Date Rape, Nail Polish and Empowering Women

Nail-PolishThere’s been a lot of uproar lately about this new nail polish that can detect whether or not date rape drugs are present in one’s drink. After applying the polish, a person can stir the drink with their finger, and the color will change if drugs are detected.

A lot of women are critical of this, saying the responsibility of whether to rape or not falls squarely on the shoulders of the rapist. Still others hail this as a wonderful invention.

I agree with those who say this nail polish is a wonderful thing. While I also agree that only the rapist bears responsibility for committing the crime of rape, I fully support anything that empowers women, and makes them less likely to be victimized.

No one would tell a homeowner not to bother locking their doors at night, because we all understand that doing so makes us less likely to be the victims of a home invasion. Equally true, if someone neglects to lock their doors, no one is going to blame them for getting robbed. The robber is still fully responsible for committing the crime.

We tell women not to leave their drinks unattended in bars, we tell women to use the buddy system when out partying, and to make sure someone is always aware of their plans. We fully support women who choose to take self-defense classes, and constantly remind them to “trust” their guts, don’t be afraid to walk away from a situation that feels funny, even if the reason for that feeling is not easily identified.

How is the idea of the nail polish any different from any of those things? There is nothing wrong with taking action to make us less likely to be victimized. If, despite the actions we have taken (and even if no action was taken at all), the unthinkable happens, it is not the victim’s fault. That’s not what this nail polish symbolizes, nor is that what supporters are claiming.

Predators use ever-evolving technology to accomplish more and more dastardly deeds. It’s high time technology was used to stop them in their tracks.

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3 thoughts on “Date Rape, Nail Polish and Empowering Women

  1. In early June I was at the Mandarin Lounge for a Networking After Dark business function. I witnessed three men intensively hitting on a beautiful young woman. One of them bought her a drink and while she was talking to the other two men he dropped something in her drink, stirred it, and then returned to the other three.

    Before she took the drink I had walked up and taken it from her had taken her first drink, whispered in her ear that I would buy her a replacement drink if she would accompany me to the bar. I didn’t have to say a word to the men. The look on my face was enough to let them know that I had witnessed the event and they promptly left.

    Had I not acted who knows what would ha e happened…but I do know this…it was in NO WAY her fault. She wasn’t provoking them or being over flirtatious.

    Rape is never a woman’s fault and to me it is equivalent to murder. The helplessness a woman must feel while she is being violated and often threatened with additional deadly force if she doesn’t subject herself to the aggressor is equally as frightening for them.

    I think this is an amazing invention, but if we can do it for nail polish…why not straws or other item’s that would aide to ward off these violent criminals?

    That’s just my brief thought on the subject.

    Sincerely,

    Dustin Mitchell, M.Sc.
    Dustin Mitchell, LLC
    Catalyst Life & Career Coaching
    http://www.facebook.com/catalystlifecoaching
    ( 314 ) 809-2983

  2. I agree that any proactive and preventative measures are empowering! Anyone who argues otherwise is not living in the same world as the rest of us… not mentally anyway.

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