A nail varnish that changes color in the presence of date rape drugs was recently developed by four male STEM students at North Carolina State University. A woman wearing this product need simply dip a finger into her glass and stir to ensure her drink has not been tampered with.
This hamster writing for The Telegraph isn't impressed, calling the inventors "ill-informed and misguided." Why? In her words, the product "sends out a disturbing message", "implies that it’s a woman’s prerogative to avoid being raped" and "smacks of victim blaming." She goes on to suggest that a woman has no responsibility to protect herself: "We’re perpetuating the myth that navigating possible rape is a woman’s responsibility."
Her solution? "Talk to young boys and men, have conversations around consent and teach them not to rape in the first place."
That's right, gentlemen: We're all rapists by default, we need to be sat down and taught not to rape and women have zero responsibility to protect themselves. So little responsibility, in fact, that any product intended to help them do so is clearly just victim blaming. Instead of being applauded for empowering women with a new tool, these men and their investors are denigrated: "What’s the betting the money came from a man?", the author sarcastically remarks.
As usual, when it comes to helping women, we're damned if we do, damned if we don't.