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The Week In Garbage Men: Tory MPs Fight For 'Upskirt' Photographer Rights

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As much as it sometimes seems to be the case, not all of the terrible men in the world are located here, in America. There are, indeed, garbage men all over! Including in the UK!


This week, we travel over to jolly old Britain, where on Friday, Parliament was all set to pass a bill that would have made "upskirting" -- the appalling practice of taking pictures up a woman's skirt -- a criminal offense with a prison sentence of up to two years. The bill was introduced by liberal Democrat lawmaker Wera Hobhouse following a campaign by a woman named Gina Martin after she was told by police that there were pretty much no charges she could press against the man who took an upskirt photo of her at a music festival. Why? Because she had been wearing underwear when he did it.

The bill was expected to pass, given the fact that this is a thing most people can agree is both appalling and criminal.

Alas, that did not happen, as two Tories, Shipley MP Philip Davies and Christchurch MP Sir Christopher Chope, worked together to make sure that the bill did not get a vote, because of a personal objection the two of them have to "private member's bills," which they claim are too politically correct. Whatever the hell that means.

On Friday, Davies filibustered the bill for several hours, talking about another bill involving mental patients, leaving only 9 minutes left to discuss and vote on the upskirt bill -- at which point Sir Christopher objected -- which was enough to push discussion and voting on the bill until July.

Chope is perhaps best known for having opposed the posthumous pardon of Alan Turing, who was convicted for being gay. He has also voted against these other private member's bills, all of which seem like things that no normal human person would be against.

- Safeguarding wild animals in circuses
- Protecting police dogs from being stabbed
- National standards for taxi licences
- Banning fraudulent wearing of medals
- Giving 6th formers better career advice

I've heard a lot of weird things in my time, but "No, we definitely need police dogs to be stabbed more often" is a new one on me. But I guess if you are the kind of person who doesn't think it should be a crime to shove your phone between a woman's legs and take a picture, that is just par for the course.

Naturally, a lot of geniuses have offered their support for MPs Davies and Chope on the Twitter machine.



Who here ISN'T for the upcoming SyFy movie, Tslut Tsunami?

Anyway, this is now your OPEN THREAD! And since I am today mourning the passing of Nick Knox, drummer for The Cramps, allow me to send you off with an appropriate jam.



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Robyn Pennacchia

Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse

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There is a very normal article circulating on the internet right now by a fella named Don Boys (that's not the joke, the jokes are coming), who is both an insane batshit preacher, and also an insane batshit former member of the Indiana House of Representatives. (Also sometimes he blogs at the Daily Caller about how Mike Pence really went balls deep into the gay agenda when he swore in that insane batshit gay guy Rick Grenell as America's ambassador to Germany.)

This article, of course, is about Pete Buttigieg, because what are anti-gay buffoons obsessed with right now? Pete Buttigieg. Boys (still his name) is primarily concerned not with the simple fact that Buttigieg is gay, but with how gay Buttigieg really is. IN THE SEX WAY!

Well, Don, since you asked!

Shall we dive into this thing without the proper prophylactics? We shall.

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