I can't belive I'm defending the mainpage here.

My posts won't show on Jez so maybe someone else can pass this along.

I don't feel this is as much of a fake or manufactured outrage as some of the commenters are making it out to be. Are there more important things out there that women and allies of women can be worried about? Sure. But I don't see where it's wrong to call things out like this when we see them. I don't know why people are trying to come up with other meaning for this or alternate theories. Let's use Occum's Razor here. This is most likely exactly how it looks.

I know it's not as major as say the war against women's healthcare or equal pay, it is still important. We can use the power of social media to make people realize how their actions hurt others and try to fight back the culture of misogyny that led to people like Elliot Rodgers. A license plate is one drop in the pool. But when enough drops hit it causes ripples which become waves that make change. I see nothing wrong with that. So let's cut the MP some slack here.

'R8P' License Plate Spotted in Massachusetts

A reader spotted this license plate in Massachusetts. It sure looks like this spells out "rape."

According to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, a personalized vanity plate that reads "rape" would definitely violate their policies against vulgar language:

  • Such combination is vulgar in that it is in poor taste or is degrading or is considered a profanity, including a swear or curse word, not usually displayed in the community for general viewing
  • Such combination is derogatory in that it disparages or belittles someone or something
  • Such combination is obscene in that it refers to a sexual body part, a term for or most closely associated with a sex act, or the availability for sex
  • Such combination is an expression of "fighting words" designed to inflame passions and possibly lead to a violent confrontation


According to the rules for vanity plates we found, the plate must start with two letters. We don't know if this plate was issued to the driver before those rules created. This could also be a forgery/photoshopped, but our reader says she took this pic. If it is real it's pretty horrific that this exists out there on the road.

Not exactly sure what else R8P could stand and it really doesn't matter. If a word or phrase could be interpreted as offensive or vulgar, the RMV can opt to recall it, per their website:

The Registrar reserves the right to recall a vanity plate that has been issued, even if such registration and plate have been renewed. If the Registrar becomes aware that a group of letters or a combination of numbers and letters appears to be offensive in nature, or that a plate appears to duplicate an existing registration, this will be sufficient cause for recall.