Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Massachusetts to revoke consent of adults over 60?

A bill has been introduced in Massachusetts that would revoke the right of anyone disabled or over the age of 60 to consent to pose nude for photography or appear in a sexually explicit movie, regardless of their mental capacity. Says one blog:

According to the Massachusetts governement website, the proposal is to insert the phrase “an elder or a person with a disability” and similar language throughout the law that regulates child porn. So there you have it. If you’re over 60, you’re automatically included in the category of children and people with disabilities, regardless of your mental capacity. Further, it equates all people with disabilities into a single group, even though lots of people with disabilities are fully able to give or withhold consent.

Another points out that some people who would fall under this legislation would include "Meryl Streep, Richard Gere, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Tom Brokaw, Barbara Walters, and Al Gore. Not to mention Sophia Loren." That's not exactly a list that makes me think the market for these photos or movies would be any greater, but the proposal is outrageous nontheless.

Cross-posted to The Shotgun.

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