if a drink has been spiked is something to celebrate — but then, feminazis can’t think about anything unless they’re making sure it’s been agenda-tested first. Does this make us angry? Yes. Does it make us come across as bitter hags? Yes. Does it give us a reason to blame men and further perpetuate our image as misandrists? Yes. It’s a winner!
Feministing made sure to tell women to stop getting so excited, because this is like, totes not a big deal at all. Stupid men.
Thanks to four male college students from North Carolina State University, you may soon be able to buy some nail polish that detects date rape drugs to go with your anti-rape underwear. Throw in your rape whistle and pepper spray camera, and you might be able to delude yourself into believing you’re 100% safe from sexual violence.
… Actually, date rape drugs, like Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB, are not used to facilitate sexual assault all that often. While exact estimates vary, it’s safe to say that plain old alcohol is the substance most commonly used in drug-facilitated rape. Are you at all worried that by overstating the prevalence of date rape drugs, your product might give its users, who are no less likely to become victims of other kinds of sexual assault, a false sense of security? And given that your product only addresses a relatively tiny subsection of the sexual violence in this country, do you have any plans to donate your profits to help protect the remainder of the 18 percent?
… Do you know the definition of “empowering“? It involves giving someone the power to do something. “Giving” is not synonymous with “selling.” More importantly, do you know the definition of “prevent”? It is not synonymous with “avoid.” Personally avoiding sexual assault — or one particular, rather uncommon type of sexual assault — is not the same as preventing sexual assault. I’m not against the former, but I personally prefer to donate to folks working to do the latter. And I’m not so into a company that raises money by conflating the two.
And even though it’s, like, obviously not going to work, they want it to be free anyway. Because, you know, feminism.
Think Progress was pretty angry over this too, because somehow, giving women a tool to protect themselves from rape is rape culture, or something.
“I think that anything that can help reduce sexual violence from happening is, in some ways, a really good thing,” Tracey Vitchers, the board chair for Students Active For Ending Rape (SAFER), told ThinkProgress. “But I think we need to think critically about why we keep placing the responsibility for preventing sexual assault on young women.”
Women are already expected to work hard to prevent themselves from becoming the victims of sexual assault. They’re told to avoid wearing revealing clothing, travel in groups, make sure they don’t get too drunk, and always keep a close eye on their drink. Now, remembering to put on anti-rape nail polish and discretely slip a finger into each drink might be added to that ever-growing checklist — something that actually reinforces a pervasive rape culture in our society.
“One of the ways that rape is used as a tool to control people is by limiting their behavior,” Rebecca Nagle, one of the co-directors of an activist group called FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture that challenges the societal norms around sexual assault, explained. “As a woman, I’m told not to go out alone at night, to watch my drink, to do all of these things. That way, rape isn’t just controlling me while I’m actually being assaulted — it controls me 24/7 because it limits my behavior. Solutions like these actually just recreate that. I don’t want to fucking test my drink when I’m at the bar. That’s not the world I want to live in.”
Guess what, Ms. Nagle? It’s not the world anyone wants to live in. Shocking, I know. But most people (who aren’t complete morons) understand that we have to actually live in the world that exists, and not the fantasy world that we wish existed. People rape other people. They also steal from them, beat them up, and kill them. Humanity is not perfect, and it never will be. Rape is also not going to go away, no matter how much
brainwashing “educating” we do. It’s somewhat shocking that an adult woman, director of an organization that aims to prevent rape, would actually be pitching a hissy fit that she has to put up with living in a reality that doesn’t fit into her idealized fantasy dream world. What are we now? 12?
Not all of them hated this nail polish, of course. But even the femisogynists that applauded the polish still had to get their little rape culture barbs in — Bustle, for example, called the nail polish awesome, but had to make sure to continue the lie that men can be taught not to rape. Salon kinda-sorta approved of the nail polish, but their response was lukewarm at best, and they made sure to promote the educate-the-rape-out-of-men lie, saying, there’s room for skepticism about a rape prevention method that aims to deter assaults through more fear and stigma — albeit stigma attached to committing sexual assault, not to surviving it — instead of through education.
For people that claim to want to empower women, the so-called feminists sure do seem to have a problem with women being knowledgeable and capable of defending themselves. Remember what happened when Miss Nevada, Nia Sanchez, advocated for self-defense during the Miss USA pageant? The femisogynists had a complete and total meltdown, because heaven forbid women should be able to defend themselves if a rapist tried to attack them! Women shouldn’t have to defend themselves from rape, they whined. Well, sure. Again, in a perfect fantasy world, that would be true. Unfortunately though, we live in the real world, and as such, we should prepare accordingly. It would be fantastic if no one had to worry about being mugged or robbed or assaulted or raped or murdered. Those things happen though, they will continue to happen, and they will never stop happening. It’s a tragic reality, but it is reality.
Think about what femisogynists are really arguing for here, too: for women to remain helpless victims at the mercy of men who must decide whether or not they feel like exerting self-control and not raping them. How does that make any sense?! We should “educate” men to not rape — because every man has a rapist hiding inside him, right? — and then if that doesn’t work, women should just cower in fear and hope a police officer comes along to save them. Feminism!
Most men find rape abhorrent and horrific. It’s extremely offensive to tar all men with the rapist brush, because most men despise rape and will never, ever rape someone. But there will always be monsters that exist, both male and female, that steal and rape and kill. You can’t educate or hashtag the evil out of a monster. And RAINN (the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), the foremost organization dedicated to the prevention of rape and sexual assault, agreed. They put out a press release recently which slamming the idea of rape culture and that we need to educate the rapist out of men, saying, it is important to not lose sight of a simple fact: Rape is caused not by cultural factors but by the conscious decisions, of a small percentage of the community, to commit a violent crime.
It’s a truth that feminazis would do well to remember, and then they might actually be able to help women for once. These so-called feminists have a choice. They can either drop the agenda and actually work to help empower women to not be victims of rape and sexual assault, or they can continue furthering their own message at the expense of women. If they are truly feminists, then the decision should be an easy one.