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This Idea was inspired by another (linked).
First consider a sports bra with wide shoulder straps, which can
fairly comfortable, and also is removed only by pulling it over
head. Next consider panties, which can be fairly comfortable,
and also are removed by pulling them toward the
Consider connecting them. One way (more about this in a bit)
might be to consider a cord that zigzags between them, all the
way around the torso. They cannot now be removed unless the
cord is removed. What if the bra, panties, and cord were made
Kevlar, or synthetic spider silk, or something equally tough, and
locked together? Any man intending to commit rape is going to
have a problem!
If a man controls the lock, then this could be a modern version
a "chastity belt". It probably would not be allowed in most
cultures. If the woman controls the lock then she is in control
sexual access to her body.
In a category on high-tech gadgets, we can consider a lock that
voice-controlled, and it would be tuned to the woman's voice,
course. She would pick whatever pass-phrase she wanted, to
unlock the lock. It could also be a very convenient recording
witness to things said before (and after) the lock is unlocked.
Now we have to consider a final point, which is the fact that
previously-suggested cord is difficult to remove quickly when
wants to remove it quickly, such as when using a restroom. A
relatively simple modification of the overall device is in order.
So, if there was a waist-ring to which the cord from the bra was
permanently attached (removed with bra over the head), and if
the waist-ring was perhaps zippered all around the torso to the
waist of the panties, and the zipper was locked, then that would
allow the panties to be removed reasonably quickly when
We might imagine the incidence of rapes in public toilet stalls
increase if this Invention became widely popular. However,
remember that voice recorder built into the
lock.... If it used electronic memory to store say a week of
voices, before beginning to overwrite the saved data, then the
woman would have plenty of time to psychologically recover
enough, after a rape, to submit the data to the police.
In case of battery failure, the high-tech lock will need an old-
fashioned key as a backup plan.
As mentioned in the main text. [Vernon, Jul 03 2016]
||This could be worked round by chopping bits off until they
use the voice control, by recording the voice control phrase
and by destroying the underwear. Also, I think a week is a
bit of an underestimate,
||I thought it was briefs that won't ride up.
||[nineteenthly], I mentiond "Kevlar or synthetic spider sikl"
specifically to make it difficult to "work around by cutting
bits off". And the woman doesn't need to fully recover
from a rape, to recover enough to report it. Finally, while
a recording of the pass phrase could work to unlock the
lock, that wouldn't turn off the sound recorder...so what
other sounds are on the recording, that might back up the
claim of rape?
||I think the underwear will be incinerated or dissolved in
acid by that point.
||And those are things an average rapist typically carries
||I often try to think of extremes and then work towards
more plausible other options. I'm also conflicted on this.
It interests me as a piece of technology, conceptually as
it were, but it places the
effort required primarily on someone who shouldn't be
having to make that effort owing to not being
responsible. I mean, I do like it as a practical device, but
I'd like to add some kind of response idea which places
the onus on potential perpetrators in some way and
parodies the idea. Right now I haven't got the
imagination to get that together though.
||/ I thought it was briefs that won't ride up. /
The Invasion of Dadbag?
||// [nineteenthly], I mentiond "Kevlar or synthetic spider
sikl" specifically to make it difficult to "work around by
cutting bits off". //
||Cutting bits of the woman off, though? I thought that was
implied by // until they use the voice control //.
||Another workaround: The rapist could just push the
part of the panties to one side. Even if the edges are
reinforced with Kevlar or similar, the flesh they encircle
flexible and squishable.
||(Or, of course, the attacker could just go for a non-
penetrative sexual assault. But your idea didn't claim to
defend against that, so that's not really a fair criticism.)
||And I agree it somewhat puts the onus to prevent rape on
the wrong side. It could even fuel victim-blamers: "You
weren't wearing Vernon's Anti-Invasive Underwear! Are
sure you didn't want it?" But it could still be useful, and I
too think it's an interesting
application of technology. And good on you for trying to
do something about it.