Would you buy anti-rape pants?
So what are they, and would you invest?
The pantsThe invention is being promoted on a website called indiegogo.com, where inventors promote their breakthroughs and ask for visitors to the site to invest anything from $25 in them. The idea is that through 'crowdfunding' thousands of small investors get a slice of the business, which they will get back eventually when the business takes off.
The pants are produced by a firm called AR Wear, which is two women in America identified only as Ruth and Yuval. The pants have adjustable straps around the waist and thigh which make it incredibly difficult to remove the pants, and the straps and pants are both made of cut-resistant material.
Check out the anti-rape pants in the video below
Is this wise?The company makes it clear on the website that it doesn't intend to blame women for being raped, or in any way indicate that it's up to the victim to avoid getting raped. Instead, it tries to position the product as giving women peace of mind that they can "control the outcome of a sexual assault."
There are obviously those people who think this is a good idea: not least the 1,955 funders who have collectively invested $40,796 of the $50,000 goal so far.
However, there are also a large number of commentators appalled and stunned by the product. They argue that the owners may not want to imply that it's up to women to stop rape, but the pants imply it on their own. They argue that the answer is to stop men attacking women rather than restricting a woman's freedom to do things like wear ordinary clothes.
They also say this seems to imply that women who are attacked but the attacker cannot remove their pants will then be unscathed.
And they argue that they are adding to fears that all men are potential attackers, and then exploiting this fear for cash.
But what do you think? Would you invest?