First I struggled with the label “sex offender”. The words sit in the mouth like a heavy after-taste.
Then “registrant” became the catch-all phrase. It sounded less ominous, not quite as frightening but few outside our circle even knew what it referred to.
Now I’m informed that the latest, I guess one could call it “politically correct” term being bandied about is “registered citizen”.
I struggled with this term.
I don’t know who the originator of the term is, someone said it’s been around for a quite a while. Recently I heard that it was mentioned at the ACSOL conference with respect to “reframing our message and changing our narrative.” A stab at changing the public’s perception through verbiage I suppose.
Is it a better label than plain old “registrant”? It’s still a label, no matter how you look at it.
My struggle with the phrase “registered citizen” is two-fold.
First, do registrants care if they are labeled “registrant or registered citizen”? Those registrants that I’ve spoken to don’t want any labels at all and they’re not interested in wasting time trying to make their offense sound more “palatable” to the public. They want to see changes in laws that are unconstitutional, not spend time and energy trying to put the preverbial “lipstick on a pig” in the hopes that society will then view them through rose-colored glasses.