AR Wear is fundraising to manufacture anti-rape (as in AR) underwear. Here are a few questions we have about the apparel.
- AR Wear, if the whole point of your magic anti-rape underwear is that an evil rapist can’t take them off, is it going to take me a really long time to undo all the secret locks if I have pee?
- How about if I want to have sex?
- How does this protect people who have an intimate relationship with their assailant?
- What about all the forms of sexual violence that don’t require removal of underwear?
- Do the inventors of this know what sexual violence actually looks like outside of Law and Order?
- What is the “thing” mentioned in your motto “offering protection for when things go wrong?”
- Where are the rapists in this calculation?
- If a predator realizes you’re wearing magic anti-rape underwear, won’t s/he just go find someone who isn’t?
- Won’t those people be more likely to be unable to afford magic anti-rape underwear, or have bodies, invisible or mocked in popular imagination, that don’t fit into clothes designed for thin, able-bodied, cis women like your models?
- Are these thin, able-bodied, cis women the only kind of people who deserve not to be raped?
- When did we forget anti-violence work is a collective, not individualized, effort?
- Haven’t we been over this before?
Alexandra Brodsky is a Feministing editor, law student, and activist who talks about rape a lot.