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The Massachusetts high court ruled Wednesday that “upskirting” — or secretly taking photos up a woman’s clothing — is legal under state law.
The ruling came after charges were dismissed against Michael Robertson, who was arrested in 2010 after he was reported to be using his cellphone to take photos and videos up the skirts and dresses of female passengers on the MBTA trolley in Boston. In one instance described by the court, Robertson appeared to be photographing a woman’s crotch area.
The court explained that the existing state law against “Peeping Tom” gazing of seminude or nude people does not apply to those who take photographs of others who are fully dressed, revealing a loophole in the law.
(Photo: David Kamerman/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
What the hell
Taken from this post by Letters To My Country:
LTMC: Shocking as this seems on its face, legally speaking, the Court made the correct decision. The law is poorly written, and needs to be updated to cover this type of behavior.
The problem with the law lies in the definitions section. As the article suggests, one of the elements of the offense requires the victim to be “partially nude,” which is defined in a very specific way:
Section 105. (a) As used in this section, the following words shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
“Partially nude”, the exposure of the human genitals, buttocks, pubic area or female breast below a point immediately above the top of the areola.
As a matter of basic logic, you could obviously make the argument that when a person tries to take upskirt photos, the victim is de facto partially nude. But the definitions section of the law forecloses this possibility, because the legislature gave “partially nude” a very specific definition. As written, it only includes “exposure of the human genitals, buttocks, pubic area or female breast below a point immediately above the top of the areola." This is how you get the legally absurd result that a person could violate the law if their victim isn’t wearing underwear, but can’t violate the law if the victim is wearing underwear.
It’s pretty easy for the legislature to fix this by just changing the definitions section of the law so that “partially nude” embraces people in the situations mentioned above. It does have to be the legislature that does that, though, since the Courts don’t have the power to change a law simply because it’s poorly written.
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When asked if he’d ever considered casting a trans actress for Dallas Buyer’s Club, director Jean-Marc Vallée said, “Never. Is there any transgender actor? To my knowledge — I don’t know one. I didn’t even think about it”.
When assured that yes, of course there are trans actors, Vallée replied, “Which ones? There’s like five, or three, or what — two? I never thought of that. I never thought of hiring a real rodeo guy to play the rodeo Ron Woodruff. And just like in every film — we’re actors, we’re directors. I’m not aiming for the real thing. I’m aiming for an experienced actor who wants to portray the thing.”
White feminists calling other white feminists “White Feminists” gets under my skin in a way I can’t quite explain…
probably because they are trying to separate themselves from their whiteness which is literally impossible. like acknowledge that you are also a white feminist and that you get benefits from white feminists. take it gracefully and challenge your sisters in ways that brown feminists cannot.
The new Egyptian government is going to isolate Gaza exactly like Israel does. In the meantime, Egyptian authorities in Cairo airport are preventing by force 70 American and European activists from travelling towards Rafah crossing to enter the Gaza Strip.
"I think it’s important to remember that there are transgender women who are totally fine with their genitalia and are totally fine with being a woman with a penis and do not want to have any kind of sexual reassignment surgery. And that doesn’t make them any less a woman. It just means they’re a woman with a penis. And the same for the reverse of that with people that are male transgender people that don’t have penises and have vaginas, but that doesn’t make them any less male. So, a lot of it is just recognizing that it’s not necessarily about the genitalia, it’s a psychological thing in many ways. This is probably like a cliche, an example of it that’s been overused, but a soldier goes off to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, steps on a landmine, and it blows his fucking dick off. Right? Does that mean he’s no longer male? Does the lack of genitalia suddenly negate his manhood? No, because it’s in his brain. You know? That’s just something that he was born with that’s there. Same with a woman who’s had a hysterectomy or something like that. It’s not based on external genitalia. That has nothing to do with your gender identity. It’s a psychological thing. You’re born one way or another." [x]