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Technology Spawns A New Kind Of Peeping Tom

Salon’s Tracy Clark-Flory has a really interesting piece up this week: “Porn in a Flash.” It’s about “upskirting,” the unsuspecting women who star in it, and how there’s not always a lot the law can do to stop it. What’s upskirting? Basically, it’s an “up the skirt” photo or video, taken by a digital Peeping Tom, who shoots surreptitiously. Cellphones enabled the genre, and websites are dedicated to upskirt shots. For the women, it’s like starring in a soft-core shoot — without their knowledge. In the past, women turned to state “Peeping Tom laws,” but, in a unique twist, because the act takes place in public, women don’t have a “right to a reasonable expectation of privacy,” spawning “a frontier of rogue pornographers from all over the world.” Clark-Flory writes: “It’s such a craze in Japan that cellphone cameras now come with a shutter sound that alerts bystanders that a photo is being taken; in that country, even the iPhone 3G features an extra-loud anti-upskirt alarm.” While Britney helped popularized the upskirt phenomenon when she flashed her, um, Britney for the paps, for other women, upskirting is digital overexposure. [Salon] Keep reading »

Dear Abby Ponders The Naked Boy Next Door

“Clothes-Minded In Wisconsin” wrote “Dear Abby” about her neighbor’s 16-year-old son, who walks around the house completely nude in front of his family. “In the morning he gets up around 6:45. He walks into the kitchen and fixes a bowl of cereal. Then he stands at the counter, watching the morning sports shows while eating his breakfast in the nude. There is absolutely no evidence of arousal of any kind. When the bathroom becomes available, he goes in for a shower.”

Clothes-Minded is wondering whether it’s normal for a teenage boy to do this. What we’re wondering is how she seems to know his morning routine so well. Does she hide behind her white-lace kitchen curtains, watching the morning sports updates through binoculars and searching for signs of arousal in the house next door? Dear Abby, is it normal to spy on your neighbors so religiously? [Yahoo!]
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