I’ll confess, I have a love hate relationship with the Internet. I love it because it allows me to take quizes such as “what piece of IKEA furniture are you?” But I also hate the Internet because it is full of people who have too much time on their hands. Time that they use to troll and stir up controversy. Last week, we learned of a group of four students at North Carolina State University who had enough of the date-rape epidemic. To combat this ever growing issue, they invented a nail polish that changes color when it detects date-rape drugs. In application, young women could dip their finger into their glasses to make sure they’re not about to be victimized. But for some reason, every time something beneficial to society is created, there are people who love to take the side of the opposition, just for the hell of it. In this case, thousands of people (including many extreme feminists) reacted in an incredibly negative way, saying that such an invention promotes the date-rape culture and is anti-woman.
First, let’s talk about the absurd idea that a date-rape drug detecting nail polish is supposedly going to promote date-rape. It’s a concept that baffles me because it is so completely wrong. But if such a claim is true, do these opponents also believe that rape whistles promote rape and tasers promote violence towards women? I would hope not! The biggest argument against this nail polish goes like this: “Instead of creating a nail polish that detects date-rape drugs, why don’t people just not rape other people?” I have to give them credit – that’s a very good question. Why can’t rapists just stop raping people? The world would totally be a better place if rapists just found a better hobby. But unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect, fairy-tale world where we can stop bad things with one simple command. Rape is, unfortunately, something that happens on a daily basis. On college campuses, rape and date-rape is a problem, no doubt. But it’s not just something that we can make stop. That’s why we need measures in place to reduce the risk of a young woman being raped.
The argument that this nail polish is anti-woman makes me scratch my head. Here we have a product that was invented to keep young women from becoming a rape victim, yet somehow that’s demeaning towards women. It’s a tool for women to protect themselves and yet people are labeling it as a tool to oppress women.
Feminists claim that this is just another attempt by evil men to tell women how to stop getting raped. But in reality, we’re not telling them how to not get rapped. We’re presenting to them a tool they can utilize to prevent rape because, again, our world is not perfect and we can’t stop rape with the drop of a hat.
An Epidemic of Ignorance
And then there are people like this:
Did you cringe? Because I sure did! But this tweet is actually representative of a much larger issue that my beloved Internet creates – there is a severe epidemic of ill-informed people who feel the need to comment on topics they know nothing about. I get it, it’s hard to see people talking about something on your Twitter feed without wanting to jump in and give your two cents. But if you don’t know anything about the topic, or if you just read a headline and maybe the lead paragraph, you’re just going to embarrass yourself and your side.
I stand with feminists in the hope that we can one day make rape a thing of the past. I completely agree with my feminist friends that rape is a terrible thing that has to be stopped. But while feminists want to stop rape immediately, I understand the reality that such a wish is not possible. So in the meantime, we have to empower women to keep themselves and their bodies safe. So let me make my position very clear – I am whole-heartedly against rape. Therefore, I am completely in favor of this latest invention which I am confident will prevent and decrease rape across the world.