Braithwaite’s Reintegrative Shaming Theory & Research Demonstrate It’s Counterproductive to Dress Inmates in Hot Pink Uniforms

I’ve written about a nearby prison’s decision to compel inmates to wear hot pink uniforms. A friend wrote me:

John Braithwaite‘s reintegrative shaming theory and research is relevant here. Shaming can be effective, but mostly only if it is reintegrative instead of stigmatizing. I’d say this is an example of the latter since it relies on stereotypes that pink is feminine and beliefs that pink is emasculating to men, thus attempting to stigmatize these incarcerated men as girly or even gay. It relies on the idea that being labeled girly or gay is an insult and thus perpetuates multiple forms of gender oppression.

So there you have it. I wasn’t making it up.

Read the article I liked to above about Braithwaite. it discusses his most famous book, Crime, Shame and Reintegration, but the link to it in the article is broken.

BBC’s “Ripper Street” Rips Financial Industry

The British Broadcasting Corporation’s “Ripper Street” is my new favorite TV show. I watched Season 1 on Canadian Netflix, and I purchased season 2 from Vudu. Season 2, Episode 5, “Threads of Silk and Gold” has the banker villain Stone instruct Inspector Reid on the ways of the world:

Your naivety demeans you. Those whose fortunes I have saved are free to think ill of me, to shun me at the club, to divest themselves of their sullied funds, in tender compassion to give every squalid pound to their stricken fellow men. Do you imagine they will? No. Because love and justice are not the primal forces of our world, sir. Gold is the primal force of our world. You believe, as Sol did, in right and wrong, but there is only profit and loss. You believe in laws, but there are only ledgers.

You can purchase the episode at YouTube or Vudu. Here’s the episode’s trailer:



Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people were once again subject to the whims of homophobia and religious and cultural extremism this week, thanks to a United Nations vote that removed “sexual orientation” from a resolution that protects people from arbitrary executions. In other words, the UN General Assembly this week voted to allow LGBT people to be executed without cause.


fucked up.

“UN General Assembly Votes To Allow Gays To Be Executed Without Cause”

Thoughts on the Suicide of Tyler Clementi

Three years ago, I created this blog entry about the suicide of Tyler Clementi because I wanted to record my “profound” thoughts about it. I did not do it at the time, and now I don’t remember any of those “profound” thoughts. So let me just write down what I think about this in personal terms.

I thank God that communications technologies were not as developed when I was in college as they are today, because I may have done the same thing that  Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei did. And, as I talk about in my homophobe mea culpa blog post, I would have had no rational or moral or religious reason for doing so. I would have only wanted to impress people so that my social “status” would rise.