VideosThis Company Aims To Create Anti-Rape ClothingBlaire Bercy

This Indiegogo fund said they wanted to create a product to “make women and girls feel safer” but has created more controversy than it ever expected – everything from the fact that we should be focusing on stopping rapists and not trying to create some kind of Lululemon chastity belt to the issue that the video focus on a very specific demo and not all women and girls. AR Wear did post an update saying that they planned on creating a plus size line, as well.  

From AR Wear’s page:

“We developed this product so that women and girls could have more power to control the outcome of a sexual assault. We wanted to offer some peace of mind in situations that cause feelings of apprehension, such as going out on a blind date, taking an evening run, “clubbing”, traveling in unfamiliar countries, and any other activity that might make one anxious about the possibility of an assault.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1262735603 Anna Zouzou

    I disagree with their idea and it is indeed a modern chastity belt. Honestly I’d rather learn a martial art than wear these panties. Although they seem to stay in place and when you exercise or are in your days that can be useful. Also, since we can’t stop every rapist, these can help us protect ourselves without missing out on fun. I don’t like how it makes it look as if wearing a skirt and going out is increasing your possibilities at getting raped.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000391857832 Cassandra Camilla Graves

    I’d definitely wear it

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=522460289 Marlene Minori Nishime

    Despite the controversy of trying to “stop rapists” instead of “resisting the situation”, I truly believe these pants do offer a good option for those who have not had the opportunity to learn self defense or are put into a risky situation without realizing it. One thing’s for sure, no matter how much you know and understand about preventing assault, if you find yourself in-that-situation-at-that-moment, you better hope you have SOMETHING to stall the attacker so that you have the chance to get away. These undergarments may be that something, even if it gives you an extra minute, that’s all you may need to save yourself. We talk like we know when we may be attacked or when we’re putting ourselves at risk, but the truth is, it can happen at ANY TIME, anywhere. The more options we have, the better.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=3327924 Nikki Lourdes

      Yes! Totally! More options, the better!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=762165014 Janette Ocon

      Marlene, the problem with this is that when someone does get raped they will be told “Why didn’t you wear xyz’s rape preventing clothing?” It places the onus on women to prevent their own rape. Just like we aren’t supposed to drink or go running at night, we are now we are supposed to take another measure? Stranger rape is a very rare occurrence, there is a misinformed preconceived notion that this person we don’t know attacks us very violently. Most of the time it in the form of a trusted friend or acquaintance or family member, being convinced to have sex or not being coherent enough (or at all) to say no or stop. Let’s not forget the victims who are MUCH younger than their perpetrators. Many women and young girls freeze up and are unable to escape, this is a typical biological response to a perceived threat. These women feel guilt afterwards that they didn’t fight back more or were unable to make themselves fight the perpetrator off. Clothing is not the answer.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=647255815 Christina Mc Bride

        Yes, exactly. We blame victims enough as is, I’d hate to have yet another conversation about how women (in particular) are supposed to dress to keep themselves “safe”. It also ignores that there are male victims of rape, these garments are clearly suited for cisgender females only.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707279793 Taylor Johannesen

      Great product!!! This can be an extra defense for a lot of women. Women shouldn’t have to wait around for victim blaming to stop or rapist to stop raping. They should have the choice to do whatever they can to protect themselves NOW and not have to wait for society to change their mentality. Love this product and would definately buy it for myself.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707279793 Taylor Johannesen

      Sorry Marlene, I didn’t mean to respond to your comment. But I agree 100% with what you said.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504089056 Laura Richards

      “We talk like we know when we may be attacked or when we’re putting ourselves at risk, but the truth is, it can happen at ANY TIME, anywhere.”

      Are you advocating women start wearing these every moment of every day? By your argument, women should only own AR Wear.

      That’s it, girls. Throw out your regular panties and stock up on lockable knickers. You never know when some poor unsuspecting bloke might be unable to resist raping you, and you want to make sure you are wearing knickers that let him know, ‘hey, I’m not a rape-able sorta girl’. Make sure you keep a spare pair handy for laundry days, we wouldn’t want those poor rapists getting confused just coz you have on some regular kecks now would we?

      And that girl you met, you know, the one wearing A THONG, well she’s just asking to be raped….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002501680806 Kistal Gordon

    Seems very complicated

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1682605337 Richard Starr

    It’s not a chastity belt. A chastity belt puts control of sex under someone else’s control. It might stop a really drunk girl from engaging in sex if she can’t remember the “combination”, but I doubt that it would stop a determined rapist.
    Sadly, I can see a special removal tool being invented solely for the purpose of breaking the lock. A woman with a knife to her neck or similar threat could be forced to remove it herself.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=762165014 Janette Ocon

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^THISTHISTHIS
      No matter what humans create to prevent something that something WILL KEEP HAPPPENING. It is up to us as a society to deconstruct rape as a societal norm and make it a thing of the past

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248535060 Va Nessa

    Great idea! This will definitely save a lot of women from becoming victims! The uncuttable feature is cool too! Though I could see the problem of trying to get them off in a drunken stupor. Then again I guess I’d take peeing in my pants over getting raped any day!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=647255815 Christina Mc Bride

      They only showed that the straps are resistant to cutting, I’m not sure that the fabric itself is just as strong :/ And it still makes me uncomfortable that we are encouraging women to protect themselves through their garments, there is too much blame about clothing choices already!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000026686792 Nico Berlin

    I think this would be a very good thing in areas of the world where women are oppressed and treated as second-class citizens.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504089056 Laura Richards

      Yes, AR Wear are going to give out their brand spanking new product to all women in developing countries and countries in the Middle East (which are the places you mean, I think- Egypt and Afghanistan just having topped lists of the most dangerous places for women).

      Your comment shows a fundamental lack of understanding of women’s rights in developing countries. On the most basic level, in many countries religion or laws dictate that women can not have sex before marriage, and once married there is no such thing as rape in the eyes of the law..*

      I have traveled extensively in countries where women are not granted equal rights (both legally and socially) and strongly believe that when a woman has the choice between feeding her family and buying a pair of AR Wear undies (unless you are naive enough to believe that AR Wear are altruistic to the extent that they will donate their product for free en masse), they will pick feeding their kids a hundred times over.

      And if you meant AR Wear would be suited for female travelers who are working or traveling through countries, you need to do your research more thoroughly- there are far less attacks on foreigners by locals than there are attacks on local women by locals, despite what sensationalist newspaper headlines would sometimes like you to believe. Speaking recently to a friend who works for the UN, she said in the several years she has been posted overseas, she has not experienced, or heard of, any attacks on personnel by residents. While there are numerous surveys and reports that go some way to indicate levels of sexual violence against women “in areas of the world where women are oppressed and treated as second-class citizens”.

      I’ve actually written my own response to the AR Wear campaign within the context of travel, over at http://wp.me/p2clHA-4J

      *Scarily, even in countries within Europe spousal rape has only recently been acknowledged as possible. Even as recently 2006, four United Nations member states only prosecuted spousal rape when the couple were separated.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=515646903 Liesbeth Verlinden

        Your reply on your own website and the other one you linked to, just say it all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583867321 Taylor Bardsley

    From RAINN:
    2/3 assaults are committed by someone known to the victim
    38% of rapists are committed by a friend or acquaintance
    http://www.rainn.org/statistics
    That’s the part that bothers me: the assumption that most rapes happen by strangers. That you’re pulled into a bush while taking an evening run or coerced on a blind date, and that’s how most assaults occur. Not to say it doesn’t happen, but most sexual assaults occur in a situation that a woman or girl would deem this “protective wear” unnecessary.
    Could this be useful and give some ease of mind? Yes, I’m sure for some, this could. But a better preventive tool may be funding sex education that encompasses sexual assault (or something else that would address the statistical majority of causes of rape and assault).

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=42004534 Ashley Wilhelm

      Someone “known to the victim” includes date rape, which could be someone you just met. “Known” is a very loose term, it doesn’t always been your best friend or colleague. It could be someone who rides the bus with you to school, someone who lives a few blocks away, someone you’ve met at a bar and ran into again, a friend of a friend…and so on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1423590094 Emma Olivia Sedam

    Don’t make safes, we should be stopping people from stealing stuff, not protecting the stuff in the event that someone decides to steal it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=16411157 Nandlale Sukhu

      This is the best comment. Why aren’t more people reading this? Obviously it’s not going to stop it completely, but a deterrent is better than nothing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=75401269 Christiaan Funkhouser

      A. Men. You are my all time favorite person for November 13th 2013!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=514554239 Rachel Lichtman

    I oppose ARWEAR for a simple reason: We should not be teaching women that they are responsible for preventing their own rape; we should be teaching men not to rape in the first place, and advocating for severe consequences if they do.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1607640076 Amy Larson

      I don’t think the innovators of AR would disagree with you. The intent of this product isn’t to tell women that without these AR products, a rape will be their fault, but to help women take a defensive position.

      This product also will not prevent assault. It will only prevent penetration during an assault. But again, the developers of this product understand this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000691211549 Robert Raimondi

      everyone, man or woman, IS responsible of protecting themselves. Doesn’t matter if thats from rape, or a mugging, or driving safely down the road. People are impulsive, self-centered, harmful to one another and themselves. In a few (100) thousand years when we evolve a little bit more we can then stop worrying about protecting ourselves. (assuming we are still around that long down the road).
      There is nothing wrong with a company providing someone with a product that might protect them from the worst of society. Because no matter how well intended our teacher,mentors and parents are, children have the chance to grow into horrible adults.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503859686 Breanna Weaver

    Rape is usually about control not sex… when they can’t take your clothes off to have sex with you, what will stop them from just killing you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=641879730 Rebekah Druszkowski Haniacek

    To be upset that the girls “modeling” the garments are in fact… you know… models… seems like a very silly thing. And yes, that fact that something like this has to be made, because rape is prevalent in our and many other cultures pretty much sucks.

    THAT BEING SAID, if this makes women feel safer when they are out, and if it prevents even one sexual assault or crime of opportunity, the that’s amazing! YAY UGLY PANTIES! :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1607640076 Amy Larson

      I agree! And they really aren’t too bad looking :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000018161593 Sophia Lanza Parkhurst

    i feel like this really encourages victim blaming and puts more responsibility on the woman to “””not get raped”””
    as if society doesn’t put that pressure on all by itself

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=520306846 Andrea Raine

    It is a shame that women have to wear customized clothing ‘just in case’ to feel safer, but doing just that — helping women to feel safer and more empowered –is all that really matters. I still get my keys out when I’m walking to my car at night, and hold my car key between my fingers with the jagged key side sticking out. Women have to be aware of what is happening around them all the time. It is an unfortunate reality. I think the people who made this clothing have the right intentions. I don’t believe it is contributing to fear-mongering. It wouldn’t prevent everything that could happen to a woman, and women would not be wearing this garment all the time, but it would deter a rapist from fully committing a horrific act. The additional confidence that it could give a woman would also likely be visible. I’ve been told that women who walk with purpose, like they’re going somewhere, are less likely to be targeted on the street than women who look more ‘aimless’ and vulnerable. I’m also fairly sure that any woman in that situation would be screaming, kicking and biting her assailant at the same time. We can try to educate men until we’re blue in the face, but sadly I think it will always be an issue, like so many other problems. Rapists have a disease, a real psychological problem. Therefore, people, especially those who are a targeted group, need to have the tools to be more aware and in charge of these kinds of situations when/if they happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1162993565 Andrea Shannon Young

    Wow, sorry to see any negative comments at all. I think this is a fantastic campaign and don’t see how it could hurt. Sure, it may not work everytime, but this is the first thing I’ve seen that could realistically prevent sexual assault. Even if it worked one time, for one woman, then why not? What’s the alternative?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=568306497 Rhi Mapstone

    Just a thought- Drunk girl coming home from a night out, forgetting the lock combo, can’t pee, trapped in underpants, can’t cut them off, can’t get them off. Crying on the bathroom floor in pee soaked pants at 3am. Plus if the fabric is so resistant/tight and you can’t cut it off, how is your vagina suppose to ‘breathe’ through sweaty exercise, summer nights, sweaty dancing etc are you thinking what I’m thinking? sounds like thrush central to me. Yes, I agree with most of you that this only encourages victim blaming. Yes to everything Rachel Lichtman said.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=647103827 Jodie Deignan

      Was totally thinking the same thing- how is someone who is really drunk supposed to remember the combination?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1506810005 Katie Wilcox

    I don’t understand all these comments saying that we should be focused on stopping rape instead of protecting ourselves. OF COURSE the ultimate idea is for rape to be a non-issue and to stop altogether. But should we stop encouraging women to take self-defense classes? Should we stop spreading the knowledge not to walk alone at night? Of course not! Until rape has stopped altogether, women should do everything they can to be prepared and protect themselves!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=33604748 Corrine Marie Hoffend

    I do not think that this encourages victim blaming or puts the responsibility on the women to “not get raped.” It is giving the women protection in case something happens. It is no different than a woman carrying mace or a gun for protection. It would be great if we could just remove all the rapist from the world because they are the problem… but that will never happen. There will always be bad people in the world committing crimes against women…. why not be prepared?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=154100504 Kate Schaeffer

    As a sexual assault prevention coordinator, I totally get all the feedback about focusing on rapists not raping instead of preventing through changing the behavior of those preyed upon. However, prevention for specific individual attacks can be increased (no, not stopped of course) through some protective measures, such as self defense, watching your drink, etc. It doesn’t make a victim culpable for an attack by wearing or not wearing (or not watching your drink, or trusting someone, etc) but if it means one of my students who may have gotten attacked has a full rape prevented, I’ll take it. I think we definitely all need massive culture shifts, changes in society that will take time and effort that is not being supported at large. Until that happens, I’ll take what we can get. When I do trainings, I definitely talk about the benefits of prevention through walking with friends, staying with friends at parties, watching drinks, etc. If one of my students then walks alone or puts down her drink and gets drugged, it is definitely still the fault of the attacker, but if she could have gotten out of the situation that much more quickly, I’m sure she would have taken that opportunity. So I guess I feel that the victim blaming, preventing rapists from existing, and helping someone feel safe are three separate goals of mine, and I see a benefit in moving forward in one of those realms while waiting for the solution to the holistic problem. I’d wear them, and shout “you still have to ask” all over the place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1847181445 Lynda Murphy

    Is it possible that American women are the most criminally stupid women in the world? Why don’t you wear exploding suicide knickers while your at it and take the f**ker out with you as you go. That would rid the world of two problems instantly.
    Would someone please pass the ERA quickly, as women in America do not know they have rights.

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