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The Medieval Chastity belt is back and has sold out in Germany

Remember these? While some historians claim they did not actually exist in medieval times that has not stopped modern versions being invented. The so-called myth about chastity belts was that Knights would put their wives in them to ensure that they were not unfaithful while they were gone. Looking at the ones on display in museums with all the protruding teeth around the openings they also look well designed for preventing rape. In Germany rape has become a serious concern for German women thanks to Angela Merkel welcoming in men from a culture that actually has a gang rape game called Taharrush.

Ultimately, the chastity belt’s existence as a legitimate historical artifact should be relegated to the category of myth, experts say. However, a recent tech innovation, designed to protect women from sexual assault, has been criticized as a modern reimagining of the chastity belt. AR Wear, “a clothing line offering wearable protection for when things go wrong,” developed underwear and other garments that would be difficult, if not impossible, for an attacker to remove.

The controversial product, which was accused of placing the burden of rape prevention on victims rather than perpetrators, gained notoriety in 2013 after the company launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. AR Wear claimed the garment fabrics could not be ripped or cut, “so that women and girls can have more power to control the outcome of a sexual assault.”

AR Wear reached their funding goal and finalized a prototype in 2015, but currently their products are not commercially available.

-livescience.com

In Germany however a modern version has been commercially produced and has sold out. Their target market is German women who like to jog. Read more »

Isn’t it time that pepper spray was made legal in New Zealand?

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I want to protect myself.  I  would prefer lethal force but failing that I want something that I can use to give me time to get away from the danger.  Pepper spray is the logical answer for non-lethal force to protect the civilian population. Pepper spray can buy women the time they need to escape their rapist.

Later on this year I will be visiting an area in Australia where I will feel very unsafe. One state in Australia allows women to carry pepper spray but the rest don’t. I envy the freedom that American women enjoy. They can arm themselves with real guns as well as with mace and pepper spray. I looked on Amazon and found the perfect weapon.  The brand name is Mace but it is a pepper spray canister inside a gun.  Just point and click, and you can even get a holster to carry  it in.

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pepper spray gun from Amazon.com

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