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May 25, 2005

Self–Defense Dress


Designed by MIT assistant professor of architecture J. Meejin Yoon, it was inspired by the porcupine, surely an excellent model of built–in boundary protection.

The dress's fringes (above) are actually stiff piano wire controlled by proximity sensors.

The only think lacking is a speaker that plays "Don't Stand So Close To Me" when someone enters the red zone.


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I wonder if there would be military applications.
Just imagine how that would look.

Posted by: ABC.....D | May 27, 2005 8:49:40 PM

maybe it is meant to lift the skirt instead.

Posted by: oddball | May 27, 2005 5:22:47 PM

Brass ..
I agree with your sentiment, but I don't think it's supposed to be too serious. If anything think I its light-weight structure, that would likely be totally ineffectual in the event of a real attack, speaks a certain irony about te futility of our cultures advancement towards personal body-armour as a replacement for personal space. Personally I find the waspish sting one gets from that certain look we've all experienced enough to know when to keep my distance! ;-)

Posted by: RT | May 27, 2005 5:15:08 PM

hope you don't wear this shit whilst waiting in any lines

Posted by: sid | May 27, 2005 5:07:48 PM

re #2 Because some poeple don't want to be touched.

I am guessign the purpose is for women who may have to walk alone in the evening but who knows.

Posted by: josh | May 27, 2005 4:15:33 PM

The proliferation of these types of designs (anti-relationship, anti-contact) is disturbing. Why is our society so against physical contact and - for lack of a better descriptor - love? This type of design only propagates the stereotype of violence portrayed in our societies media. Whatever happened to sitting down and having a conversation?

Posted by: Brass | May 27, 2005 3:10:28 PM

awesome idea! that sould be mandatory for dating. ^_^

Posted by: biz | May 26, 2005 6:14:59 PM

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