Twelve questions about AR Wear’s anti-rape underwear

AR Wear is fundraising to manufacture anti-rape (as in AR) underwear. Here are a few questions we have about the apparel.

  1. 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?
  2. How about if I want to have sex?
  3. How does this protect people who have an intimate relationship with their assailant?
  4. What about all the forms of sexual violence that don’t require removal of underwear?
  5. Do the inventors of this know what sexual violence actually looks like outside of Law and Order?
  6. What is the “thing” mentioned in your motto “offering protection for when things go wrong?”
  7. Where are the rapists in this calculation?
  8. If a predator realizes you’re wearing magic anti-rape underwear, won’t s/he just go find someone who isn’t?
  9. 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?
  10. Are these thin, able-bodied, cis women the only kind of people who deserve not to be raped?
  11. When did we forget anti-violence work is a collective, not individualized, effort?
  12. Haven’t we been over this before?

Alexandra Brodsky is a Feministing editor, law student, and activist who talks about rape a lot.

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Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX, a national legal education campaign against campus gender-based violence. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NPR. Through Know Your IX, she has organized with students across the country to build campuses free from discrimination and violence, developed federal policy on Title IX enforcement, and has testified at the Senate. At Yale Law, Alexandra focuses on antidiscrimination law and is a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Alexandra is committed to developing and strengthening responses to gender-based violence outside the criminal justice system through writing, organizing, and the law. Keep an eye out for The Feminist Utopia Project, co-edited by Alexandra and forthcoming from the Feminist Press (2015).

Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX.

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