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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  • Alana

    I think this is a great idea… for certain situations. No, I don’t think you can or should have to wear these all the time… but as a runner, I would feel better wearing these. I run on a very popular running path where there are usually plenty of people around… but there have been times when I look around and realize I’m pretty alone. I have mace that straps to my hand and I try to run in the middle of the day for safety… but just recently a girl was raped in broad daylight nearby (it’s a college town… she was just dragged into the bushes). Even if these gave you just a few more minutes to fight back and hope that someone might pass by and come to your aid, I think it would be worth it. To everyone commenting that you should be able to just defend yourself… I think that’s a bit ambitious. I’m 5′ nothing and I think I’d have to dedicate my life to martial arts (or realize I’m the Slayer) to fend off a potential rapist… I’m just very petite and, therefore, rather vulnerable by nature. You can’t live your life in fear, but you have to be realistic… I think it’s great to hope that one day this won’t be an issue… but until then, I’ll take all the help I can get.

  • amber

    As others are saying, it has once again come to woman to protect themselves from rape, rather than telling a man not to rape. (Woman can rape men as well, but lets focus on the fact that this is geared toward girls) While I do agree that men need to be more educated on what rape is and not to do it, I also think its great that at least this company is trying to help woman feel more safe, in a society that has not fully adapted to the idea that men need to be educated on rape. Any form of helping to stop rape, whether it be a product, a physical class, or an educational class, is good.

    • Big Boss

      Obviously rape is wrong but when someone says “it has once again come to
      woman to protect themselves from rape, rather than telling a man not to
      rape” is simply retarded. Most man don’t rape and yet many feminazis
      see every man as at least a potential rapist. We teach our kids to not
      talk to strangers, to not accept candy from strangers. By the same logic
      we shouldn’t be telling this to our kids, we should be teaching adults
      to not kidnap. And why do we put valuable stuff in safes or install
      anti-theft alarms? We should be teaching people not to steal. There will
      always be “bad people” who don’t care about hurting our people. It’s
      not about teaching not to do those things because most people know those
      things are wrong and would never do them.

      The best way to react is teaching people to protect themselves and giving them tools to help doing that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004850650320 Gabriela M. Rodriguez

    Like with every great thing – haters are gonna hate. I think it’s AMAZING! big props to you for creating this! I would buy a piece in a heartbeat!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1273797686 Lisa Gaeta

    my concern is that it leads women to believe that they cannot defend themselves and that they need something or someone else to protect them. we are capable of “active self-defense” and this kind of “passive self-defense”, in my opinion, makes us feel and appear weaker. also, there is no guarantee of safety with these garments, only the prevention of vaginal rape…assault of any kind is so much more than the physical act itself. this is why i’m supporting the “Go Commando” campaign to raise awareness for real-life self-defense for women and girls. check out the campaign here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/go-commando-real-confidence-and-protection

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=596122951 Vera Frances Lugo

    I was struck by the anti-male message the commercial presented by featuring only men trying to break through the underwear. And these were the only males in the video. Are men not also interested in the protection of vaginas?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601201136 Grace Owen

    It’s stupid to dismiss an idea that can help to protect women, they aren’t claiming that it will solve a problem they are simply allowing people to have more protection – feel safer. Unfortunately, you are actually more likely to be sexually assaulted or raped by somebody you know than a stranger on the street. As we are all aware rape shouldn’t exist, but I think to be dismissive of this product is foolish, if they can protect just one woman from rape or sexual assault, I’d say they’re a success.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1052043198 Stephanie Higgins

    Talk about a false sense of security!
    Take the time to learn how to protect yourself if you feel that these are necessary! :)
    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/go-commando-real-confidence-and-protection

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501922151 Jessy Cross

    A shame it’s necessary, but let’s face it, it is- and it’s a fantastic idea! Also liking the idea of travel and running shorts. I think it’s brilliant and look forward to seeing it on the market, but I hope it’s affordable!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1234890174 Katrina Martinez

    Alright, it is definitely valid to say that we should educate people to not rape instead of creating anti-rape clothing. But honestly, is that going to happen overnight? Don’t criticize this company for trying to think of a solution in the meantime. Their goal is protecting people, respect that! Furthermore, do you really think every rapist just wasn’t educated enough? They all were just unaware of how terrible their actions were? Some people are bad people, you can’t make everyone think the way you want them to. And for everyone saying “prevent rape with your actions!”, yeah, that’s NOT going to be 100% foolproof. It would be nice, but no.

    I see nothing wrong with this product, except as someone pointed out, I would absolutely have a hard time getting these off if I was drunk and had to pee.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=613883622 Katie Balk

    I agree with those who see it’s ridiculous to tell women to rely on panties for protection. The truth is, we can protect ourselves! I know, I’ve done it! There’s fabulous non-profit doing an indie-gogo campaign right now that is focused on raising money to give women the skills and confidence to fight back and win… even if they are going commando!
    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/go-commando-real-confidence-and-protection

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=613883622 Katie Balk

      oops didn’t see that the first post went through… sorry for the re-post. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=613883622 Katie Balk

    I’m so happy to see that others out there recognize how ridiculous it is to think that underwear would give you power or protect you. The reality is women already have the power to fight back and more women need to be trained in how to use it (I know it’s possible because I’ve done it)! Fortunately there is another indie-gogo campaign going on that focuses on just that – teaching women to defend themselves, even if they are going “commando.” :) Check out it if you support giving women the tools and confidence to defend themselves! http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/go-commando-real-confidence-and-protection

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

    I am greatly disturbed by the way this video represents rape as sort of an everyday risk that you can arm yourself against by wearing this underwear. Rape is a very serious issue but in most western countries NOT an everyday threat to every woman! It exists, and just like murder and other forms of violence, will never completely disappear. But in this commercial they’re making it look like wearing the underwear is on the same level as putting on mosquito repellant. Maybe not surprising in a country where people think owning a gun will make society safer. But for me personally, the decision to wear this stuff ‘to feel safer’ means that apparantly you believe rape could happen to you anytime. I refuse to believe that that is the case and if you do, we better fight for a society where it isn’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=703295014 Adriana DiPietro

    This seems like a unique idea, but again it’s falling on women to go out of their way and to alter their lifestyle to protect themselves. Maybe we should be handling the perpetrators, and preventing rape from the source. I know women want to be proactive against this sort of thing to prevent being raped, but we shouldn’t have to. There should just be an underlying human respect and decency that makes people check themselves before they assault someone. This frustrates me so much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=802465690 Britney Stewart

    Am I the only one thinking that this would be incredibly difficult to get off if drunk and really have to pee?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708720907 Beatriz Leal Craveiro

      Exactly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1679987143 Kate Bowden

    I would rather be protected by my actions than by my clothing. That’s not to say that a victim’s actions can always prevent rape, but being self-aware, able to defend one’s self, and smart about how you interact with people/who you spend your time with seems like it goes a lot farther towards preventing rape than what clothes you wear. I would rather depend on myself than some mass-produced fabric strapped onto my body.
    That being said, why is anti-rape clothing so skimpy? I understand the idea that women should be able to embrace their sexuality and wear what they want, but I also have to say that it seems smarter to make anti-rape underwear, and then allow women to wear what they want over top of it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10011784 Amber Marchetti

    I’m surprised no one is second-guessing the way this product is being pitched. There is a reason for the controversy. Yes taken at ‘face-value’ it is great there is a yet another product to better protect against rape incidences. However, think about the social implications (or heaven forbid, social repercussions) of marketing a such a sensitive product in this manner. For instance in the video (and pictures) I did not see other models beyond a certain size and sex. Does this mean only women of a certain size are raped? What about men? The issue of rape is a very sensitive subject. There are other less harmful ways to promote such a product. Please look past your rose-colored glasses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000551335079 Jaime Manfra

    I see this as no different than an Arabic Burka. Change the way women dress to fend off rapists? How about if marketers STOP using sex to sell everything? Women can put on a little more clothing (take a lesson from the boys-we’re all experiencing the same weather……if boys can cover their butt cheeks…so can girls). Meanwhile, moms-focus on teaching your boys that life isn’t about getting girls into bed. Girls-dress appropriately (like boys). Boys-there is more to life than sex. End of story. Put away the burka and the chastity belts.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=726885477 Jay Lee

      Unfortunately, rape isn’t about “getting girls into bed.” It’s not even about sex (very counter-intuitive, eh?). It’s about control, dominance, and instilling fear in your victims. To say that rape culture can be prevented by girls being taught to dress more modestly is ludicrous; most girls are assaulted in regular, everyday wear, by people who they know (including relatives). As well, boys are not the only perpetrators of rape; girls rape too. So I only half agree with the sentiment that mothers should teach their sons to value and respect women. Parents should teach ALL their children, regardless of gender, to respect the bodies and personal boundaries of other people, regardless of gender.

      The burqa comparison is also incorrect. Burqa are tools of control forced upon women by religious extremists in order that gendered oppression may take place. Compared to these clothes, where women have full right to buy them or not. The control of their sexuality is in their own hands rather than in the hands of others.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=800115143 Kassandra Ann Vasquez

    I dont see anything wrong with this. It’s a tool to be used as a line of defense and the product is still being developed so they’ve only made one line so far. Im sure they’ll make a men’s a plus size line once they get their funding. And you think american women are stupid? That’s why we get raped? How about my best friend in south african peace corps could really use these! Because rape there isnt a crime and i’m sure shell find herself alone in a vulnerable position at some point. She’s a fighter but the more protection the better. May as well criticize a bullet proof vest! These arent rape proof but they will help.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=671355176 Preston Hau

      Glad I’m not the only one who feels that clothing DOES matter to whether a woman gets raped or not. I’m not condoning rape. It’s one of the most disgusting and immoral thing anyone could ever do, but it happens. People will want to do that, even though it’s wrong (same goes for drugs and other crimes). So to dress yourself in a way that attracts predators is only making yourself my vulnerable. Making clothes that makes women less susceptible to rape is a wonderful thing. I would compare this to, say, a chain on your wallet that hooks onto your belt. If I have a nice wallet and people can see it, I’m more vulnerable to robberies. Why not find a way to lessen that chance? Anyways, thanks for not blaming men for all the evils in the world!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=616484318 Lauren Elizabeth

        I don’t think Kassandra is saying there is a correlation between a woman’s clothing and the likelihood of her getting raped, I think she is just saying that this is a good idea as an extra form of defense just as one might carry mace–“the more protection the better.” You say, “If I have a nice wallet and people can see it, I’m more vulnerable to robberies.” It is bullshit to recommend that women dress a certain way to make themselves “less rapeable.” And in response to “Why not find a way to lessen that chance?” How about we teach men about consent–that they are NEVER entitled to sex and that no means no, no matter if a woman is wearing a short skirt or bunny pajamas. No one here is blaming men for “all the evils in the world”–just rape, because if we’re looking at which gender is more responsible for it, it is clearly men.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=800115143 Kassandra Ann Vasquez

    It’s a great idea. What you wear on top of this or look like has nothing to do with it. I could wear these while out late night grocery shopping in my sweats and not feel like a target. Granted you’ve already got your mace and other defense mechanisms but this is a great last line of defense to keep from being defiled if over powered. I’d want my daughter to wear one walking home from school or going to college parties. It’s a great safety net.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543696851 Emma Mueller

    Why is there any controversy over this? It’s a wonderfully smart product! Stopping rape will not happen overnight. Or in a year. Or probably even ever, let’s be honest. But, in the meantime, someone has created a smart product for women who want to feel safe. To help prevent rape. They never said anywhere that this will absolutely prevent rape from happening, so nobody should jump to that conclusion. Stop reading between the lines. It’s a good idea, and you know it.

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