The details for why this is consider “a-okay” are really disgusting. Time to take action and make some noise, folks. This is a serious and dangerous issue.
(I first came across this article on facebook, when guys I know were posting it and high-fiving each other about it)
I believe the top comment on this article sums up my thoughts quite well:
"If it’s legal for him to take an upskirt shot, I fully expect it to be legal when I bash his head in for it."
That’s what is so terrifying about this. Imagine if a woman did fight back by pushing a man away from her, or knocking the camera out of his hand, shattering it on the ground. She would probably face jail time or have to pay a huge settlement, because she defended herself against a man who was “legally” taking upskirt photos of her. It’s repulsive and outrageous.
This is a huge slap in the face to women, because it’s telling us that it’s legal to violate us, and that we just need to sit there and take it.
“Greek myths mention several Islands of Women, where Amazons lived without men, only consorting with neighboring colonies of males at certain seasons when they wanted to conceive their children. Taurus, Lemnos, and Lesbos were said to be such all-female societies. The Greeks apparently feared them. They said the women of Taurus sacrificed to their Goddess all men who landed on their shores; and the women of Lemnos had risen up against their husband and murdered all of them at once. The Greek writers seemed to have no doubt that women could destroy whole populations of adult males, and there was no effective defense against them.”—The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, Barbara G. Walker (p. 26) (via ancient-memories)