As long as we have been known as the United States of America,
there has been vigorous debate on which state is the best. Is
it New York with its big city glamour or Texas with its size
and beauty? Or maybe it's California with its beaches and movie
stars? Well, the votes have been cast (ok...so I'm the only vote...at
least this ain't no Florida fiasco) and the winner has been chosen.
Illinois? Hawaii? Iowa? No, the distinction goes to Washington.
Yep, the state that brought us Microsoft, Jimi Hendrix, the Mariners,
and Mt. St. Helens is the best state in the Union.
How can this be you ask? Washington? Are you serious? What
did they ever do except give us some apples or something?
No friends, it's not the lovely Seattle weather, the proximity
to the greatness of Canada (a subject for another time, perhaps),
or even the late Kurt Cobain that make Washington the undisputed
winner. It's the recent Washington State Supreme Court decision
that allows people (ok...lets face it...men) to take video and
pictures up women's skirts.
You read it right. It is legal in Washington to perform what
is known as "upskirting," a form of voyeurism in which
peeping toms either secretly rig up a system of mirrors and hidden
video cameras, or simply crouch down with
a camera in order to secretly shoot up a woman's skirt.
I came across this on abcnews.com and was fascinated from
the moment I saw the story. Let's face it...this is every guy's
dream. We have just been given permission to do what we have
been trying to do since the fourth
grade. Ever since the first time I got in trouble by Miss LaRue
for trying to look up Bobbi Joe Johnson's denim, "ridin'-too-high
for her own good" knee-length skirt, I have been wondering
why we couldn't sneak a peek at that not-so-hidden place.
And now the best by-God state in the whole U.S. of A. has
given us permission. Hell, I can feel the ground shift now as
all of the males over the age of ten stampede to that bastion
of guy fun, Washington.
The Washington State Supreme Court ruled that while upskirting
is "disgusting and reprehensible," it is not against
the law. In a unanimous decision, the court said the voyeurism
conviction of defendant Richard Sorrells must be overturned since
the women were videotaped in public, hence not subject to a reasonable
expectation of privacy (note to self: make sure I have something
protecting "the boys" while wearing my kilt to the
To everyone else that felt the ground tilt, too, don't worry.
Washington lawmakers are hurrying to correct the "flaw"
in the system that would allow this to happen.
Damn. Anybody know where I can get a copy of the laws for
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