Four students in the US have come up with a nail varnish that changes colour when it detects ‘date rape’ drugs in a drink. Stir the drink with your nails and the tell tale change of colour occurs if rohypnol etc are present.
You have to be kidding me?
But sadly this is real. I’m also sickly amused by the fact that the four students are male. Why? Well, it’s a lot easier to make a nail varnish than make a stand it seems. It’s men doing the raping, it’s men who cause women to feel unsafe walking home.
Excuse the pun but this nail varnish is mere veneer. Rape is an issue that won’t be combatted by nail varnish.
So I’m wearing nail varnish for a week as a statement saying I’m a man and I’m not ok with rape. I personally know too many people who’ve been raped including someone who was robbed at the same time. The perpetrator was caught. And got a longer sentence for the robbery.
I can’t stop rape. I can’t stop people making jokes about rape. But I can make a stand against rape in my own way.
I’ve asked make friends to do this as well. If I was a rock star, movie star etc I’d have 10,000 men with painted nails by dinner time. I’m not but if 50 men do this that’s a lot of people asking why. I’m doing this for a week. I hope I get asked a lot.
It takes no courage to rape. It will take some courage to go into a meeting or the gym with painted nails.
So men reading this, paint ’em up.
Here’s a video I made earlier about this-
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