Nail polish could detect date rape drugs

Could this nail polish help put an end to date rape?

Four male students at North Carolina State University are developing a nail polish that changes color upon contact with date rape drugs. Simply sticking a finger in your drink could trigger the color change and alert you that your drink has been tampered with. Called “Undercover Colors,” the project has received $11,000 for research and development.

Many people are praising the product, as it could aid women in protecting themselves against date rape and sexual assault, but others say it evades the real problem – that of ending date rape and sexual assault. Instead of averting our attention to how to protect women against date rape, why aren’t we working to stop date rape altogether? Why does the responsibility always fall on women to protect themselves, and not on their perpetrators? Will the date-rape-detecting nail polish just add to the list of things women are expected to do to avoid rape, like dressing a certain way, refraining from drinking and not staying out too late?

Sexual assault remains a problem at Mizzou, with underreporting and lack of police investigation. Are you in favor of the nail polish? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.