Underwear with locks is designed to protect women against rape
AR Wear’s indiegogo campaign
A new women’s garment company is developing a line of stylish rape resistant clothing. Have gender relations come to this?
The company, a little start up in Nyack, New York, is crowdfunding its project on Indiegogo and says on its website that it wants to make women feel safer wherever they are or whatever happens to them. To accomplish that, AR Wear is pretty much reclaiming the chastity belt with the mother of all control top pants. Each pair of boy-cut undies is secured with three bands, one around the waist and one on each leg that are very difficult to cut. The pants have a kind of impenetrable modesty panel to cover the business bits. There’s even a lock on the waist, which can only be unlocked using two hands (thus preventing the attacker from restraining his would be victim with the other). These knickers are not coming off in a hurry.
“We wanted to offer some peace of mind in situations that cause feelings of apprehension, such as going out on a blind date, taking an evening run, “clubbing”, traveling in unfamiliar countries, and any other activity that might make one anxious about the possibility of an assault,” says the fundraising website, which so far has amassed about 60% of the $50,000 worth of start up money it needs to finish its prototype. Its motto: “A clothing line offering wearable protection for when things go wrong.”
The idea has been met with a range of responses from open mockery to accusations of blaming the victim to a sort of wary acceptance. But the fact that some women felt the need to invent such a garment indicates that male-female relations have reached a new nadir. Getting raped is no longer considered a horrible but extremely unlikely happenstance; it’s now more like getting pickpocketed—an occurrence that only the very naive fail to guard against.
(MORE: Nearly A Quarter of Men In Some Asian Countries Admit To Rape)
Anti-rape undies aren’t even the only innovation in this area. In South Africa, a female doctor came up with a barbed condom-like device women could wear inside their vaginas that would clamp down on anything that found its way in there. A startup called DrinkSavvy has raised funds for a line of straws and glassware that will change color if a drink has been adulterated with a date-rape drug and hopes to release its first products in December. Earlier this year, Indian students came up with underwear that gave would- be attackers an electric shock. Way back in 2005, some Swedish students devised an anti-rape belt buckle, but it didn’t go into production.
While rape stats are less than reliable, studies generally agree that between 15% and 20% of women in the U.S. have been raped at least once, and a disturbing report from the United Nations recently revealed that a quarter of Asian men admitted to forcing girlfriends or wives to have sex against their will. (Most experts on rape believe that the crime is massively undercounted because so few victims report it.) Both those are dreadfully high numbers, but there are signs that the trend may be on the decline. A March 2013 report from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Statistics found that from 1995 to 2010, the estimated annual rate of female rape or sexual assault declined 58%, from 5.0 incidents per 1,000 females age 12 or older to 2.1 per 1,000.
So why the need for anti-rape panties now?
Perhaps the reason is hidden in the other surprising set of statistics about rape. Sexual assaults happen less often outside or in a strange place than they do in the home of the victim or the aggressor. And according the U.S. Justice Bureau’s figures, fewer than a quarter of all rapes are committed by a person who is a stranger to the victim. Most rapists are a family member, a friend, a former partner or even a boyfriend. When the putative rapists are not hardened criminals, but people we know and hang out with, the potential for rape seems to be much greater and the safety measures much less effective. Ironically, although the creators of the anti-rape panties recommend them for use in new or strange situations, it’s familiar ones that pose the greater threat.
(MORE: What Bystanders Can Do to Stop Rape)
The vast majority of men, obviously, are not rapists, but unfortunately the ones who are don’t tend to advertise the fact, and in the case of disputed date rapes would not even acknowledge the fact. Highly publicized sexual assaults such as the case in Steubenville Ohio, in which a high school girl was raped after she drank too much or the one in Maryville, Missouri, in which a girl believed she had been raped even though the justice system didn’t agree, have left women feeling vulnerable and with few places of sanctuary.
Perhaps what is needed then is not so much Anti-Rape undies but Consent Undies — boxers or briefs men agree to wear that only the women can undo, whenever they feel ready to do so, with the consent of both parties. Of course, someone’s going to have to come up with a heck of a marketing campaign to sell that idea to the guys.
Anti-rape underwear: Do women really need to put themselves under lock and key? | The Independent
Anti-rape underwear: it’s made for a Twitterstorm. An idea more likely to inspire heated opinions than a debating radiator. Only it’s not just a concept.
Anti-rape knickers have not only been designed, but their American creators have already crowdfunded more than their target $50,0000 needed to get the pants – complete with cut-resistant fabrics, a “reinforced skeletal structure” around the crotch, and combination locks around the thighs – from prototype to the shelves.
Cue outrage. It’s being dubbed a modern-day chastity belt, and one that blames victims of rape, rather than rapists. 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?
Some believe the “AR Wear” could make an awful situation even worse: would a rapist confronted with the clothing turn even more violent, to devastating effect?
And one critical blogger has even gone so far as to come up with a parodic version of the anti-rape clothing for men. “Since many sexual assaults are tied to student and professional athletes, these items will include a sound chip in helmets that plays on constant loop that simply states, “don’t rape anyone,” whilst businessmen could wear a “tie version” with audio reminders, “Remember! Don’t be a rapist!”
Then there are those tweeters who focus on the anti-rape gear’s practical problems – like what if the pants-wearer forgot her own combination. It could get messy, particularly after a few glasses.
It’s easy to mock a new idea. 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. In the investment pitch, AR Wear’s designers say they know that “rape is about as wrong as it gets” and that “the only one responsible for a rape is the rapist”. The kit isn’t aimed at changing society’s views of rapists or of their victims, but a practical measure to help save its wearers from dangerous, potentially life-threatening, sexual assault.
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. We need to stop confusing people’s levels of crime prevention with blaming victims for what has been done to them: if someone forgets to padlock their belongings in the gym locker, or neglects to password-protect their smartphone, then sees their belongings being stolen, it’s not their fault – although using the locks is one way to prevent crime.
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.
But if a police officer enters a riot scene sports a bulletproof vest, it isn’t regarded as an incitement to shooting.
Likewise AR Wear. In an ideal world, it wouldn’t have to exist. But we don’t live in an ideal world. Most women in this country wouldn’t want to pull on these pants of a morning. But the streets of Britain are far safer than those in many other countries around the world. And if some women feel safer and happier putting themselves under lock and key, others shouldn’t judge them.
10 Crazy Pieces Of Historical Underwear
Fashion has never been straightforward or logical. In fact, it has often been downright weird. Clothing and styles have changed through the centuries, including something that we regard as completely normal and commonplace today: underwear. So pull up your underpants, and get ready for 10 crazy pieces of historical underwear that you’ll be happy you don’t have to wear today.
10 Subligaculum And Strophium
Everyone who had Latin in school might have heard the Latin phrase Semper ubi sub ubi. Translated into English, it means “always where under where.”
Women’s underwear in ancient Rome could easily be seen as the great-great-grandfather of today’s bikini. Women wore a strophium, a tight leather band to hold and compress the breasts. It was quite fashionable to have small breasts and large hips, so the strophium helped women to achieve their desired look.
There were no real underpants, but the subligaculum was worn by athletes as well as slaves (basically by everyone who had to do hard work in the Sun). It is strangely reminiscent of a diaper, but it was a loincloth made of wool or leather. The subligaculum was not worn by everyone. It was completely normal to wear nothing under your toga (as long as you wore a toga).
It was only around 1830 that women began to wear pantalets and drawers. In the Middle Ages, women did not wear undergarments at all, and in the 19th century, pantalets were only worn by upper-class ladies. Even if pantalets were some kind of underwear, they were crotchless and made of two separate pieces that were tied together over the hips.
Pantalets were not used to cover up everything but to show the intricate and rich embroidery at the legs when a lady’s skirts flew up. Even the sewing on the underwear became a kind of status symbol. If you could afford them, you were rich and fashionable. If you couldn’t, you were a poor middle-class or lower-class woman who had to hold her skirts down.
8 Silk Stockings
Silk stockings were not really an undergarment but were very important when you wore nothing else under your skirts. In the 16th century, women wore stockings under their gowns, mostly made from wool or linen.
This changed on New Year’s Day 1560 when Queen Elizabeth received a pair of silk stockings as a present. She liked them so much that she ordered seven pairs in diverse colors. As a fashionable lady, you wanted to look like the queen. Every woman who could afford them wore silk stockings under her skirts, and the trend soon spread across Europe.
It is interesting to know that the representative function of stockings reappeared during World War II. Due to the shortage during the war, there were no more stockings. So if you were able to find stockings, you were much admired.
Of course, every woman wanted to have them. Therefore, women came up with the idea of simply painting stockings directly on their legs. Stockings around that time had a dark, long seam at the back of the leg which ran all the way down. Women simply took a brush and painted one black line on each of their legs. This style even achieved its own term: “glamor hose.”
The chemise was a simple, loose-falling dress worn under daily clothes throughout the Middle Ages. It was worn by both men and women and was the only piece of clothing that was washed regularly.
In the 1780s, Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, introduced the chemise as a normal gown as a contrast to the restrictive court fashion. But the chemise a la reine fell out of fashion shortly after the queen’s head fell in the revolution.
Surprisingly, it only took a few years for a similar-looking chemise to rise again. In the Empire period, a flowing, nearly transparent chemise was worn, looking very much like a tunic. In fact, it was so transparent that flesh-colored underwear was worn underneath to make you look almost completely naked.
6 Teddy Or Camiknickers
The teddy first appeared in the 1910s but became popular 10 years later in the Roaring Twenties. It covered the torso and crotch in one piece and could be either close-fitting or loose depending on the dress worn over it.
Especially in the ’20s, women wanted to look like they wore nothing underneath their dresses and teddies were tight enough to conform to the body like modern shapewear. In the 1920s, designers started to focus on the look of undergarments and included decorative elements like lace or ribbons.
The design of the teddy survived World War I and World War II. It was still comfortable even when wearing trousers, and our swimsuits today are direct descendants of the teddy.
5 Early Bra
Women all over the world should be thankful to Mary Phelps Jacob. She invented what many women wear every day: the bra.
While Jacob prepared for a debutante ball in Manhattan at 19 years old, she became quite frustrated. The fashion of her time was made for slim figures and featured plunging necklines. For a well-endowed woman like Jacob, this presented a big problem. Parts of her corset always peeked out of her dress.
Out of necessity, she and her maid did some sewing and the result was the first bra. The mother of the bra patented her work in 1914 when it was nothing more than two tissues sewn together.
However, her invention came just at the right time. When World War I broke out, the metal used in corsets was needed. Women were freed from the corset and presented with the much more comfortable bra.
Corsets were a key piece of both women’s and men’s clothing for over three centuries, much longer than any other undergarment. They first became fashionable in the 16th century and were made of iron.
In Elizabethan times, the iron shifted to whalebone. This was not the bone of the whale but its teeth, the filter system used to extract krill from the water. One of the reasons that whales are endangered animals is due to the excessive hunting of them for whalebone during “corset times.”
The style and shape of corsets shifted through the centuries from a low, cone-like waistline in the Elizabethan era to an hourglass shape in Victorian times. During Victorian times, the waists were laced tightly in the extreme.
Empress Elisabeth of Austria was said to possess a waistline of 41 centimeters (16 in). It took several more years for doctors to discover the health issues connected to the use of corsets. They were only abandoned after World War I broke out.
3 Menstrual Belts
The menstrual belt was invented around 1900 to make women’s lives easier. The woman was supposed to wear a belt around her hips with a removable pad attached to it. In the beginning, the pad was often made of wool and had to be washed repeatedly.
In 1913, “sanitary napkins” were invented. They could be thrown away after each use. The menstrual belt made way for the menstrual panty in the 1950s and finally progressed to the pads we know today, which were invented in the 1980s.
In earlier times, women used all kinds of absorbent materials: grass, hay, sponges, and rabbit skins. The ancient Egyptians even had tampons made of softened papyrus.
2 Radioactive Underwear
Before the effects of radioactivity were fully understood, people believed it to be a treatment for everything. From the 1920s to the 1950s, radium could be found in cosmetics, food, and even underwear.
Advertisements claimed that problems in the bedroom could be solved with the “Radiendocrinator,” or “radium underwear.” Although it may sound idiotic to consider radioactive underwear as a treatment, radioactivity was something completely new and natural in those times.
Radium exists in hot springs, which were considered extremely healthy as well, so the hype for this “new discovered, natural wonder” is more understandable. Both men and women bought “glowing underwear” or stuffed radioactive pads inside their underpants.
1 Chastity Belts
The chastity belt was used in the 16th century to prevent sexual intercourse or masturbation. Originally, it was designed for women and made of iron (sometimes even with spikes). There are several myths claiming that women were forced to wear chastity belts during the Crusades when their husbands were far away and could not watch over their faithfulness.
Lost after the Renaissance period, chastity belts were rediscovered in the late 18th century when masturbation was considered to be unhealthy. They were used as medical treatments for both men and women.
Some women also used chastity belts in the 1920s as “anti-rape” devices. Some recent authors have claimed that the chastity belt was never used in medieval times and that the depiction of chastity belts was simply satirical or fake.
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Woman wears metal underwear to protest against sexual harassment, goes into hiding
Kabul: Afghan performance artist Kubra Khademi was just 4 years old the first time she was molested by a stranger on the street, and recalls thinking one thing: “I wish my underwear was made of iron.”
So more than 20 years later she donned a suit of armour with large breasts and buttocks and wore it on the streets of Kabul to protest Afghanistan’s endemic harassment.
The eight-minute performance was not well received: She is now in hiding and afraid for her life. But after a lifetime of being pinched and prodded on the streets — and being told to keep quiet about it — the 27 year old is determined to break her deeply conservative society’s silence on sexual harassment.
Women, even those who wear the all-encompassing burka, regularly endure verbal abuse and unwanted touching in Afghanistan, where the fight for gender equality is still in its infancy. After more than a decade of activism, girls are still sold into marriage, domestic violence goes largely unpunished, and few women occupy positions of public responsibility.
Khademi was four when a stranger touched her bottom while she was walking to a shop near her family’s home in Quetta, Pakistan, where they had joined a tide of refugees fleeing war and the brutal rule of the ultra-conservative Taliban. She was molested in the streets on many other occasions throughout her life, including one instance shortly after she had returned to Afghanistan in 2008 to take entrance exams to study fine arts at Kabul University.
On that occasion, she screamed, assuming someone would come to her aid. Instead, the crowd turned on her.
“All the people stared at me and even started yelling at me: ‘You whore! How dare you scream! Did you enjoy it?'” Khademi told The Associated Press.
“Nobody saw that man. Maybe he was among the people shouting at me. This stuff happens daily and I see it. But if I am a ‘good girl’ I shouldn’t say it, not to my mother, not to my brother, I shouldn’t say it in public. But I will say it.”
The repeated harassment and other deeply personal experiences inform her exhibitions, which can take years to evolve and yet last just minutes. A late 2013 performance at a Kabul gallery, which many viewers found distressing, consisted of her slapping both sides of her own face for almost an hour. She said she wanted to highlight her country’s tolerance of violence after more than 30 years of war.
Ahead of her Feb. 26 suit of armor performance, she spent four months interviewing women about sex, sexuality and identity. Many stories were about cruelty and loss, but none of the women seemed to own their own experiences, she said.
“What I felt was the same: women do not have the right to enjoy, and should not have the right to enjoy. It’s like food — you desire to eat, but good women should not talk about it, good women should not enjoy it, good women should not have the right to think of it as her right,” she said.
There undoubtedly have been improvements since the U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban in 2001. Billions of dollars in aid have poured into projects aimed at cutting maternal mortality rates, boosting women’s access to health care and schooling, and educating police and the judiciary in enforcing constitutional guarantees of equality.
Khademi said the angry reactions from both men and women to her performance — including death threats and accusations that she is an American spy — are proof that Afghan society is changing.
But change is slow, and fear of change remains deeply entrenched.
When she put on the suit of armor and returned to the crowded Kabul neighborhood where she had been harassed in 2008, the crowd turned on her again. People threw stones and threatened to beat her, and after just eight minutes she declared the performance over and returned to her car, which was surrounded and damaged by the angry mob.
But amid the melee at least one person seemed to understand the message.
“Look at that girl,” she recounted a boy saying who was about 10, not much older than she had been on that distant day in Quetta. “She doesn’t want to be touched.”
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The Best Male Chastity Device For… First Time Chastity Slaves
If you or your partner are looking for your first ever male chastity device, there’s probably a few important factors which you are keeping in mind. You probably want something which is easy to put on and remove, so you can learn the basics without having to worry about accidentally fastening a lock or sealing a ring incorrectly.
You might also consider something comfortable and lightweight. Yours or your partner’s chaste, locked up penis will need time to adjust to carrying this new weight as well as to the brand new feeling of material rubbing against it throughout the day. Therefore, you don’t want to start out with something too heavy or intense. For this reason, many newbies like to go with a silicone model.
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The Watchful Eye
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Its clear color allows the keyholder to keep an eye on the chastity slave’s penis at all times, to make sure that your man is not trying to sneakily touch himself during his first ever period of chastity.
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The Good Things [Don’t] Cum in Small Packages is lightweight and easy to both put on and remove. But wait, there’s more! You’ll also get to choose between three colors: red, white and transparent.
Unlike The Watchful Eye, this features some holes in the design which allow the penis to “breathe”. Chastity practitioners will definitely appreciate this as it it extremely easy to clean.
In addition, it is made with a super strong internal locking system, so there’s no need to worry about him managing to break the padlock and escape. You also don’t have to worry about replacing the padlock if it breaks or wears down. That’s gotta be a huge relief for keyholders everywhere!
The Best Cock Cage For… Wanting to Try Out Metal
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Name: Eyes On Her Prize
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The Eyes On Her Prize lightweight design, which is centered around a series of rods and rings, is not a significant increase in weight over our lighter silicone models, and still remains easy to put on and remove.
This is the number one reason why it is a great place for you to start if you want to try this. The design is also focused on smoothness, so it will not chafe or pinch the sensitive skin of yours or your partner’s locked-up penis.
The name “Eyes On Her Prize” came from the fact that a keyholder can easily observe her (or his!) partner’s penis through the elegant design – compared by many companies to the bars of a birdcage or pet kennel. This allows for plenty of teasing both verbal and physical throughout the day. As yet another added bonus, it also makes this extremely easy to clean!
Jailhouse Cock and Real Steel Feel
Both the Jailhouse Cock and Real Feel take the classic CB6000 design and recast it in sleek stainless steel.
These devices will cover yours or your partner’s entire penis, leaving only a few tiny slits which will allow for urination and serve as “breathing holes”.
While their design might seem intense, both of these are in fact quite easy to use as well as extremely smooth. There is not a single sharp edge to be found anywhere on either of these. In addition, they are highly temperature-sensitive, allowing you to play around with hot and cold sensations during your chastity games.
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Mistress’s Little Prisoner
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Material: Stainless Steel
Size: 1. 77/2.36 Inches
Our best-selling Mistress’s Little Prisoner model is our smallest one currently available. The number one reason why we think the Mistress’s Little Prisoner design is perfect for sissies because of how little it even resembles a penis.
The squat, tiny design looks like nothing more than a cute little mushroom. We’ve found that if you leave his penis in there for long, you’ll forget there’s a penis in there to begin with!
Of course, like all of our humiliation focused devices, the Mistress’s Little Prisoner is extremely easy to put on and remove. After all, sissy little chastity slaves need to have even the simplest tasks explained and laid out for them step by step, don’t they? The design is also smooth and sleek and will not irritate even the most sensitive of sissy skin.
The Best One For… Wanting Something A Little More EXTREME!
So far, we’ve gone over the best selling ones for newbies and other chastity novices. But what if you or your partner has been securely caged for a while, and has given consent for something extreme to spice up your male chastity BDSM focused sex life?
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The Constant Reminder model is one of our best selling products, and for good reason! It offers unparalleled intensity with its solid, heavy design which covers the entire penis.
He will constantly feel the unaccustomed weight on his penis – as he goes about his day, there will be absolutely zero chance of forgetting or ignoring the presence of his cage.
The Constant Reminder features a modern internal locking mechanism, meaning there are no padlocks to deal with. Simply put it on, and watch him longing as the heavy cage reminds him of his predicament. Here at Lock the Cock, we truly do offer something for all men!
Shock the Cock
The Shock the Cock is our one of a kind electrified device. You will not find something like this anywhere else! The Shock the Cock takes our classic silicone CB6000 design and attaches it to a small, discreet electrical device.
The keyholder will have access to a remote control which can deliver shocks to their partner’s caged penis whenever they’ve been bad and need a little punishment.
The remote which the keyholder will receive allows them to control everything from the intensity of the electric shocks to their frequency and duration. You or your partner can even choose between several exciting pre-set modes, which will deliver shocks at varied intervals without the keyholder having to lift a finger!
This one of a kind electrified device is one of our best selling models for a reason. It opens up a world of new opportunities when it comes to discipline, teasing and punishment. We guarantee that the Shock the Cock will add an entirely new dimension to your male chastity lifestyle!
The Best Chastity Device… Parties, Fetish Events, and Other Group Gatherings
More often, your male chastity cage is like a secret kept between yourself and your keyholder. You go about your day in normal clothes with it sneakily hidden underneath. Then, when you arrive home at the end of the day, you expose your cage to your keyholder’s eyes only. It exists for his or her pleasure and no other purpose.
However, what if you and your partner decide to take your chastity lifestyle out into the wide world? Show it off at a bondage or fetish party, perhaps, or take it to a club where they are part of the allowed dress code? Or perhaps you just need something extra nice for an informal event at home where your keyholder shares you with all of her Dominant friends?
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Put a Ring On It
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Material: Stainless Steel
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TEXT : Yunna Vradiy
Last week we talked about how clothes have changed the look of breasts and the way women live. With the invention of the bra, we gained more freedom. Throughout its almost 150-year history, it, like its predecessor, the corset, has changed in accordance with the requirements of society. In a society where women have the right to vote, choosing lingerie to fit their figure, lifestyle and ideas about sexuality has become easier.
The London Science Museum houses the first bra designed for breast enlargement. Thick cups of linen from the 80s of the XIX century and a pair of round liners carried about the same functionality as today’s Wonderbra. And if now you won’t surprise anyone by wearing a fake bra, then 250 years ago it was an innovation and required a certain ingenuity and even courage. Until 1907, when the first bra appeared in American Vogue, wearing this lingerie was an exclusively private history: bras were sewn at home or in private ateliers and they were available only to the richest and most determined.
First patented bra
Many fashion designers of the early 20th century claimed their involvement in the invention of the bra. It is impossible to find out for certain who was the first, but it is absolutely possible to say that the first to patent the bra was guessed in 1910 by a resident of New York, Mary Phelps Jacobs. It all started with the fact that Jacobs did not want to hold the next ball, suffocating in a tight corset. To replace him, Jacobs came up with a simple design consisting of a pink satin ribbon and a pair of silk handkerchiefs.The maid was entrusted to sew everything into a single whole. Later, on the basis of this model, one of the first universal bras was developed, allowing women to go in for sports, live an active life, breathe deeply, and feel free. Mary Phelps Jacobs sold the patent to Warner Corset Company for $ 1,500. If she had chosen royalties, she could have made a fortune – the company has earned $ 15 million in mass production of bras in several years.
Sweet Dreams Bra
In the 50s, the hard cone bras with a hard cup were replaced by softer and more pleasant to wear. The first model of this kind was the Sweet Dreams bra. It was initially positioned as a model that can (and, according to the creators, should) be worn 24 hours a day in order to save the shape of the mammary glands. Today, the use of a bra in the prevention of sagging breasts is called into question. It is believed that from constant wearing of a bra, the muscles of the chest lose their tone. In the 50s, no one knows about this yet, everyone watches films with the young Brigitte Bardot and wants a Sweet Dreams model “like hers.”
Marilyn Monroe Secret Bra
A bet that has played twice on Monroe.The first – due to the walk-through comedy “The Seven Year Itch” (1955), which, however, went down in history due to the scene with a white dress with an American armhole fluttering over the ventilation of the subway. The bra was responsible for the impressive volume of the bodice and the seductive hollow in the neckline. The second time was in 2009, when a bra was put up for auction, in which, apparently, Monroe starred in this film. The model with additional double shoulder straps, wire frame and volumizing cups explained why the breast size was so different in the photo in the nude and in clothes.The latter made Monroe in our eyes a simple earthly woman who, like many, was not sure of her natural forms and resorted to various tricks.
In the 60s, the Balconette (“balcony”, French) model appeared, also known as the Demi Cup. The rigid steel-boned construction is designed to support the breasts while leaving them half naked. In the USSR, they learn about her existence thanks to the 1964 film “Angelica, the Marquis of the Angels”, after which the model immediately receives a name in honor of the main character.Against the background of nondescript utilitarian products of the Soviet light industry, the imported “Angelica” looks like a real work of art. To get at least one model of “Angelica” was considered a great success in life.
First Jogbra Sports Support Top
Some of the first models of bras that replaced the corset were created, among other things, for athletes who were much freer in the new model of underwear. However, the Jogbra sports support top as we imagine it was invented in 1977 by Lisa Lindahl, Polly Simt and Hinda Miller.It was originally a dedicated running model. However, a few years later, she also came in handy for the followers of Jane Fonda and her aerobics. Today, innovative bras from large companies are tested for breast movement during various types of physical activity, sewn from high-tech materials so that tops keep their shape after thousands of washes. Sports bras are comfortable, technologically advanced and can be worn like a crop top. Thus, sports bras are gradually replacing the usual bras against the background of the growing popularity of sportswear (Activewear), which becomes everyday.
Bras “Bullet” and “Cone” Jean-Paul Gaultier
Bullet Bra was extremely popular in America in the 40s and 50s. This is due to the images of pin-up heroines, called upon by their deliberate sexuality and literally protruding breasts to cheer up American soldiers during the Second World War. Later, in Hitchcock’s films, you can see “dangerous” heroines, whose sharp bras will cut the nap of their mohair sweaters. To completely fill the nonphysiological conical shape of the “bullet” cup, the girls had to fill it with everything from cotton wool to socks.The most memorable version of the bullet, however, was her comeback in the 90s, when Jean-Paul Gaultier prepared Madonna’s provocative stage costume series for Madonna’s 1990 Blond Ambition tour, developing the idea of underwear as outerwear. Gaultier transformed the corset from a constricting object into a symbol of sexual power, presenting the female body in public space not for sexual arousal, but for aggressive self-expression. The most memorable items were silk pink and gold corsets with tapered cups.Following Madonna, bullet bras and cones are starting to be worn as common wardrobe items – over T-shirts and blouses. Later Gaultier and Madonna returned to this model more than once, showing its new topical interpretations. In 1999, What Katie Did, a vintage lingerie brand, brought Bullet Bra back into production. The trend is being picked up by fashion brands and the mass market, and now the “bullet” can be bought at the Diesel store and at the Marks and Spencer department store.
The first push-up with pads for extra volume Wonderbra was “invented” back in 1964 by Louise Poirier as part of her work for the Canadian lingerie manufacturer Canadelle.However, Wonderbra became a sensation and a source of millions of dollars in sales worldwide only in the early 90s. Aggressive marketing played an important role in this. In 2011, the British agency Outdoor Media Center conducted a poll, according to which the greatest print advertisement of all time was the 1994 “Hello Boys” billboard with Czech model Eva Herzigova wearing a Wonderbra bra. At that time, the number of advertising sites advertising the famous push-up was limited, since many of them became the cause of accidents: drivers who looked at Herzigov stopped following the road. The attitude towards Wonderbra has been mixed over these 50 years. On the one hand, apart from sexual provocation, such a model looks spectacular with many feminine things and often helps the figure to look proportional. On the other hand, this is pure deception, because, for example, putting on a blende for a date, a girl “promises” a breast several sizes larger than her real one: in the dark Middle Ages, such tricks as mouse hair eyebrows could mislead someone , but in this age of electricity, they can look somewhat ridiculous.
Hot Fantasy Bra
Since 1996, Victoria’s Secret has been releasing the crown of its lingerie collection every year – a bra with precious stones. Since 2001, a hybrid of the light and jewelry industry has been shown on the catwalk as the closing show. Demonstrating Hot Fantasy Bra is a great honor for the model. Heidi Klum received it three times, Gisele Bundchen, Tyra Banks, Karolina Kurkova and Adriana Lima – twice. The most famous advertising image with this model belongs to the very first – Million Dollar Miracle Bra, which was filmed with Claudia Schiffer. And the most expensive piece of underwear in history (worth $ 15 million) was put on by Gisele Bundchen in 2000. It is difficult to relate unequivocally to this phenomenon. Obviously, this is purely a marketing product and its purpose is to advertise “Victoria’s Secret panties and bras for a couple of bucks”: no one has ever bought any of the Hot Fantasy Bras. And even so it is not clear whether this is an expensive frame for a priceless breast, or whether the mammary glands are treated exclusively as an object for clever decorations.
Bra as an art object
It is difficult to choose a specific model. A whole wave of artists appeared, the brightest – Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, who began to present themselves in a grotesque style, and wardrobe items, including underwear, often transform in their style from the field of sex to the field of modern pop art. Whether it’s automatic bras from Lady Gaga or cups of a bodice in the form of cupcakes from Katy Perry – all this is an ironic understanding of the power, strength, appetizing of women, pardon the expression, delights. Are sexy beauties tired of everyone? Okay! Let’s bring sexuality to the point of absurdity, make symbols the most obvious, and make secondary sexual characteristics hypertrophied. Let’s laugh at ourselves before everyone else, so that others will be discouraged. The home version of this choice is demonstrated by millions of girls around the world, preferring a funny hebe with the image of SpongeBob or donuts to the pathetic red lace.
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To make the front door unapproachable for uninvited guests and well insulated from noise, it should be “strengthened” as much as possible. There are several ways to do this, and the thickness of the steel is not the most important thing.
In the photo:
1What should be the thickness of the steel?
Thicker is not always more reliable. It is believed that the thicker the steel sheathing, the more reliable the door. This is not entirely true.The resistance of the door to cutting is ensured not only by the thickness of the steel, but also by its quality. There are special grades, durable and lightweight, allowing you to make the canvas thinner without compromising burglary resistance. A heavy canvas will damage hinges and locking elements over time, and it is also more expensive. Modern tools allow you to cut a steel sheet up to 6 mm thick within a few minutes, so there is no point in reinforcing the cladding. The required minimum is 1.5 mm. For burglary resistance, additional locking points, rebates, pins, etc. are much more important.
2 Do you need double-sided steel cladding?
For certification – yes. Doors, sheathed with steel sheet not only from the outside, but also from the inside, with certification have a chance to get a higher level of burglary resistance. The door leaf is more difficult to cut. But in practice, most break-ins are carried out by breaking the lock, not the door leaf. Therefore, it is better to protect the locks with special steel boxes.
Choose doors with a secure lock – for example, with a fingerprint sensor or a five-channel locking system (one turn of the key locks the door at five different points).
Bangkok front door from Kneer-Südfenster factory.
3Why do you need a concrete box?
For burglary resistance. Steel doors with a concrete frame are more difficult to break. This is a collapsible box with an open profile, into which concrete is poured after installation. It fills the cavity between the wall and the box and grabs the wall. This design also strengthens the opening, preventing its deformation due to soil shrinkage.
4How many locking points are required?
At least three. One or two points in the form of locks are not enough, since it is possible to enter the room by bending the edge of the canvas. Steel doors should have a locking point from the side of the locks, as well as from above and below – as a rule, these are special crossbars, or bolts, connecting the frame and the canvas in a closed state. These bolts can be connected to the lock and will automatically lock when the door is closed. Additional points can be on the side of the loops. The main thing is to place the bolts evenly.
5Which hinges to choose?
Hidden (“safe”). Such hinges cannot be cut because they cannot be seen. Previously, they had a serious drawback – they did not allow the door to be opened 180 degrees. But now they are releasing hidden loops that do not have such restrictions. To protect ordinary hinges, anti-detachable pins and labyrinths are used – a complex profile of the canvas and box, which does not allow removing the door from the hinges.
In the photo: Materia entrance door from Impronta factory.
6How to protect locks?
- Cylinder. Such locks are protected even at the production stage: part of the mechanism is made of hardened steel so that it cannot be drilled out. The central part of the lock is protected from fracture by means of plates or rods made of alloy steel. The body of the lock is additionally reinforced with armor plates that prevent it from being pulled out. Please note: the lock cylinder must not protrude so that it cannot be grasped and pulled out.
- Lever. Protect against drilling by placing it in a hardened steel box or closing it with an armor plate – the lock is invisible from the outside, as it is inside the door leaf. To prevent burglary with a master key, the keyhole is closed with curtains that depend on another lock.
7What does soundproofing depend on?
Mainly from filler. Fibrous fillers settle over time and are therefore not recommended for outdoor doors. Polyurethane foam and expanded polystyrene are considered optimal. But domestic manufacturers often use mineral wool, especially in canvases with a double steel sheet: polyurethane foam and polystyrene foam do not withstand high temperatures during welding.Some doors are filled with polyurethane foam by pumping it into an already assembled frame.
Another important factor is the seal. Ideally, the door should have two of its contours, on the canvas and on the box. By the way, too wide a seal may indicate the manufacturer’s desire to camouflage the irregularities of the structure.
Each homeowner decides what is more important to him – the appearance of the front door, super reliability, sound insulation, or all together.
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Climbing carbines: types, application, marking
July 20, 2017 | Sergey Malinkin, expert of the Iron department of the AlpIndustria store in the Aviapark shopping center
How to choose …
A carabiner in mountaineering (as well as tourism, rock climbing, promalpe, freeriding and ski touring) is necessary to quickly connect or fasten ropes, cables and equipment elements to each other.
The term “carbine” came to us around the 17th century – this was the name of a latch hook, with which a weapon of the same name was suspended from a shoulder strap.For a long time, carbines did not have a clutch and were made of steel. Coupling carbines began to be used about 50 years ago. The presence of a clutch that prevents accidental opening of the carabiner significantly increases safety. For modern carbines, international and regional standards for the quality of materials, design solutions, minimum breaking load, etc. have been approved.
Climbing carbine materials
Modern carbines are made of steel and aluminum alloys (duralumin), as well as titanium and plastic.
Steel snap hooks are more wear resistant than aluminum carabiners. To give them increased anti-corrosion properties, they are chrome plated, galvanized or coated with powder paint. Aluminum (duralumin) carbines made of alloys with the same dimensions as steel, are 2-3 times lighter. They are also anodized to enhance their anti-corrosion properties.
The process of making a climbing carabiner
Titanium carbines are outdated today and are not produced, but they are still found in everyday life, i.e.because during the times of the USSR, they were stamped in significant quantities and were actively used until they were everywhere supplanted by their aluminum counterparts. Titanium is much lighter than steel, and more wear-resistant than aluminum, but, nevertheless, they have a number of disadvantages. Titanium has a low thermal conductivity, and if such a carabiner is used with trigger devices such as a washer, figure eight, etc., where the friction of the rope goes through the carabiner, this can lead to melting of the rope, and then, with a sharp cooling, to the loss of strength of the carabiner.Also, titanium does not like falls very much – this leads to the formation of microcracks. In addition, it is a very difficult material to process, which ultimately affects the price of the product: up to 10 times more expensive than steel.
Auxiliary carbines are made of plastic – Caritula . With their help, you can organize quick and convenient access to equipment and sort your equipment on a harness or outside the backpack. Plastic caritulas are lightweight, withstand a destructive load from 5 kg to 15 kg, are not intended for use as a connecting element and are needed exclusively for hanging equipment.
Forms of climbing carabiners
There are many forms, but key ones can be distinguished.
Pear Carabiners (HMS) (B) (H)
The design of the pear-shaped carabiners is specially designed for use with the UIAA assembly and trigger devices such as washer (for example, Petzl Reverso and Black Diamond Atc-Guide), figure eight (for example, Petzl Huit Antibrulure and Petzl Pirana Black) and others (for example, Kong Full Alu) …
The geometry of the carabiner bar, its diameter, and the radius at the point of contact with the rope ensure safe sliding of the rope through the carabiner. The asymmetric shape provides a wide opening of the latch and allows you to use such a carabiner as a drive: attach several pieces of equipment. For example, it is convenient to use, especially large HMS carabiners (Black Diamond Rocklock Magnetron and Petzl William Triact-Lock), as a “central” carabiner at stations, several people can stand on lanyard in it.
Photo: Petzl Attache
For carabiners with this shape, the load falls on the main axle, relieving pressure on the latch and increasing the strength of the device. Such carbines are convenient to use in organizing ferries and trolleys and lifting goods.
Photo: Petzl Am’D Screw-Lock
The symmetrical shape of the oval carabiner allows you to freely rotate it while attaching to the equipment and optimally distribute the load between the pulleys of the block-roller and the carabiner, without creating kinks and distortions.Accordingly, there will be no additional friction on the pulleys of the block roller.
Photo: Camp Oval Compact Twist Lock
Photo (from left to right): pear carabiner and UIAA assembly, oval carabiner with block roller (correct use), D-carabiner with block roller (incorrect use).
Carabiners, semi-oval / semi-circular carabiners (B)
This shape allows the carabiner to be loaded in three directions and used mainly for fastening caving harnesses and connecting the lower and upper parts of the complete harness.
Photo: Petzl Demi Rond carbine semi-circular
Coupling rings (M)
The round shape allows such a connection element to be loaded in all directions. So there is no need for additional monitoring of the connecting rings to ensure that they fit correctly, and their strength characteristics do not change depending on the direction of the load.
Connecting rings are used at stationary stations on pre-drilled training routes, and are also placed in harnesses for arboristics and promalpa for increased mobility.
Photo: Petzl Open Ring
Slide karabiners (T)
Sliding carabiners are equipped with lugs to eliminate dangerous lateral loading on the carabiner. Such carbines are used in industrial mountaineering on metal structures ((A) – anchor, for example, Petzl Mgo). It is also convenient to use them in the mustache of a self-belay, at stations and for attaching descenders to the power ring of the harness. This is especially convenient for children and novice climbers. There are special accessories made of plastic and rubber – clips and straps – to hold the carabiner in position (for example, Petzl Captiv, Petzl Tanga and Petzl String XI).
Photo: Black Diamond Gridlock Magnetron
Rapids – snap hooks without a latch with threaded couplings, designed for long-term or permanent use.The coupling is a load-bearing part of the connecting element if it is screwed in with a wrench.
In addition to rigging, it is convenient to use rapid 7-8 mm (for example, Edelweiss Maillon Oval 8 mm) on multi-pitch routes, for example, rappels, because their cost is much lower than that of basic carbines.
Photo: Edelweiss Maillon Oval 8 mm
Non-standard climbing carabiners
Separately, it is worth noting non-standard carbines with a unique design.
For example, carabiners with a built-in roller reduce the friction of the rope against the carabiner body several times. This design allows you to quickly assemble the chain hoist systems or use the carabiner in the guys to change the direction of the rope.
Photo: Petzl Rollclip Triact-Lock Roller Carabiner
Carabiner with latches opening in different directions.To attach such a carabiner, a locking sleeve is not needed.
Photo: Carbine Grivel K8G Sigma Twin Gate
Aluminum carabiner with a breaking load on the main axis with a closed sleeve equal to 40 KN (4000 kg).
Photo: Camp Atlas Lock
Carabiners with mechanical coupling
Carabiners with a threaded coupling that prevents them from opening spontaneously.These carabiners work the same in different weather conditions. Among the disadvantages, it can be noted that during use, mechanical couplings can be unwound (uncoupled). Some manufacturers, such as Petzl, mark the latch with a bright color: if the sleeve unwinds, the color will make it notice faster.
On modern carabiners, a Keylock-type latch is used (both a carabiner and a latch without hooks – as in the photo on the right): it reduces the likelihood of the carabiner catching on other items of equipment, in contrast to the system with a hook.
Carabiners with automatic clutch
Automatic machines, in turn, are divided into two-stroke-bayonet (for example, Camp Guide XL) and three-stroke (Petzl OK Triact-Lock and Black Diamond Vaporlock Magnetron).
To unlock the latch, you need to perform two steps: first turn the clutch, then open the latch. When you release the latch, the clutch will automatically engage. The undoubted plus of such a clutch is quick response, the minus is that in winter conditions the clutch can freeze.In addition, under certain conditions, a rope or friction against equipment can open the push-pull clutch.
To open three-stroke clutches, as the name implies, you need to make three movements. For example, in the Petzl OK Triact-Lock system, you must first raise the clutch and then open it as a two-stroke automatic. Their advantages are the quick locking of the latch and the low probability of spontaneous disclosure of the clutch. On the other hand, the three-stroke clutch takes a little practice, it takes some getting used to opening it with one hand, and it can also freeze at low temperatures.
Carabiners without coupling
Carabiners without clutch are used in quickdraws when climbing with top or bottom belay. They do not imply additional manipulations with the opening of the clutch; it is simple and quick to snap and unscrew the rope through such carabiners.
Snap hooks without clutch with latch wire.
Carabiners without clutch are available with a solid or wire latch. The advantages of the wire wire are low weight and resistance to mechanical pollution or freezing, minus – with rare exceptions, carabiners with such a latch use a hook for locking, which can cling to the rope and equipment.There are models of carabiners with a wire latch, where this nuance is minimized or reduced to nothing. For example, when the hook is recessed into the body of the carabiner (first photo above), hidden behind the wire cheeks (second photo above), or a keylock type latch is used (third photo above).
Snap hooks without clutch with one-piece latch.
The advantage of the one-piece latch is ease of use. In guards with solid carabiners, the “upper” one that snaps into a point, as a rule, has a straight latch (second photo above) and is loosely attached to the sling, the “lower” one has a curved latch for the convenience of snapping the rope into it (first photo above) and, usually fixed on a sling.
European Standards for Carabiners and Connectors
The certified climbing carabiner has a quality standard approved by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN).
Standard EN12275 (Mountaineering equipment – Connectors – Safety requirements and test methods) specifies the safety requirements and testing methods for connectors for mountaineering, climbing and related applications.
- (H HMS) – Carbine for organizing belay with a sliding knot (UIAA).
- (K klettersteig) – Carbine for Via Ferrata.
- (X oval shape) – Oval carabiner for emergency work (work with block rollers).
- (B Basic) – Standard carbines.
- (Q Quick link) – Carabiners with mechanical coupling.
The EN362 standard (Personal protective equipment against falls from a height – Connectors) defines the equipment requirements, test methods, markings and information to be provided by the manufacturer. Connectors conforming to EN362 are used as fall protection against falls from a height, when fixing the position during work at heights or in rescue work.
- (B Basic) – Basic connector. This is any carabiner with a latch and a clutch, which requires at least two conscious actions to open.
- (M Multiuse) – Universal connector.
- (T Termination) – Terminal connector.Carabiners for distribution of the load strictly along the main axis.
- (A Anchor) – Anchor connector.
- (Q Screwlink) – Screw-on connector.
Marking carabiners for mountaineering and promalpa
All the necessary information is displayed on the carbine: breaking load, standards, number of the controlling organization, date of issue, type of carbine, name of the carbine and brand. The data is also duplicated in the product passport.
- Safety Standard: Standard Year / Carabiner Class. Example: EN362: 04 / B .
- Complies with the norms of the EAEU customs union (necessary for industrial and rescue operations) EAC .
- Meets the requirements of the International Union of Mountaineering Associations UIAA .
- Breaking load with unlocked clutch.
- Transverse Axle Breaking Load (Minor Axis – Misuse).
- Breaking load along the longitudinal axis (along the major axis – correctly loaded carabiner).
- Carabiner type according to EN12275.
- Date of manufacture of the product and serial number.
- Icon reminding you to read the instruction manual and .
- Number of the controlling organization of the quality system. Example: CE0123 .
- Brand name and model of the rifle.
Breaking load is stated in Kilonewtons.If a longitudinal load of 22 KN is indicated on the carabiner, to convert the value to kgf (kilogram-force), it must be multiplied by 100, respectively, 2200 kgf can withstand this carabiner until destruction. According to the standards, the minimum breaking load of the carabiner along the longitudinal axis must be at least 22 KN (2200 kgf), along the transverse axis – 6 KN (600 kgf). A carabiner with an unlocked latch must withstand in the longitudinal direction at least 9 KN (900 kgf).
Service for climbing carabiners
Carbines, like other equipment, must be treated with care – your life depends on it.Do not drop, do not scratch any inscriptions on the carabiners, do not misuse, do not heat.
Carabiners generally do not require special maintenance. But when working, especially outdoors, they corrode and wear out. Therefore, it is worth regularly checking the performance of couplings and latches and cleaning them from dirt. You can wash it in water, but be sure to dry it, lubricate the moving parts, but at the same time make sure that no excess grease remains on the outer surfaces – it can adversely affect the attached textile elements: ropes, belts, safety harnesses.
Rejection of climbing carbines
If one of the following defects is present, the carabiner must no longer be used:
- Clearance or outside of the latch rivet.
- Incorrect latch connection.
- General wear of the body, leading to a significant reduction in the cross-section (grooves), the presence of notches on the body, if the depth exceeds 1 mm (this depth may differ for different models of carabiners, be sure to read the instructions before use).
- If the automatic clutches do not close completely by themselves (perhaps they are simply clogged or have not been lubricated for a long time).
- Deformation of the carabiner bar due to excessive loads.
Cheat sheet for choosing and working with carabiners and connecting elements
When choosing carbines, you must clearly understand where and how you will use them. If you are working on a climbing wall, for example, one HMS carabiner will suffice. If you are going to be engaged in mountain tourism, freeriding, mountaineering, you will need from 5 to 15 aluminum carabiners and in the case of mountaineering at least 5 guy wires. In order not to carry extra “hardware”, get acquainted in advance with the descriptions of the routes. All excess equipment will result in extra pounds of “dead” cargo. Modern trends to lighten equipment without sacrificing reliability are forcing manufacturers to look for fresh solutions. For example, the H-shaped profile of the carabiner bar is designed to provide an optimal strength-to-weight ratio.Compared to the conventional round shape, it also protects the carabiner markings from abrasion.