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Nail polish aims to curb date-rape, critics say it ignores the issue

Nailpolish-drugFour male North Carolina State  University students are in the process of developing nail polish that detects certain chemical agents often used in date rape, but some are not sold on the idea.

“Undercover Color”currently has 75,000 Facebook likes and has received mass national media attention over the last few days.

The idea is simple– simply apply a couple of coats and then when you head to the bar, stir your nail in the drink to detect harmful chemicals. If the polish reacts with a chemical, it will change color.

Critics are saying that it avoids a core issue.

Jessica Valenti of The Guardian takes issue with victim-blaming. “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,” she writes.

Tracey Vitchers, the board chair for Students Active For Ending Rape, said that more conversations need to take place.

“I think a lot of the time we get focused on these new products because they’re innovative and they’re interesting, and it’s really cool that they figured out how to create nail polish that does this. But at the end of the day, are you having those tough conversations with students, and particularly men, who are at risk for committing sexual assault?” Vitchers told Think Progress.

For more information about rape including statistics, visit RAINN. What do you think?

By: Cassie Fambro

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