undercover-colours

One thing women never seem to be able to do without is nail polish and now four amazing North Carolina State University students have created a polish that can detect a date rape drug in a drink.

The invention is known as the “Undercover Colors” as the polish changes color once dipped into the liquid. It’s been made to detect common date rape drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid). Those with it on would simply stir their drink with their polished finger, if the color changes, it indicates presence of the drugs.

While the polish has yet to hit the market or get FDA approval, the students are hoping it will be one step in protection women from predators.

The team behind the Undercover Colours nail polish: Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Stephen Gray, Ankesh Madan, and Tasso Von Windheim

The team behind the Undercover Colours nail polish: Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Stephen Gray, Ankesh Madan, and Tasso Von Windheim

“We wanted to focus on preventive solutions, especially those that could be integrated into products that women already use,” said Ankesh Madan, co-creator of the polish. “All of us have been close to someone who has been through the terrible experience [of date rape], and we began to focus on finding a way to help prevent the crime.”

Surprisingly feminists are critical of the invention and a blog called Feministing pointed out that date rape drugs “are not used to facilitate sexual assault all that often. While exact estimates vary, it’s safe to say that plain old alcohol is the substance most commonly used in drug-facilitated rape.”

Feministing observed that the nail polish is yet another item to add to a growing list of gimmicky-seeming precautions that includes anti-rape underwear and pepper spray cameras which do little more than “delude” women into believing they’re safe from sexual violence.

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