It’s sad we live in a world where this has to be created, but it’s great that this has finally been made. Four North Carolina State University students have developed a nail polish that changes colors when it comes in contact with the date rape drugs Rohypnol, Xanax or GHB. The all-male co-founders, Ankesh Madan, Stephen Gray, Tasso Von Windheim and Tyler Confrey-Maloney, have found a way to notify a woman if she has been slipped the drugs by her simply stirring a drink with her finger; if the polish color changes, she was an intended target.
While most of the world focuses on the aftermath, i.e. how to help the victims rebuild after being raped, these men should be applauded for trying to take a more proactive and preventative approach.
But can we let them live? Of course not…
There has actually been a few critics, namely organizations that work with women who have been victimized by similar situations, who have the stupidity and idioticness (I’m fully aware that’s not a word) to claim that this invention places the blame on the woman, making her responsible for the crime not happening. While I agree, it is NEVER the woman’s fault in a situation like this, should she not arm herself as best as possible, knowing the world is full of Chester the Molestors and should these men not be praised for attempting to equip these women with the tools to protect themselves?
If you ask me, these organizations sound like a bunch of bitter exes, angry that they’re about to lose funding for their work due to the fact there’s a bout to be a lot less victims.
If you’re interested in learning more about the polish, which is aptly named Undercover Colors, click here.