An idea more likely to inspire heated opinions than a debating radiator.
Cue outrage. The gear is condemned for making the world seem a more dangerous place than it is; whilst a police officer entering a violent fracas would want a riot shield, and a soldier going into a war zone would want protection, are our streets so risky that women need to put themselves under lock and key? And one critical blogger has even gone so far as to come up with a parodic version of the anti-rape clothing for men.
It could get messy, particularly after a few glasses. But one of the creators of the AR Wear says she was subjected to two attempted rapes, which made her think that preventative clothing could help others in similar situations.
Every so often we still have news reports of rape that focus on what the women were wearing or doing or drinking at the time of their attack. Each of these comments reveal that society still needs to wake up to its smearing of victims.
If these knickers come to market, a woman who opts not to wear them and becomes a victim of rape should not be judged. That people believe this could happen shows just how much society needs to re-think its response to rape. Likewise AR Wear.
But the streets of Britain are far safer than those in many other countries around the world. thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies.
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