Target: Texas Governor Rick Perry
Goal: Overturn ruling that allows people to take lewd photos without the subject’s consent
A Texas law that prohibited taking lewd photos of people without their consent has just been ruled unconstitutional by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. This ruling comes in the wake of a case where a Texas man was taking photos of children in swimsuits at a water park in San Antonio. Rather than punishing this man for taking photos that border on child pornography, the Texas court ruled that anyone is allowed to take pictures of anyone they want, in any situation, regardless of how the subject of the photo feels about it.
Taking photos without someone’s consent has often been referred to as “creepshots” and usually occurs when a man takes a photo up a woman’s skirt without her knowledge or consent. These “upskirt” photos have become a huge problem since the advent of camera phones, and they often end up on the Internet where millions of people can view them. This practice is a gross violation of privacy and consent. No one’s body should be displayed and used for the arousal of others without that person’s explicit and continuous consent. Women deserve to be able to go out in public in a skirt without having to worry that someone will objectify them and violate their privacy in this way.
By signing this petition, you’ll add your voice to the growing outrage about widespread political and legal apathy to this problem and demand that Rick Perry and the rest of the Texas legislators act to immediately address the problem with a new law that makes the practice illegal. Let the state governments all across the US know that you won’t tolerate attitudes that put the sexual desires of the few ahead of the safety and consent of everyone else, including children.
Dear Governor Perry,
For years, women have been obliged to suffer the knowledge that if they should dare to wear a skirt in public, they may be the victim of a gross violation of their privacy and humanity in the form of “creepshots,” including photos up their skirt, without their consent. Although this happens often enough to make women everywhere feel unsafe, the perpetrators are rarely punished. Without clear and strictly enforced laws in place, the practice will continue unabated.
I understand that the current law in place that restricts taking photos of people without their consent was recently deemed unconstitutional. In order to protect Texas women from further harm and violation, it’s absolutely essential that you quickly draft and pass a new law that explicitly forbids “upskirt” photos and other “creepshot” photos that are used for someone’s sexual gratification without the consent of the subject. I urge you to publicly condemn this practice by creating a new law that includes appropriate punishments for perpetrators.
It’s your job to ensure that the citizens of your state feel safe when they’re out in public. The woman of Texas cannot feel reasonably safe as long as the practice of upskirt photos goes unpunished. Please act quickly on this matter.
[Your Name Here]
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