Thank goodness for Christopher Chope. Yes, it must be unpleasant having someone take a photo or video under your skirt when you aren’t looking but this is really one of those instances when we women must learn to take care of ourselves.
Seriously, how can we expect men to respect us when we go running to the police over the stupidest incidents?
The police have very serious issues to deal with – terrorism, grooming gangs, horrible pointless murders. Remember, those of you who want to make such silly things as ‘upskirting’ criminal, you are preventing the police from dealing with much more serious crime.
But there is a more serious undertow to all of this. I remember when I was about nine a couple of little boys in the school playground put a mirror under my skirt. They ran away giggling before I had fully comprehended what they had done. There was some comment about the colour of my knickers. Perhaps they had been inspired by the exercise in the previous week when we had collected a tally of different coloured cars driving past the school and turned it into graphs.
My Jamaican friend remembers the little boys doing this at her school in Jamaica when they were busy at prayer. First the girls would turn round and tell them off and if they didn’t stop they would deservedly beat them up (sorry MRAs).
Now all children have mobile phones and they are the equivalent of the mirror today. Do we really want to suggest that these boys are committing sexual abuse or are criminal? Are we going completely out of our minds?
Upskirting is very annoying. But we don’t need the law courts and criminal justice system and policemen to deal with it. We women can look after ourselves.