A while back I wondered if skirts have become completely fetishized. I think I am perfectly willing to say "yes" to my own question now. Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon wrote about the creepy trend of men taking upskirt (that means just what it sounds like, folks, looking up the skirt) pictures of women - some of the minors! - with camera phones and posting them on the internet.
Check this out:
On a warm summer day two years ago, a 16-year-old girl put on a skirt and headed to the SuperTarget in her hometown of Tulsa, Okla. As she shopped the air-conditioned aisles, a man knelt behind her, carefully slid a camera in between her bare legs and snapped a photo of her underwear. Police arrested the 34-year-old man, but the charges were ultimately dropped on the grounds that the girl did not, as required by the state's Peeping Tom law, have "a right to a reasonable expectation of privacy," given the public location. In non-legalese: Wear a skirt in public, and you might just get a camera in the crotch.So basically, ladies, you aren't allowed to control what people do with pictures of your body - even if you're covering it up - as long as you are in public places. How fucked up is that? This kinda stuff really pisses me off, besides the fact that I like wearing skirts, because I have struggled my whole freaking life to try and keep men from taking sexual advantage of me, and believe me, it's been a struggle. But the legal system cares so little for a woman's body and rights that any old douche, with what amounts to totally normal levels of technology these days, can invade my privacy, take a picture of what I wouldn't even be able to LEGALLY show in public, post it online for others to see and this is perfectly legal?
Fuck that. I may have semi-naked and naked pictures of me online, but I fucking put them there and that makes a huge amount of difference. Why does a woman's consent mean so little in the sexual arena? It pisses me the fuck off.
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