There’s this video that has been all over social media recently that shows this new underwear, a company has made, that will apparently prevent anyone from sexually assaulting you. If you haven’t seen it yet here it is.
I think it’s great that we now have things in place to prevent situations, such as rape, however I do have one question.
Why don’t we just stop people committing such crimes in the first place?
The message I got from this video is “if you wear this underwear you should have no need to complain”. Why are the victims made to wear some protective armour over their crotch just because some people have no control over their behaviours?
The problem with producing clothing that prevents rape and sexual assault is that it teaches society that it is the victim’s responsibility to avoid rape rather than blaming the rapists themselves. I don’t know about anyone else but I want to feel safe and comfortable in my own clothes and not have to worry about some vagina locking underwear.
The company’s tagline they use to try to get you to buy their product is “A clothing line offering wearable protection for when things go wrong”.
Firstly, this sentence is describing rape almost like an everyday accident. Spilling coffee on my trousers is what I’d describe as “things going wrong”. Rape is something I wouldn’t even wish on my worst enemy’s life.
Also after watching the video I’ve noticed how tight and uncomfortable the underwear looks. Why should we have to suffer discomfort just because some people can’t keep it in their pants?
The product itself also isn’t the most helpful as it is only designed for women and girls and although the majority of rape or sexual assault cases are done to women, unfortunately men suffer too.
One of the features of this underwear that make it preventive of rape is that there is a lock on the waist band that you assign a combination to and open or close it, almost like a locker. Knowing me I’d forget my combination and would be stuck in the underwear.
All in all whilst I think it’s a good idea and possibly a useful product I still think society should stop blaming victims. It’s why a lot of rape or sexual assault cases go about unresolved because victims leave the situation thinking “it was my fault anyway”.
I think children at a young age should be taught how to respect one another and then we wouldn’t even need the underwear.