10 Hottest Women: Sex offenders list

Katherine - posted on 05/14/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )




When you think of sex offenders, the first image that's probably called to mind is of some creepy too skinny or obese guy. With a van and bad clothes. Maybe a comb-over. The last thing you think of is a woman who looks like she could be a really attractive second grade teacher. Nonetheless, these sex offenders do exist! Need proof? The Houston Press has released the “10 Hottest Women on the Texas Sex Offenders List."

Next to each mugshot, the woman's name, city, crime, and victim information is listed. If you scan through, you'll see the various "hotties" have assaulted boys and girls, from 2-16 years old ... crimes that are nothing short of horrific. But because the Houston Press dared present this information packaged in the way they did -- by calling these criminals physically attractive -- there's been a lot of uproar.

Your knee-jerk reaction might be that the list glamorizes or trivializes child rape ...

You might say it's also just plain sexist to categorize female criminals as "hotties." (Just because they're criminals doesn't mean it's wrong to exploit them as sex objects, right?) All in all, it's clearly inflammatory.

But if you get hung up on all of that, then you're missing the point.

Richard Connelly, the blogger who compiled the list, wrote a follow-up, explaining his rationale:

... child predators don't fit any category -- the people they prosecuted included successful lawyers and doctors, as well as unemployed losers ... [I wanted] to show that "normal-looking" people, people you could pass any day on the street -- or who you might think are "hot" -- are capable of monstrous things.

And yes, Connelly even chose a headline "in an attempt to catch attention," opting for "Hottest" because "it's a Web-headline staple for such listicles." (There's your blogging industry insider secret of the day.) It was a ploy, but a wisely constructed one.

This seems like a perfect lesson in learning that first impressions can be false. This list, at first glance, seems like an exploitative attempt just to piss people off, stir the pot, nab a bunch of traffic for something downright skeevy and salacious. But in reality, it's a campaign to open our eyes to reality ... to change our skewed perspectives.

I'd usually be the first to defend womankind and try to argue that these women are likely in the minority when it comes to sex offenders in general. Because it's actually difficult for me personally to imagine women committing heinous, violent, reprehensible acts like child rape or murder. Honestly, part of me believes we're above that, that men are simply more inclined to it. But this list proves that knee-jerk reaction of mine wrong. There are women who are just as capable as men. Criminals don't fit into neat Hollywood stereotypes. And a list like this one that opens our eyes to that fact can only serve to bring us one step closer to protecting our kids.

How do you feel about the "10 Hottest Women on the Texas Sex Offenders List"?



JuLeah - posted on 05/14/2011




Of the pedophiles in custody and studied .... 97% are men, most are white and something like 88% identify as Christian.
Most kids are abused by a family member, not a stranger.
Most abusers are married and well respected in the community. Most present the image of one who fights to protect children. Most have no criminal record before they are caught that first time. Most abuse 80 to 100 kids before they are caught.
Kids as young as a few days old can be abused.
Most kids are not 'forced' but groomed over time and many don't even know they are being abused until they reach adulthood and better understanding.
Empowering out kids is our best weapon. Seeing what we might not want to see, and hearing what we might not want to hear will end this crime.
Pedophiles walk among us, because we refuse to see them for who they are. We protect and shelter them when we turn a blind eye. We accuse the homeless man, the gay man, the black man, the 'strange' man, and defend Uncle Bobbie ... or Aunt Mary.

Stifler's - posted on 05/15/2011




Ridiculous. Like we care if they are hot,....... we still want to kill them.


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Jenni - posted on 05/15/2011




As others have stated it increases public awareness. The disgust factor of referring to a pedophile as a 'hottie' is what will catch people's attention and invoke public outrage against offenders as a whole. Very effective awareness stunt.

Mel - posted on 05/15/2011




thankyou I am interested Im in an amazon site trying to figure out how to actually buy it, Im not good with these things

Sneaky - posted on 05/15/2011




If you are interested Mel, I read a great book a few weeks ago called 'predators. pedophiles, rapists & other sex offender', by Dr Anna C. Salter. She goes into a lot of detail about how pedophiles operate and the best ways to 'deflect' them from your kids.

JuLeah, I'd be really interested in some of your research into the subject - are there any particular books or articles you would recommend? I'm trying to decide if this is an area I could work in, I am not sure I have the stomach for it, but it also never hurts to have more information - know thy enemy and all that.

As to the 'hottest 10' - I LOVE the idea. Just the controversy and debate generated will shock so many people into reality. It reminds me of the child abuse add we are debating in another thread - shock advertising gets results.

Mel - posted on 05/15/2011




Thanks for putting that info out there JuLeah it was really helpful for me to read all that

Amber - posted on 05/14/2011




I think it's a good way to raise awareness to the topic. Men are predominantly who we assume are sex offenders. But women are out there doing horrible things too. The more public awareness is raised, the less likely any sex offender will get away with it.
Stopping sex offenders is a good thing.

Kate CP - posted on 05/14/2011




Have you seen the actual list? One of those women was convicted of aggravated sexual assault on a 2 year old. A TWO YEAR OLD!!! God, that makes my stomach turn.

Isobel - posted on 05/14/2011




mmmmmmmm hmmmmmmmm...maybe it's true...she hasn't re-offended since she was released.

Katherine - posted on 05/14/2011




I remember that. I watched the movie. She claimed she was the victim.

Isobel - posted on 05/14/2011




Karla Homolka was gorgeous!!! and she drugged her sister and "served" her to her husband...then helped him kidnap several girls rape them, and murder them.

She video taped it.

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