There have been lots of discussions involving the issue on upskirting and whether it should be considered a criminal offence. I share my inside thinking thoughts on the debate, weighing the for and the against discussions.
Upskirting is the act of a person discretely looking up a woman’s skirt or dress (and may even photograph the act). It is a violation of a woman’s privacy and personal space and also shames them for wearing a dress or skirt. It is interesting and uplifting that there is desired action to be taken against this act.
A major issue with the idea is that it should be an offence unless permission is given. However, how would one classify permission? Some men and women would consider flirty eye contact alone could be classified as permission, however, is this a flaw in the offence, how can somebody judge it as an offence with permission?
Politicians have been arguing over a reasonable punishment for the offence. A fine is a deemed a fairly reasonable punishment. However, the discussion about imprisonment is where the conversation tangles, would it be considered too extreme?
My overall thoughts on the upskirting offence debate are that as a woman, of course, I would want it to be an offence, however, the process and predicament would be too hard to achieve. The punishments, evidence provided and judgement on the case would sadly be too difficult to process.
What are your thoughts on it? Let me know! – InsideThinkingThoughts x