Reality-Shifting Comments: By Rebecca Smith
While nail-polish might usually be considered a far cry from wearable technology, a team of four university students is currently working on a nail-polish formula that is breaking down barriers and stirring up controversy…literally.
The polish is intended to detect date rape drugs in the drinks of the users and was developed in an attempt to counteract the rising number of sexual assault instances. The nail polish works by changing colours when it comes in contact with date rape drugs. Therefore, a user can test their drink by casually stirring their finger in it prior to consumption. If the colour of the polish changes, the user will know that something is wrong with their drink.
While many people can appreciate the potential for this nail polish to improve the safety of women, others have a problem with the fact that the real issue is being ignored. For example, Laci Green, a well-known YouTube blogger and self-proclaimed feminist claims that the nail polish may be distracting people from the fact that something needs to be done to stop perpetrators of sexual assault rather than expecting women to stop men who attempt to assault them. Green’s point is that something needs to be done in order to stop sexual predators before it reaches a point where women have to use precautions such as date-rape detecting nail polish.
This is an excellent point, and I think we can all agree that it is always better to tackle a problem at it’s roots as opposed to trying to contain the problem by treating the symptoms. However, there is nothing wrong with at least giving women the option to use precautionary measures such as this nail polish. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people in the world who pray on women, and even though it is important to make strides towards preventing sexually predatory behaviors in individuals, it is also not a bad idea to give people another method of protecting themselves. I definitely see where Laci Green is coming from and I agree, but since it is impossible to change a problem so large as sexual assault over night, I think that the development of this type of nail polish can certainly offer women another method of protection and security.