Just when you thought a bra was a bra, the world’s been introduced to a new creation that doubles as a weapon of sorts. Booby Trap Bras’ “Just in Case” sports bra includes “a knife sheath” sewn into the front so that women can take a thin weapon along with them at all times (another style created in the same vein packs a tube of pepper spray in between both breasts). The push to design the product is, as you’d expect, an unnerving one.
“I walked around thinking life was all rainbows and butterflies until I was jumped out at on a local running trail. I was in active wear and had no form of protection on me,” founder Jennifer Cutrona wrote, explaining to her local Texas news station that the harrowing experience led directly to her going home and modifying her own bra. “I got away from the guy, but was extremely upset at how oblivious I had been to this possibility.” While the bras were born from a need of females exercising alone, they can be worn anywhere and offer protection whether you’re jogging in the woods or not (consider the woman who says she’s been made to feel safer when walking in a parking lot after late work shifts).
Neither the knife nor the pepper spray are meant to seriously injure an attacker; rather, it’s about protection that’ll allow you to scare off a would-be bad guy or buy time to get out of harm’s way. “I was not trying to come up with something that would kill,” Cutrona explained, “just something that would give me a few seconds to get away.”
The knife bra retails for $55, with the knife costing an extra $13.