Today’s grand prize winner is Tulsa County district judge Tom Gillert who dropped a felony charge against a prick who took a picture up the skirt of a 16-year-old girl at the local Target. The honorable reasoning behind his decision? “…[t]he person photographed was not in a place where she had a reasonable expectation of privacy.” Did you get that, everybody? A 16-year-old in a Target store does not have a “reasonable expectation” that what’s underneath her clothing is not available for the photographic delectation of any random sexual predator.
Now I understand that this is hardly the most egregious example of the way women’s privacy and integrity is invaded on a daily basis—by rapists and batterers, by prison guards and police officers, by johns at strip clubs, by DHS employees with intrusive questionnaires, by shelter workers trying to fulfill the requirements for government funding. What takes the bonehead cake for me is the blatant admission of what most women know from experience to be the fundamental basis of the society we’re forced to live in.
ALL YR BODEEZ, THEY ARE BELONG TO US, indeed.
Originally published on 4/16/2008