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Calls To Tighten Laws On Upskirting

(Jason Verwey/Flickr)

(Jason Verwey/Flickr)

Every now and then the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issues a ruling that makes headlines worldwide. Yesterday, the online magazine Jezebel screamed, “Great News, Creeps!“, as the state’s highest court ruled that ‘upskirting’ — that is, taking photos up the skirts of women — is legal. So today, lawmakers are scrambling to fix the law and make it illegal.


Nancy Gertner, former federal judge and now a Professor at Harvard Law School. 

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  • J__o__h__n

    This was a stupid ruling but not worthy of the hoopla. The justices didn’t say there was a right to take photos up the skirts of women, but that the existing law wasn’t specific enough to ban it. The legislature is going to pass a bill soon to make it explicitly illegal. I would have thought that the area covered by a skirt would have been considered to be an area of privacy that would be protected from unconsensual photography without needing to change the existing law.

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