Creative New Ways To Stigmatize Sex Offenders
Apparently some crafty Ohioans have come up with a fresh new way to alert the community – any community – that a convicted sexual offender is in its midst: the fluorescent green license plate. When you see one of those eco-friendly tags on a car, you’ll know to pass carefully and quickly. These tags would supplement the state’s ongoing use of yellow plates to identify convicted drunk drivers. One of the odder aspects of the story is that a proposal to issue convicted sex offenders pink plates died in 2005 due to opposition from, among others, Mary Kay Cosmetics. (Someone needed to protect traditional femininity from the stigma of sexual transgression!) The story is here
I wonder whether Ohio will allow dirivers to combine these trendy affinity plates. For example, could a sex offender who is also a fan of Tulane football get fluorescent green plates that say Go Green Wave?
I’m not saying the proposal is total nonsense (although I am verging on saying that) but at some point this madness and paranoia simply has to stop. Until then, let’s all think of new ways to swiftly identify sex offenders in our midst. Can I propose that they all wear hats that say I ♥ The Axis of Evil? That way even the most car-tag-ignorant citizens will be able to pick out the bad guys.