PREVENTING RAPE? P.S. I’ve learned some really fascinating things in dinner time conversation here. For instance this: Did you know that there is now a nail polish that a woman can stick into a drink to determine whether a date rape drug has been added to it? And that there are also straws being developed that do the same? You put your straw in a drink and if there’s a date rape drug present, the tip turns blue. Interestingly, I also read a critique from Jessica Valenti in the Guardian about these new technologies: “While interest in nail polish that detects common drugs used in date rape remains high, not everyone is pleased with the idea. Rape prevention advocates have posited that the nail polish drug detection system is a form of tacit victim blaming, suggesting the onus should not be on potential victims to prevent rape, as feminist writer Jessica Valenti explained in a column for the Guardian: I’m appreciative that young men like want to curb sexual assault, but anything that puts the onus on women to “discreetly” keep from being raped misses the point. We should be trying to stop rape, not just individually avoid it. Prevention tips or products that focus on what women do or wear aren’t just ineffective, they leave room for victim-blaming when those steps aren’t taken. Didn’t wear your anti-rape underwear? Well what did you expect? For now, the nail polish date rape prevention product is still in the development stage and is not available for purchase."