Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Moron Report #14: The Butt Picture Bandit

There are just some crimes you know are distinctly male.

Furtive Venice snapper arrested

By Christian Fraser
BBC News

A man who allegedly photographed more than 3,000 women's bottoms as they toured Venice has been arrested.

The man was stopped after police became suspicious of a large bag he was carrying as he followed women through St Mark's Square.

He has been charged with infringement of privacy. It is a crime which could earn this 38-year-old Italian from six months to four years in jail.

A police video shows a man in jeans and hooded top walking behind women.

He is trying to position his black holdall close to their legs.

Police said he was filming through a small hole in the side of the bag.

The officers had become suspicious when they realised he was only following women with short skirts. When they stopped or bent down to pick something up, he was clearly trying to angle the bag behind them.

When the voyeur was finally caught police recovered several DVDs which held more than 3,000 images of women's bottoms.

He confessed to police he had been filming in and around St Mark's Square for nearly two years.

Police have refused to name him but Mario Marina of Venice police said he is married with two young children and has a professional job in the nearby town of Padua.

He might have some explaining to do when he finally gets home.


Then again, the ladies are catching up with us, at least the female teachers. I am not sure what this means, culturally, as there were none of these teachers around when I was in high school (and had there been some, I can just imagine how I would have responded to such antics at 15-16).

All of this gets back to the debate about how much of what constitutes sex and sexualization in our society is a product of nature v. nurture. For the longest time, most people (myself included) assumed that men were biologically predisposed to being more sexual than females (largely because of our high testosterone count). However, it is impossible to ignore the recent spate of sex scandals involving women over the last several years. Moreover, almost thirty percent of porn addicts in our society are now female.

Is there something in the water that has changed women over the last ten years, or is it that our society has so thoroughly objectified and sexualized females at such a young age that they are starting to pick up on the expected behavioral patterns being conditioned in them every day by the internet, music videos, movies, and fashion? This is an open question. I honestly do not know the answer. I suspect it is both (nature and nurture). Then again, I cannot recall the last time a woman was busted for taking 3,000 pictures of men's backsides.

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