August 2012

Straw developed to prevent date rape

While every tool like this is helpful, it doesn’t even begin to address the problem at its heart.

Two scientists—both male scientists, which might be interesting to know—are working on a date rape prevention straw. I kid you not.

The straw will apparently glow if you dip it in your drink and a date rape drug is present in the liquid. So now, in addition to whistles, pepper spray, a monkey wrench, and a taser, we women are expected to bring our own straws to the party.


Look, it’s not that I don’t appreciate this device; thank you to the two scientists who are looking out for our drinks and our well-being. You have good intentions in mind and when you can’t prevent something from occurring, well, at least you have this as a backup.

But prevention is really what we have to focus on, and aside from making women carry around this entire backpack of gear to help protect themselves from being raped, we have not yet focused on that yet. Prevention is super easy, by the way; it goes like this:

Don’t rape.