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Would you buy these Anti-Rape underwear for your daughter?

Posted by on Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:12 AM
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Question: Would you buy these for you or your daughter?

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Absolutely. Just like I lock my car and home, I protect what I value.

I don't think they're a bad idea, but I wouldn't buy them.

Terrible idea *insert reason* I would never buy them.


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New anti-rape underwear, shorts to help women during sex attacks 

Critics aren’t convinced a line of anti-rape clothes will really work, but the designers insist the garments can make women feel safer and prevent sex attacks. They recently raised more than $50,000 on the crowdfunding site, Indiegogo.

A pair of rape-resistant shorts from AR Wear. The shorts lock at the waistband are created with material that can’t easily be cut or ripped.

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A pair of rape-resistant shorts from AR Wear. The shorts lock at the waistband are created with material that can’t easily be cut or ripped.

New rape-resistant underwear, yoga pants and shorts promise to keep women safe and unwanted sex predators at bay.

The garments work by creating a barrier that even the most determined rapists can’t break, rip or cut, “so that women and girls can have more power to control the outcome of a sexual assault,” according to AR Wear’s Indiegogo campaign, launched to raise funds to produce the line.

But will they really work?

The Telegraph blasted the idea of anti-rape wear as “wrong on so many levels,” and The Washington Post questioned if it’s anti-feminist. Commenters voiced doubts that a pair of sturdy underwear will be much help in the event of an attack, but the designers swear the garments work.

Known only as Ruth and Yuval (they declined to release their last names), the Nyack, N.Y., women said they designed the products to be worn in potentially dangerous situations — while clubbing, out on a first date, running alone at night or traveling abroad, for example.

A pair of scissors can’t even cut through the garments’ straps.

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A pair of scissors can’t even cut through the garments’ straps.

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They told the Daily News in an email the idea sparked years ago, after Yuval saw a news story about a woman who was raped with people nearby. If something could have slowed the attack — like stubborn undergarments, for example — it might have given bystanders enough time to take notice and help.

Yuval teamed up with Ruth, who was nearly raped twice, to bring her idea to life. Ruth recalled being attacked in her late 20s, and how quickly the man ripped down her jeans and underwear “in one fluid motion.”

“She started screaming and something caused her attacker to run off,” the designers wrote. “The memory of how he had pulled down her clothing so quickly made her believe that AR Wear could be effective at preventing some rapes by causing delay.”

Neither woman would provide any personal information except their first name, due to “the sensitive nature and stage of development of the product.”

Will this underwear save you from rape? That’s what two New York designers say. They recently raised more than $50,000 to fund the line.

www.indiegogo.com

Will this underwear save you from rape? That’s what two New York designers say. They recently raised more than $50,000 to fund the line.

Ruth and Yuval cite studies that prove resisting rape increases a woman’s chance of escape, and say their anti-rape shorts, underwear and pants do just that.

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Cut-resistant straps and webbing create an “innovative skeletal structure” that the wearer locks at the waistband, so they can’t be pulled down or pushed aside.

But the designers insist the garments are comfortable and easy to get off — wearers can release the hold by turning a tiny lock to a designated clock position.

Despite criticism, there’s clearly interest.

Ruth and Yuval have raised more than $52,000 on Indiegogo — enough to start producing their line. They expect the pieces to sell between $50 and $60 online and are experimenting with plus-size and men’s lines.

rmurray@nydailynews.com

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by on Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:12 AM
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:28 AM
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How uncomfortable would that be.

No, I don't think I am going to buy these for my 14 year old, or myself for that matter.  

I need to call my older daughters, see if they have heard of this.

If some one wants in and they are met with resistance like this, the outcome could be far worse.

This just creeps me out for some reason.

JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM
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So the rapist can't get to the cookie. Then he'll get straight to killing...

Not so sure this is a deterrent.

Gimmicky.
loveabi
by New Member on Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM
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I'm sorry all I can think about is what if you were in a car accident or something and they needed to cut your clothes off??


Anyways no I wouldn't buy them for my chid and I wouldnt wear them myself. They look really uncomfortable and they're ugly.
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paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Do you think that most date rapist are killers?

Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA: So the rapist can't get to the cookie. Then he'll get straight to killing...

Not so sure this is a deterrent.

Gimmicky.




I will not have a temper tantrum nor stomp across the floor.


I will not pout, scream or shout or kick against the door.

I will not throw my food around nor pick upon another.

I’ll always try to be real good because I am the mother.

I am the mother.

I am the mother.














JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:37 AM
No not necessarily but the potential for murder is always there.

Quoting paganbaby:

Do you think that most date rapist are killers?

Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA: So the rapist can't get to the cookie. Then he'll get straight to killing...



Not so sure this is a deterrent.



Gimmicky.


AlekD
by Gold Member on Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:39 AM
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War on women!

:P

These plus martial arts could be really good actually, since this would at least buy you time to get some good shots in, but like someone else said, it would be bad if you were in an accident and paramedics needed to cut off your clothes... /shrug
VinVanMom
by Bronze Member on Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:43 AM
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No I prefer a good metal locking belt like from men in tights
paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:44 AM
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That's true. But the same could be said for anything you do. Sometimes fighting back could get you killed or going passive could end up hurting you.

Seems like a crap shoot.

Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA: No not necessarily but the potential for murder is always there.

Quoting paganbaby:

Do you think that most date rapist are killers?

Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA: So the rapist can't get to the cookie. Then he'll get straight to killing...



Not so sure this is a deterrent.



Gimmicky.





I will not have a temper tantrum nor stomp across the floor.


I will not pout, scream or shout or kick against the door.

I will not throw my food around nor pick upon another.

I’ll always try to be real good because I am the mother.

I am the mother.

I am the mother.














surromama
by Member on Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:45 AM
I think it may just piss the attacker off and they may beat and/or kill the woman out of frustration, even if that wasn't the plan.
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SewingMamaLele
by Leanne on Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM
Modern chastity belt.... Interesting!
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