The Boston T Has a Perv
I’ve written before about taking picture of people on the subway and legal rights to photograph. This is new, and awful.
This disgusting fat fucking piece of shit took a picture of a woman’s cleavage as she leaned over to pick up her things before alighting the Green Line Trolley.
When she spied the man who had apparently photographed her bustline admiring his photo, she took out her own camera and took his picture, which she later provided police along with the tip that she had seen him taking photos up the skirt of another woman
The so-called “upskirt” photos of the other woman, who never came forward, are a legal no-brainer. Most law experts agree they are an outright invasion of a woman’s privacy. But photographing the other woman’s “open cleavage,” as police characterized it, was more murky.
“This is such a gray area,” said Peter Elikann, a criminal defense attorney and board member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.
But not for the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office, whose prosecutors Transit Police consulted before putting out the wanted poster for the guy.
Consider this another form of wanted poster. The Boston Herald article continues:
“The bottom line is that taking a picture of a person on the MBTA without their consent may be rude, but it’s not a crime,” said DA spokesman Jake Wark. “But taking a picture of a woman who leans over and inadvertently exposes part of her chest is in our mind a crime. Under Massachusetts law, this is black and white.”
That 2009 law makes it illegal to secretly take pictures of body parts commonly thought as private and covered by clothing. “A person has a reasonable expectation of privacy beneath his or her own clothing,” Wark said.
There are naysayers who disagree with this limit of a reasonable expectation of privacy on public transportation, but they’re men. They’re much less likely to be able to relate to the sense of violation, because this violation is incredibly unlikely to happen to them in the first place. They don’t have what are thought of as sexual organs up top; ballsacks are not universally attractive and usually covered by pants. And women don’t do shit like this, not even this ugly fat fucking piece of shit’s female equivalent would have some sort of gall that it requires.
But Wendy Murphy, an ex-prosecutor and New England Law/Boston professor, argues that women need to be protected from such exploitation.
“It’s about individual freedom and ownership,” she said. “Just because you have the ability of looking at my breasts, doesn’t mean they are yours to photograph, distribute, sell or exploit. There’s a line.”
Way I see it, the line leads straight from my foot in some dudes junk. You’re already hurrying to get your things and get off the train. What’s he going to do? File charges against you? Yeah. “See, officers, this woman kicked me in the nuts after I took a picture of her tits. I don’t have one of her face, no, but check this one out!”
And please, if you see behavior like this, like this woman already had before the dude took her picture, do something, say something, cause a scene. It only takes one person, and it’s the right fucking thing to do. Only you can prevent forest fires.