A man was confronted at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for taking pictures of a pair of young women (in their 20s or 30s). How would you handle a person taking pictures of you or your loved ones?
Pervert Confronted In Airport For Taking Pictures Of Young Women
One of the women broadcast a confrontational dialogue between her and the man on TikTok.
The woman is very firm and direct, but also (it seems to me) fairly polite, with the exception of one f-bomb. Rather than just walk away, the “busted” man, wearing a wedding ring, actually stopped to chat, then deleted the five pictures off his phone, though he appeared to walk away again when told to go into his deleted folder and permanently delete the pictures.
But an honest question, here. This is the person behind the phone on TikTok:
I know some people won’t understand why we are so upset/mad but this happens WAY too often and it’s violating and creepy.♬ original sound – Bailzherb
Read that comment and her response.
These are some recent pictures she posted:
While I wholly condemn the “she was asking for it” defense as vile and disgusting in the context of sexual abuse, I cannot help but to think that taking pictures might be a bit different? If you’re going to plaster your social media accounts with revealing pictures and in very literal terms, flaunt yourself, do you expect people to avoid taking pictures in a public place? Isn’t that precisely what you are after?
The guy had every legal right to take the pictures and could have just walked away and ignored the women. That he chose to engage with them and then delete the pictures shows the power of shame, even in 2021.
That said, the guy may have had a legal right, but it is both a little desperate and perverted to sneak pictures of young women at an airport (or any public space). In that sense, trying to take the pictures discreetly seems even worse than doing it blatantly.
I have no defense for the man at all, but I’m failing to understand why his photos were “violating” of the women (indeed, they were creepy). Was it because he took pictures of them based upon the way they looked or dressed and not because of who they were (compared to paparazzi chasing celebrities)? Is consent necessary even in public places?
In any case, how would you handle someone coming up to you and taking your picture an airport? What if it was your daughter or wife?