Tributes lose all rights to privacy the minute their names are called in the reaping. Their every move is overseen, and once in the arena, they are recorded at all times. People even sneak camera phones up female tributes’ skirts to take pictures-oh, wait.
Women’s rights to privacy were tested this Wednesday, March 6th, 2014, when a Massachusetts court ruled that Michael Robertson, age 32, did not violate the law when he took an “upskirt” picture of a woman while riding the MBTA. In order for the “Peeping Tom” law to be applicable, the person must be “partially nude” exposing what we know as “private parts” (genitals, buttocks, breast, etc).
This decision was infuriating and overtly offensive, but this Thursday March 6, 2014, Massachusetts officials had their agendas straight and drafted a bill to ban upskirting. Governor Deval Patrick has already agreed to sign, making all of us here in Boston wicked proud.
I am wicked excited and proud of my city/state for standing up for my rights, but I must point out that where there is a will, there is a way. So dear law makers, no excuses from now on, taking your sweet time is clearly optional, so try to make the magic happen a little faster.
If you want to upskirt here in Boston, may the odds be ever in your favor, because now we have a law that is just as good as berries.