Saturday, March 8, 2014


According to reports from Massachusetts, the governor just signed a bill that would penalize a new branch of photography - that of cellphone photographs taken upwards from below a lady's skirt.

It seems that the highest court in Massachusetts refused to agree that a man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of female subway passengers in Boston was violating state law. He (or she or they) may have been as offended as much as anyone else but the written law just didn't cover this particular aberration.  However, in what had to have been the quickest action taken by that State's House and Senate, they made a law that stated clearly it was illegal to take photographs of the "sexual or other intimate parts" of women or children in public" - and the Governor signed it in a flash!

The law calls for "a maximum penalty of 1-1/2 years in jail and a $5,000 fine" if the photograph is of a woman, and "5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine" if the victim is a child.

And a new word - "upskirting" - has been added to our lexicon.

1 comment:

Olga said...

Good grief! Is it still not illegal to snap pictures of men's intimate parts? Trickier, maybe but not against any specific law?