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ZOO promotes Illegal Voyeur Site

Posted by charliegrrl on July 13, 2007

Voyeurism is illegal under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

But it seems ZOO, along with other lads mags, don’t take this seriously.

A regular feature in lads mags is semi-nude photos of women sent in via readers’ mobile phones. It is often unclear if they have permission from these women to take their photo, as the women aren’t posing for the camera, with the snapshots often being a rear view of a woman’s body.

Nuts publish upskirt shots of Big Brother female contestants, treating Big Brother as a legitimate webcam through which to spie up a woman’s skirt without her permission.

ZOO recently did a feature of The Hottest Webcam Babes, where they show women doing strip teases on a webcam. In the feature, they mock the fact that voyeurism is illegal. ZOO refers to an illegal voyeur website, Peephole Cam, for readers to visit.

This website shows hundreds of secret cameras in women’s bedrooms for people to watch. The website even offers money to set up secret cameras in women’s bedrooms and provides a forum for voyeur-loving men to discuss the women and share tips on setting up their own.

Why do ZOO think it is acceptable to refer its readers to the website..?

Here are some snippets from the Peephole Cam website. Read them and tell me you don’t now feel paranoid…

 

 

Disclaimer: The above website is illegal to view in this country, so please don’t visit it. I accessed the website for journalist purposes.

ZOO Issue 156 16-22nd Feb 2007 page 52

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28 Responses to “ZOO promotes Illegal Voyeur Site”

  1. Grace said

    I think i’m going to cry. I want to say ‘how can people behave like that?’ but I already know the answer so I can’t. I take the website is American (as many non-UKs are, not because I think voyeurism is rife in the US) – why isn’t it illegal over there?

    I just feel so sick and sad for that poor woman in the condo, as well as all the other women who will fall prey to this. If that website is illegal then aren’t Zoo acting illegally by promoting it to UK readers? Aren’t they encouraging illegal activity? I think that would be called ‘aiding and abetting’.

    So many people won’t take this seriously. I’ll tell people and they’ll laugh. “Oh those guys who write for those mags, such jokers”…er no. They love women’s (I mean girls, laydezz, chix, but not women) bodies, but they hate the person inside. They might as well be robots…next week in Zoo perhaps.

  2. Cellycel said

    Yeah, I feel ill.

    Jesus Christ. So they’re setting up hidden cameras in the houses of real women? Fuck. Fuck, what are we to these guys? I mean, they’re not out to invade men’s privacy. They’re not looking to humiliate, dominate and control the men are they? No, they’re doing it exclusivly and specifically to women.
    Yeah, it’s demoralizing.
    Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck.

    ARGH.

  3. I feel sick! Angry beyond words, and sick!

    Thank god the last place I rented was from a woman! Im looking for a new place now and I must admit this has really shit me up!

  4. emma said

    Just to be clear – voyeurism is a sexual offence, at least in the UK. However Zoo seem to think joking about child abuse is funny too – I found this in the ‘hot links’ section.

    “Brave Aussie wears T-shirt with “Kiddie Fiddler” emblazoned across the chest, purely to wind up Yanks.”

    Oh no those humourless Americans DON’T think child abuse is funny? What’s wrong with them?

  5. I felt the same as the flat I used to live in was rented from a man, and I used to share a house with a porn perv computer geek…and I wouldn’t put it passed him to set up cameras. But from the examples I saw, they are perving on women that they know.

    I think the site may be American cos of the language they use. I don’t know if voyeurism is illegal in America… Remember American Pie where the guy put up a webcam in his bedroom to film a woman getting changed…? It’s supposed to be funny, but it isn’t.

  6. Michelle said

    As Grace said, if it’s illegal to view the website, surely it’s then illegal for a magazine to promote it? The stuff lad mags get away with…

  7. Although voyeurism is a crime, as always laws can be passed but that does not mean they will be implemented and enforced. Such is the case with Nuts and Zoo. The crime of voyeurism does not apply to Nuts and Zoo because these are just men’s magazines and it is all men’s right to view and treat women as sexualised commodities. But if it was men’s little ‘pencils’ which were being subjected to ridicule and parody immediately such images would be banned. Remember harm only occurs when it is men or male bodies which are treated with contempt and hatred – never women’s bodies or women in general. We unlike men are not human and it is men not women who enact and pass laws for male benefit and continued male power over women.

  8. Lost Clown said

    Jesus. I’m pretty sure that voyeurism is a crime here in the states as well. (But it may vary from state to state)

    Ah, from A Guide to America’s Sex Laws I have found:

    No statutes in Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Conneticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ne Hampshire, New jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconson, and Wyoming.

    That’s over half the states in the US that don’t have laws against voyeurism.
    Needless to say I was wrong and the US has no national law about voyeurism. So apparently this website, if operating from one of those states is legal.

  9. Lost Clown said

    Incidentally the only state in which voyeurism is a felony is Mississippi. Yay Mississippi! (It’s usually a misdeamor and in New York it’s a paltry civil penalty, meaning just a fine, no criminal record, etc.)

  10. Richie said

    Reminds me of this.

  11. I’m pretty sure voyeurism is illegal in the US, but it may fall under state rather than federal law (sorry, not a lawyer).

  12. bekah said

    So where would we complain or campaign to make this unacceptable (the nuts and zoo bit)? Is there a petition set up or something?

  13. Grace said

    I couldn’t find an organisation to complain to about general printed material, as i’m not going to bother to complaining directly, I know when i’m wasting my breath – so I have emailed the Advertising Standards Agency with my complaint and asked them to direct me to the appropriate organisation for my complaint. Not sure how far it will get, but I put it out there anyway.

    I made a point of the illegality of it.

  14. Emperor Bradfordius said

    ” treating Big Brother as a legitimate webcam through which to spie up a woman’s skirt without her permission”

    Do you really think that the contestants didn’t sign a waiver giving permission to be filmed 24 hours a day? Are you really that stupid?

  15. Of course, it’s obvious Big Brother contestants have signed a waiver so that any image of them on film in the BB house is Big Bro’s property. That’s why I didn’t say it is illegal for Nuts to print upskirt shots of Big Bro contestants. It is still disrespectful of Nuts to do this, as I said, treating Big Brother as a legitimate webcam through which to spie up a woman’s skirt without her permission

  16. I complained to Internet Watch, but I received no reply. I don’t think Voyeurism comes under their remit for some reason…

    I’d complain to your MP and to big shops who sell ZOO to enlighten them to what’s in the lads mags they sell. ASA is for complaints about advertising and competitions so it doesn’t come under their remit. Although it doesn’t harm to complain to them too.

    Richie, I wasn’t aware that Lynx Vice came with a spie web cam, that’s shit. This also reminds me of FHM doing a feature on spying down women’s tops by attaching a mini camera to your dog’s collar, and when a woman bends down to pet the dog, the camera films down her top.

    FHM Puppy Cam

  17. Grace said

    re – lynx vice comp

    I love the gall of the promoters – that they don’t advertise the hidden can camera to be used inappropriately…cuz men who sign up to ‘find the naughty girl’ all in the name of winning a shitty video transmitter which doesn’t sound particularly sophisticated, aren’t going to make it worth their while by catching something ‘interesting’ on camera…

    Glad to see that brad hasn’t graduated beyond stupidly obvious insults of the intelligences by purposely misreading something, it’s so refreshing to have consistency in time wasters 😉

  18. emma said

    Well I’m sure Lynx have very well paid lawyers working for them to make sure they don’t end up getting their corporate collars felt. But do you know Lynx is brought to you by Unilever, also the manufacturers of Dove who are constantly telling us how much they support women. Take a look at what they say about Lynx on their corporate website (largely because it’s quite funny).

    http://www.unilever.co.uk/ourbrands/personalcare/lynx.asp

    (historical footnote – Unilever was originally the manufacturer of Sunlight soap and was set up Lord Leverhulme who was noted for his social responsibility – how are the mighty fallen eh?)

  19. Lost Clown said

    Littoralmermaid: The list I published of states which do not count voyeurism as a crime is comprehensive and with 26 states having no statutes against voyeurism it is more then depressing.

  20. Lost Clown – eek, sorry, I think one of us was caught in the moderation queue.

    “A Guide to America’s Sex Laws”
    That title makes me think for some reason of a ZOO reader trying to find out what places have failed to criminalize the perverted crap that he’s looking for.

    And unfortunately, Mississippi is one of the most pro-religious right states in the US – they have only one abortion clinic in the whole state – so sadly, their government is not feminist-friendly.

  21. polyestergirl said

    in fhm mag, a photograph of an attractive woman sitting,whose face is covered by a cowboy hat.she appears to be looking at her phone. a man had sent it in proclaiming “check out this chick i snapped at the beach”.kind of sad really. the idea is that if a female is considered appealing,her body is somehow public property.how would these guys feel if a stranger did the same to them?i’m glad u picked this up,has been on my mind 4 a while.ps HARRY POTTER IS NOT SEXIST!!!!!!!

  22. bekah said

    Hermione for Prime Minister!

  23. Grace said

    I got a reply from ASA! Just to tell me that the relevant organisation is the Press Complaint Commission, but still it’s a reply. The web address is http://www.pcc.org.uk .

  24. Emma said

    Hi Polyestergirl – as far as I can see if FHM are publishing a picture of a woman which was taken covertly without her permission (and the image is not otherwise in the public domain) they are potentially in breach of the Data Protection Act, as this counts as processing personal information, and you are meant to obtain permission. Anyone who’s concerned about this kind of issue can get advice from the information commission at http://www.ico.gov.uk

  25. Excellent Grace!

  26. Grace said

    I’ve now sent an extended complaint to PCC and told them exactly which publisher codes of conduct ZOO are breaking. Funny how there is no code on encouraging illegal behaviour though. Don’t suppose you have any scans/pics of the actual article do you? They seem to want irrefutable proof, like they couldn’t just get their hands on the information easily themselves!

  27. CrankyCrone said

    Thank you Emma for that amusing link on Lynx:
    “and was packaged in distinctive black with silver lettering, giving it strong associations with maleness and sexual potency.”

    Nothing to do with the phallic shaped packaging then. I shall never be able to look at silver lettering quite the same ever again!

  28. Scavengergirl said

    A spycam pen – “So you can spy on all the hotties in the shower without getting caught.”

    Thank goodness I’m going to be dead before all of my morals are corrupted by the rest of the world.

    http://www.techfresh.net/gadgets/spy-gear/bluetooth-enabled-dvr-pen/

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