Sigh! On Wednesday, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that so-called “Peeping Tom” laws that protect people from being photographed in dressing rooms and bathrooms, when nude or partially nude, do not apply to the infamous practice of up-skirting. Up-skirting is the taking of pictures up a woman’s skirt and is usually performed with an innocuous cell phone – as opposed to a digital SLR with a 500 mm zoom lens.
It’s not really funny. Actually, it’s downright creepy. It only goes to prove that whatever freedoms people are given, like the freedom to take pictures in public areas, some people are always ready to abuse these freedoms. Still, the way that the law is written, it doesn’t apply to protect fully clothed people in public areas, like the Boston Subway or MBTA, and as a result a man accused of doing this was exonerated by the SJC.
As I write, Massachusetts lawmakers on Beacon Hill are rushing to pass a law and have it on the Governor’s desk by yesterday. Until then, all you perverts out there, be prepared for a good swift kick in the teeth! Probably any woman who does that will be prosecuted for assault. What a world!