Some readers and a sexual assault prevention group were a little upset by Houston Press blog post on Thursday that offered what it deemed to be the "10 Hottest Women on the Texas Sex Offenders List."
Here's an excerpt from the intro to the list:
"We combed through 15 of the biggest counties in Texas and came up with the ten hottest women in the database. Warning: In some cases, we picked out the best of a series of mugshots. Alternative choices were starkly different. So click on each link before you send any marriage proposals."
Several of the women featured on the list were in Fort Worth.
The Huffington Post did a reaction piece to the list and spoke to Torie Camp, a deputy director of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) who said, "This kind of thinking that female sex offenders are harmless seductresses rather than predators or perpetrators can set us back decades."
After some readers got "riled up," the list's writer Richard Connelly added a note to the list that reads:
"I can understand how some people might react to this. On the other hand, it's a way of getting readers to look at the info, maybe get theme to realize there are people out there like this and they all don't look like the obvious stereotypical pervert."
It's good to note that Connelly wrote an explanation of why he wrote the list along with an apology later that day, which can be found here.
Given both sides of the argument, would you say that the list was in bad taste?
Let us know what you think.