Stay safe and be blinged out all at the same time.
The facts aren’t pretty. On any given college campus, one in four women will be sexually assaulted. In the US alone, a sexual assault occurs every two minutes and 80% of those victims are under thirty-years-old.
I do not believe in victim blaming in any way, shape, or form. I believe every woman has the right to walk anywhere, at any time, in any state of dress (or undress) she so chooses. It’s patently unjust that women should not be allowed to do as they please because there are men who don’t respect women’s rights and autonomy.
Still, I believe in playing the odds and making smart choices. I adhere to the buddy system and steer clear of dark alleys. One day we will change the world. For now, I want every woman to be safe while men are still behaving unacceptably bad.
A new company has come up with a pretty way to handle this very ugly problem, helping to keep women safe. Thanks to mother-daughter team behind Blingsting, pepper spray and personal alarms just got a whole lot snazzier.
After being turned off by the pepper spray key rings her dad brought home from his car wash, Andi Atteberry and her mom wondered if perhaps jazzing such a thing up with all things sparkly would inspire women to use them.
So they created Blingsting, offering blinged out pepper spray sprays and personal alarms that can be easily clipped to a bag or backpack.
The Ahh!-larm is a super glittery personal alarm that comes in black, pink, confetti (read rainbow), or gold. All you have to do is pull the pin and a 120 decibel alarm sounds instantly. (Battery comes pre-installed).
Their pepper sprays come in a rhinestone case of gold, red, silver, grey, pink, black, blue, or confetti stones. They contain a standard 1/2 ounce OC pepper spray (10% concentration – 2 MM SHU) and the case is refillable.
Both items are quite well-made and very good looking in person. They have a nice weight to them without being too heavy to clip or carry. My 15-year-old daughter asked for a set as soon as she saw them and so did my adult friends, which is a very good sign to my mind!
This is definitely more of a femme girl find. And, I want to say again that I don’t think women should have to be armed in order to walk through the public sphere. But the truth is that they do. So if making things a little flashier, inspires women to protect themselves more frequently, then I’m all for it.
The world won’t change as quickly as we would like. And being lesbians can make us even more common targets, depending on where we roam. So whether you choose to arm yourself with all that glitters or to opt for something a little more low-key, I hope you’ll take care of yourself out there.
No woman is safe until all women are safe.
For more visit: http://www.blingsting.com/