This had been an extremely popular questions amongst my friends: What don’t I wear skirts? – particularly amongst my guy friends. Well, that was at least a few years ago, and people don’t really bother asking me nowadays.

Actually part of the reason is pretty obvious nowadays. If you just turn to the papers (yes, Straits Times), you’d find many cases of upskirt videos, upskirt cameras and all. There’s always the fear of that happened. Some guys probably won’t understand it, but it can be quite a traumatic experience.

The other thing is of course the convenience of *not* wearing a skirt, because when I don one, then I have to be careful of the way I sit. Haha… yes, I think I can be quite a chor lor person at times =P but that aside, it does have some restrictions on what you can do and what you can’t; like cycling from one lab in school to somewhere else. =P

Quite obviously, my fear is shared with many people who had been upskirt victims. I’ve got no idea why men would do something like this when p*rn is readily available on the internet? I’m also sure that there are upskirt pictures out there as well! Perhaps it’s for the thrill of it.

According to a friend of mine, her brother admits that sex (or anything related) is always predominant in a guy’s head – to what extent a guy can control it is up to the individual. Hmm… I’m not sure how true it is, but I’ve no way to find out.

A NIGHT out with a male friend was marred when Jane (not her real name) sensed that a middle-aged man behind her on the escalator was too close for comfort.

Dressed in a blouse and miniskirt, she was at Tiong Bahru Plaza to catch a movie.

Turning around, she caught hawker Kwan Tuck Fatt with his mobile phone held underneath her skirt.

Jane’s immediate reaction was to elbow him in the stomach, but the pot-bellied, balding man got bolder, and accused her of punching him.

She then tried to grab his mobile phone, but he put up a struggle until her friend joined in to wrest the device from the man.

‘He kept insisting he did not do anything wrong and tried deleting the photos,’ Jane told The Straits Times.

But scrolling through his mobile phone, Jane found not only ‘upskirt’ snapshots of herself but of 40 other women; and images of a man and woman having sexual intercourse.

‘He begged me to let him go, saying he would delete the photos, but I was very angry,’ Jane added.

Security staff and later, the police, were called in. The man was arrested.

Last month, the 47-year-old pleaded guilty to insulting Jane’s modesty and was jailed for a month.

Even though it has been two years since the incident, Jane, now 22, is still traumatised.

‘What made me angry was that he tried to deny it at first,’ she said.

‘I also don’t want to wear skirts that often anymore because the hard truth is that the only way to stop such acts is to stop wearing short skirts,’ she said.

CAROLYN QUEK

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 15th November 2007



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