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Women, watch your step: Apple store, Legco and courts identified in new 'up-skirt blackspot' list

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 July, 2014, 2:03pm
UPDATED : Monday, 14 July, 2014, 7:29am
 

Law courts, the government headquarters and the Legislative Council are among 19 newly identified locations where women wearing skirts can be exposed to peeping Toms, a political party has warned.

The locations were listed in the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong's sixth annual report on "upskirt black spots".

Most of the locations feature long glass walls and glass panels lining escalators.

Women standing near these structures can have their underskirts easily seen by people underneath, who may take photos of them and share the images online, according to DAB lawmaker Elizabeth Quat and her team.

"The government should take the lead in drawing up guidelines on building designs," she said yesterday.

During a recent filibuster at Legco in Admiralty, Quat said she noticed that members of the public, especially schoolgirls, who were observing the meeting from a corridor above the chamber, risked exposing themselves to people inside the chamber.

Transparent panels on the first floors of the Tamar government headquarters building and the Tuen Mun and Fanling courts also put skirt-wearers at risk.

But fellow lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan, of the Labour Party, said peeping Toms were the root of the problem, not the architects who designed the buildings nor the women who chose to wear skirts.

In the past six years, the DAB has singled out a total of 80 black spots, in shopping centres, schools and MTR stations.

Some have since applied frosted film on the panels or made other adjustments.

Quat yesterday showed pictures of the inside of the Tuen Mun and Fanling courts to illustrate her concerns.

When asked if she was afraid she could be in contempt of court for taking photos inside the court buildings, she said the pictures were provided by the public. She stressed she did not mean to show disrespect for the court.

She also admitted that two pictures displayed of the PMQ shopping mall were from the Oriental Press Group. But she said a colleague did not know where those pictures were from at first.

She said she had already apologised to the group.

Quat said the peeping-Tom trend had worsened, with 329 cases of indecent photo-taking reported to the police last year, up from 282 in 2012.

Ho suggested the city should consider tougher penalties.

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chuchu59
Yawn! Presumably DAB wants to woo over female voters for the next election.
momentum54
Why does SCMP devote so many column inches to Ms Quat's Taliban-esque crusade? Surely a much juicier story could be written about her questionable (actually non-existent?) academic qualifications? Or perhaps about her penchant for establishing official-sounding quasi-professional bodies to promote herself and her own inflated self-importance?
"Upskirt black spots" as a descriptor is a rather interesting turn of phrase though. Shall we see triangular warning signs being installed before long? I'm sure Ms Quat would love to be photographed alongside such installations and take credit for their invention, maybe even model for them. Perhaps the inmates at Stanley are already working on prototypes for the growing number of black spots.
Would Ms Quat also care to comment on the other SCMP story today (****www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1552862/female-yahoo-executive-sued-accused-sexually-harassing-female-employee) Should we assume, based on Ms Quat's narrow world view and outmoded attitudes to these things, that all Chinese female executives are lesbian sexual predators? That said, there is evidence of at least one fellow legislators' preference for viewing scantily-clad young girls on his iPad, so perhaps her world-view is correct after all, and the rest of us are just dumb.
Please SCMP, stop giving credibility to this fraudster and does some real reporting to expose her for the charlatan she is.
tomonday
DAB is just another party with nothing better to do, run by some dumb F**K people
blue
The DAB itself is a giant blackspot.
mrheh
DAB are so ignorant. Their so-called black spots are designed aesthetically to let people enjoy a nice environment. Instead of trying to draw up guidelines to create a concrete environment, Quat & her friends would do better examining why the government hasn't delivered on matters which HK really want addressed. If this is the sort of things pursued by lawmakers, they are overpaid.
hm03
Instead of debating about the future of democracy in HK, they go and publish a pointless list like this.
LunarRepublic
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Oh, don't mind me, I'm just copying down the names of these places for...uh, to warn people! And to...um...
*runs off*
sammckhk
Yep, those 3 guys in the picture probably loved doing the 'research' for the study. Why else would they get involved in such nonsense ? HK has so many more pressing issues that the govt needs to tackle first before this trivia.
daily
So the DAB people have nothing better to do than to worry about such a frivolous issue as peeping tom blackspots...................Be realistic HKr's........when a new place is constructed, wherever it may be, the first issue is mainly the architectural and design and materials used. No architect is going to worry about the upskirt issue because if women are really concerned about overexposure, then just wear pants or an additional underlayer of panties.
Oh, and back to the DAB.........get a life and go do something useful...... Really!
Dai Muff
This is one reason why women wear panties. I am undershocked.

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