What does this device do? It is described as "a product for those concerned about personal protection and peace of mind. The Defender integrates elements of products and services found separately and elegantly combines them into one compact personal accessory."
If such need should arise and you have the presence of mind then at the press of a button the Defender sprays your attacker and sounds an alarm whilst taking a photo which it sends to a monitoring service aling with GPS information.
Of course we can carry all these things in our handbags (it has to be handbags because women's clothing doesn't have pockets) and like good Girl Guides always be prepared...to be attacked. Or we could concentrate on reducing an atmosphere of fear.
I can't help but wonder if women who report their attackers will be asked why they didn't have such a defence device.
Dr. Brooke Magnanti also pointed out in the Telegraph that: "The reality is that violent crime is not evenly spread. And, as we know, it's likely to be at the hands of someone we know. What use a pepper spray - even one that can call the police, should you be able to reach it in time, have a data connection and take a picture of your attacker before spraying them - is in that scenario, I don't know."
It is truly curious that any advertising campaign or article addressing the subject of personal safety seem only to focus on the victim's responsibility in such crimes. There are no 'don't attack women' posters, just 'don't get drunk and walk home' posters. There are no demands on the government not to disenfranchise people s they feel little connection to society. Just massive promotions for fear and feeding paranoia.
Which prompts the question...do we feel fearful because it's dangerous out there, or do we feel fearful because there's money to be made out of it?