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Undercover Colours: Anti-Date Rape Nail Polish

Thanks to four male undergraduate students at North Carolina State University in America, manicures are no longer just for show.


A new polish called “Undercover Colours” promises to help women prevent sexual assaults by changing colour in the presence of common date-rape drugs.

“Undercover Colours” nail polish will be able to detect date rape drugs by changing colour in the presence of Rohypnol (aka roofies) or GHB (aka G-juice), the two most commonly used date rape drugs in the US.

To see if one of these drugs has been slipped into their drink without knowing, a woman can stir the drink with her finger and see if the nail polish reacts.

The team of inventors behind “Undercover Colours”, Ankesh Madan, Stephen Grey, Tasso Von Windheim and Tyler Confrey-Maloney, have amassed over 100,500 likes on their Facebook page to date where they have also posted:

Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.

For our first product, we are developing a nail polish that changes color when it comes in contact with date-rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB. With our nail polish, any woman will be empowered to discreetly ensure her safety by simply stirring her drink with her finger. If her nail polish changes color, she’ll know that something is wrong.

Whilst this has all been great publicity, there has also been a great deal of criticism too.

There are those who don’t agree with the message that the product portrays, that products like these are distract from the larger efforts aimed at changing society’s tendency to blame the victim.

Whatever the outcome and response to the product, we are just glad that people are taking the matter seriously and trying to come up with ways to help vulnerable women.

We’d love to know what you think.

Does this sound like an excellent idea or just another fad? Would you wear it? Would you feel safer if your daughter or younger sister wore it on a night out?

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