…except it’s sadly only a matter of time for some cunning date rapist to put on some fake polish, dip their date rape-drug coated finger into someone’s drink and says…
"See? totally safe!. Hi what’s your name? My name’s Freddy Frat Bro…"
The idea’s great. But it’s a flimsy band-aid. Awareness and responsibility is rule #1. This is just one tool. But that’s the thing – we shouldn’t put the onus on the victim to have to ‘protect’ themselves. Date rape is perpetrated by the person who is doing the assaulting. It’s a byproduct of a broken society – in the way it educates and conditions many young men.
That’s what really needs to be fixed. That’s where ‘innovation’ is needed most. Unfortunately, it’s just a lot more difficult, less PR-able and not a potentially profitable business model. And I suppose the anxiety is what also makes it more of a selling point for the brand too, intentional or not.
Overall though, I do think it’s great to see this sort of tech being developed and it’s bringing the issue to the forefront of discussion. My only criticism is as a watch-out – that the real solution isn’t so easy and is a much deeper issue.