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'Upskirting' Now Illegal in Massachusetts

Gov. Deval Patrick enacted a new law in response to a controversial court decision this week.

File photo.
File photo.
"Upskirting" is now illegal in Massachusetts.

Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday signed a fast-tracked bill that makes secretly photographing up a woman's crotch in public a crime.

The bill was in response to a state Supreme Court decision earlier this week regarding an Andover man charged with taking upskirt photos of women on the subway. The court ruled the man did not violate current state law because the women were not nude.

The decision ignited a firestorm. An advocacy group started a petition demanding that upskirt photos be made illegal, and lawmakers went to work drafting legislation that would do so.

Patrick quickly signed H. 3934, “An Act Relative to Unlawful Sexual Surveillance.” The law goes into effect immediately.

"The legislation makes the secret photographing, videotaping, or electronically surveiling of another person’s sexual or other intimate parts, whether under or around a person’s clothing or when a reasonable person would believe that the person’s intimate parts would not be visible to the public, a crime," Patrick's office said in a statement Friday.

The law applies to photos of both women and men and includes the potential for felony charges, according to the Associated Press.
Prometheus March 10, 2014 at 03:52 PM
.... a war against women eh?....you claim to want equality but I doubt that....otherwise you would buy your own birth control.
Prometheus March 10, 2014 at 03:52 PM
....you just like the thought/idea....but real equality scares the crap out of you.
Tisiphone March 10, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Gretchen "misogyny is still rampant in Attleboro" Yes, I had a bout with it. With long term care and confinement, I was able to overcome it. Things could be worse. My sister not only had charisma, but was also "possessed". This required an exorcism. Unfortunately, we could not afford to pay for the exorcism and she was re-possessed.
cookiedandcream March 10, 2014 at 10:05 PM
Tisiphone and oldfed are just unreal. Same with the rest of the MRAs commenting. That fake as hell "homonecentric" word is the funniest thing to come out of this. Oldfed, I recommend you look up what heteronormative means, because that's the dinosaur realm you're stuck in.
oldfed March 10, 2014 at 11:41 PM
cookiedandcream: Thank, but you a typical mindless poster. You don't know my gender, age, or life experience, yet you judge me.Check out "ad hominum", as i suggested to the other poster. I commented on the general legal issues of this story, those other who choose to estrogenally enhance the BS "sisterhood" have tried to de-rail the issue. This involves one women, three kids, a husband, and several brave MEN who saved them all. Bang your sexist drums elsewhere....

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