Rape Prevention Products Only Perpetuate Rape Culture

The products made for women to help prevent sexual assault continue to place the burden on women to ensure they don’t get raped.

By Rachel Wermager

Female condoms with teeth, excessively hairy tights, anti-rape underwear, nail polish that detects date rape drugs: These are just a few of the products being advertised to women to help them prevent being raped.

But as KellyMarie Meek, the Prevention, Community and Campus Engagement Specialist at the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault says, “Rape culture is real and these products perpetuate that culture.”

Rather than businesses profiting form the fear of sexual assault, what needs to happen is education. “There is almost nothing to teach men how to act and that’s what we need—to teach people prevention,” Meek said.