MA High Court Rules Secretive Upskirt Photos Legal; Now We Fight Back

“…Since upskirt photos are taken of fully clothed women in public, they don’t count, according to the court.” [see below]

Ask most men and women if they consider looking up a woman’s skirt to be acceptable, decent behavior and I believe the majority of society would say no. That in itself should be considered sexual harassment, at the least. As if that’s not bad enough, though, if someone not only looks up a woman’s skirt without her knowledge and starts taking photos or a photo, that one would think would be considered not only sexual harassment but also a crime against her body. From what I understand these sicko’s do it is using tiny mini cameras that fit on their shoe unseen, these little gadgets then do as commanded and take photos of women, unknowingly.

So, some one now has pictures of her that would humiliate and devastate most women; it would me. He has these photos and he can do anything he wants with them, keep them to himself or show them to the world. This is criminal, right?

Wrong. Looking up a woman’s skirt and taking photos of in secret up her skirt is not punishable by law and does not violate the “Peeping Tom” law nor does it violate any other law, at least that’s what a Judge in Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled. We as women are being degraded more and more; they are attempting to steal our rights from us as well as control our bodies and lives. When I read this, it made it even more clear to me why rapists are not imprisoned more…the government obviously doesn’t consider the violation of a woman to be worth their time; if he truly sympathized, he would have acted accordingly.

“The judges sympathized with the notion that a woman should be able to have a reasonable expectation not to have secret photos taken up her skirt when she goes out in public, but ruled that current state law does not address that,” writes Aviva Shen. “Massachusetts’ ‘Peeping Tom’ laws, as written, only protect women from being photographed in dressing rooms or bathrooms when they are undressed. Since upskirt photos are taken of fully clothed women in public, they don’t count, according to the court.”

Basically, if a woman is going to wear a dress or skirt she has to do so knowing that she can legally be violated by perverts. This alone is disturbing and disgusting, but what makes it worse is it encourages the lie that a woman wearing a short skirt or dress is “asking for it”…asking to be raped.

By not making this a crime we have, once again, another attack made against women’s rights. If we are not careful these laws are going to continue to pile up in every state, then go to a federal level. They are trying to strip us of everything from medical rights to privacy we have a problem so massive protesting and taking it to court won’t work. Hell, I’m not sure it’d work now.

While the only good bit of news to report is that The Massachusetts legislature is considering enacting a bill which would make it illegal to address the problem, yet the act would still be defensible. And let us not forget the states with no protective actions towards these things period.

I’ll let the care network explain the rest….

The lawyer defending the “photographer” said his client’s actions were an expression of free speech, another novel moment where, when it comes to photographing women, her right to privacy is superseded by an aggressor’s apparently endless expanse of first amendment rights. It’s a rule that comes into play daily outside of reproductive health care providers, where anti-abortion protesters who claim that they are “sidewalk counselors” take pictures of and video tape patients as they enter and exit the building.

Although websites like the one referenced in this Wall Street Journal article, cataloging the patients who obtain abortions, have mostly disappeared, recording patients at many clinics has become common place, and abortion opponents will often upload those videos or photographs onto social networks as well, with no regards to a person’s privacy. Sometimes such pictures will even make it onto news sites, even professional, mainstream publications such as state newspapers.

And, sadly, sites that track patients still exist.

The practice is so commonplace that the National Abortion Federation has even addressed it in their frequently asked questions page, as to whether or not it is a punishable offense. The answer, sadly, is no, probably not. “Taking somebody’s picture, either still or moving, without their consent is not an act of force or a threat of force, therefore this is not a FACE violation. However, it may be actionable under state law.”

If taking photos up women’s skirts, or of them about to possibly be undergoing medical procedures, without their consent, is a matter of free speech, all photography must be, right? Ah no, of course not. Once farming conglomerates are involved, suddenly privacy can be invoked, such as in the case of ag gag bills passed across the country that forbid filming as a part of undercover investigations into potential animal cruelty. In that case, forbidding photography is “an ‘agricultural security measure’ that was intended to protect farmers from trespassers, theft, wrongful employment and recordings taken undercover.”

In other words, women can be filmed at any time with no privacy violations because it is free speech. Advocacy investigations on behalf of ending animal abuse? Well, that’s obviously violating a business’s privacy.

Once again, it would be nice if women had half the rights businesses are granted.

Take Action

Please sign and share this petition telling the Massachusetts Supreme Court that it is not OK for a stranger to photograph up a woman’s skirt.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/court-says-secretly-taking-a-photo-up-a-womans-skirt-not-a-crime.html#ixzz2xNtceIBk

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