Pink: It's not just for girls anymore

In Ohio, the license plates of sex offenders may soon blush pink.

Published November 18, 2005 3:46PM (EST)

Convicted sex offenders in Ohio might be identified by pink license plates on their vehicles for five years following release from prison. The two state legislators pushing the bill that would turn pedophiles' plates pink say it would be a good way to warn parents and children.

Maybe those lawmakers have been rereading Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" to try to pick up some tips from the Puritans. Or maybe they've been attending sporting events at the University of Iowa, which psyches out rival sports teams with an all-pink men's visiting locker room.

Because, really, what could be more humiliating for a guy than being tarred with pink?

By Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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