Here’s a snippet of the post:
” While we’re working on that whole rape culture thing, AR Wear will help women move freely about the world with the confidence that only a reinforced skeletal structure around her vagina can provide. After all, nothing makes a woman feel comfortable in her own body like a constant physical reminder that she’s expected to guard her genitals against potential sexual assaults at all times. Then again, it beats explaining to mom, dad, and the local public defender why you failed to strap on your rape-deflecting bootie shorts when you fell asleep at a friend’s house and “things went wrong.”
While I loathe the fact that women would even have a need for this, I reject Hess’ implication that this piece of clothing will make a woman even more self-conscious about her body. When I am walking alone late at night or if I know that my friend is, I am nervous and on edge until they walk through the door safely. This would not change because I was wearing something like AR wear. The fact that I am woman living in this time in this society, and on top of that, one who has a vagina, is a constant reminder that I must guard myself against potential sexual assaults. By Hess’ logic, people also should not carry around mace or rape whistles, or anything that would make them feel protected because it would remind them of their liability to be raped or assualted.
I also do not think that the creators mean to dismiss rape culture. The fact is that rape happens and if a pair of shorts could protect me or someone else from it, even in the smallest way, then I have no objections.
What’s your take? Is Hess right in her implications? Is AR Wear a bad idea that promotes rape culture?