Feminists: Better to be a rape victim than practice prevention
You may have seen the story this week about a new company that's developed a nail polish that can detect date rape drugs. Even though the product could prevent rapes from occurring, feminist activists are opposed.
“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 in an article published Monday. “But I think we need to think critically about why we keep placing the responsibility for preventing sexual assault on young women.”
Ankesh Madan, Tasso Von Windheim, Tyler Confrey-Maloney, and Stephan Gray founded Undercover Colors, a line of nail polish that is meant to help women better protect themselves from predators. A woman paints her nails with the polish, and when her nails come into contact with a liquid, the color will change if drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, or GHB are present.
The innovation grabbed national headlines as the four-person company continues to ask for money for the venture. But ThinkProgress argues that women are already told not to wear revealing clothing, to travel in groups, to make sure they don’t get too drunk and to keep an eye on their drink. “Now, remembering to put on anti-rape nail polish … actually reinforces a pervasive rape culture in our society,” the article says.
“One of the ways that rape is used as a tool to control people is by limiting their behavior,” Rebecca Nagle, a co-director of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, told ThinkProgress. “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.
“The problem isn’t that women don’t know when there are roofies in their drink; the problem is people putting roofies in their drink in the first place,” she added.
Alexandra Brodsky, a co-founder of Know Your IX, a group working to address campus sexual assault, said well-intentioned products like Undercover Colors can actually end up fueling victim blaming. People who don’t use the product could open themselves up to criticism.
That last statement is nonsense, typical feminist stupidity. They believe the rest of us think as they do - as victims. Only a victim would worry about such criticism.
In fact, their entire critique of the new product is absurd. Of course the problem is men putting roofies in a woman's drink. But you're not going to appeal to sociopaths by pointing out that they are oppressors and must change their ways. The psychobabble employed by most feminists when it comes to describing men is as nonsensical as Al Sharpton's critique of white America. It has little to do with reality and everything to do with politics.
Rapists, despite what feminists want us to believe, are not representative of all males. You would think it would be empowering for women to take control of their lives and use the nail polish to protect themselves. Instead, the victimhood advocates want women to remain unprotected because of some cockamamie idea that taking basic precautions against assaults somehow means the "rape culture" is in "control."
How feminists can twist their minds into such pretzel logic is beyond me.