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Are Taser Parties Too Much?

As women, it's important that we think about safety, particularly those of us who live in cities. A lot of women I know carry pepper spray in their purses, while others go so far as to take self-defense classes. But I was a little shocked when I heard about Shieldher, a company offering "Taser parties" — sort of like Tupperware parties, except at these home gatherings, women learn about and shop for Taser-brand stun guns.

Founded by an Arizona entrepreneur named Dana Shafman, Shieldher sells Taser C2 models ($350 each), which are not considered firearms but which are prohibited for citizen use in many states. The Tasers use laser pointers to aim and can stop an attacker from up to 15 feet away. For details on the Taser parties,

Though the company mostly sells Tasers — some complete with leopard-print cases! — on its website, it has also started offering Taser parties in certain US cities, and by the end of 2008, Shieldher wants to have parties being thrown in more than 30 states. Oh, and in case you're wondering, no alcohol is served at the parties!

Would you attend a Taser party? Do you own a Taser or some other kind of self-defense tool?


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rpenner rpenner 9 years
Hmm pistil i'm also pretty sure they're illegal here in canada. and it seems everytime the police use them the tasered "victim" either dies or has some serious injuries so i'm not so sure how i feel about the taser yet. i'm all for ladies protecting themselves but i think i'll stick with carrying pepperspray
syako syako 9 years
I'd rather "baddies" with tasers than hand guns, to be honest.
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
Please don't yell at me for this... I think this is a horrible idea. If they are so easy to get that I can get them in a home demonstration, now I can get tased in an alleyway and have god knows what happen to me. If you can get it, think about all the baddies out there that can also get it. And yes, you could say that they already have it so I am evening the playing field, but by making these things more easily available, you are also allowing more baddies to get them. I know women need to be able to protect themselves against many threats, but this being widely available could be creating even more threats that we need to protect ourselves against.
syako syako 9 years
i read about this in the new yorker, a bit strange.
hellomodupe hellomodupe 9 years
tasers scare me to death. my biggest fear is getting tased. or adding insult to injury by accidentally tasing myself!
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
this seems like a good idea, another safety net. if a woman in college had to walk from the library to her dorm ahd should not go alone, and this would be a good addition there. not sure if i would host one of these, i'd go to one if someone invited me.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
If they're prohibited in most states, then what's the point? The thought of just anyone using a Taser kinda scares me.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
I think it's good for awareness reasons, but glamourizing the idea of tazering someone is not really up my alley.
annebreal annebreal 9 years
I own some pepper spray but I rarely carry it with me...honestly, if I was feeling that unsafe that tasers started looking appealing, I'd probably just get a carry permit and a gun. But I hope never to feel that vunerable!
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I don't think I'd every carry a taser. I feel like things like that would make me paranoid. Even though I know anything can happen, I live in a pretty safe area and I rely on basic safety techniques (always aware of my surroundings, trusting my gut, etc) to stay safe.
CoMMember13630786602261 CoMMember13630786602261 9 years
does anyone know why my signature only shows up on certain posts?
CoMMember13630786602261 CoMMember13630786602261 9 years
I dont think Id be attending one of those......especially if there was alcohol involved!
Pistil Pistil 9 years
I don't know if I'd carry one... I usually just try to avoid being in a potentially dangerous area alone (I don't live in a big city). I'm positive they'd be illegal here (Canada) anyway. We have enough problems allowing our police to have tasers.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
I have a taser but not from one of these parties. This actually reminds me that I need to get it back out and put it in my purse.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
There is an mlm for everything, I swear.
CurvatudeBlog CurvatudeBlog 9 years
i assume that the person holding the party has some kind of training...and well i prefer this over those lingerie parties..
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Ummm ya...
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I just read about this in this month's Marie Claire...I think its rather dangerous if you're not sure of how to use it (i.e. accidentally tasing yourself). As for a taser thanks!!
hanako66 hanako66 9 years
I think this is a great idea for women!
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