‘Anti-rape’ underwear stirs up storm of controversy online

National Post | News

A small New York state-based startup gained instant online notoriety over the weekend for marketing a line of locking, rip-proof underwear that the company is dubbing “anti-rape wear.”

“Have you ever been out at night, walking alone, wishing you could feel safer?” says one of the founders of AR Wear of Nyack, N.Y., in an online promotional video.

The product is a pair of form-fitting shorts that employs a “protective skeletal structure” to make it stretch, rip and even cut proof. A small combination lock at the waist keeps the garment from being removed by anyone but the owner.

“We want to make a product that will make women and girls feel safer when out on a first date or a night of clubbing, taking an evening run, travelling in another country or in other potentially risky situations,” says the three-minute video, noting that the product works “even if the…

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