Kate Middleton: it’s all going tits up

There are certain perennial hot topics I avoid in open forum, or with people I don’t know well.

Typically, this would include Politics, Religion, Royalty and, of late, any debate about ’50 Shades of Grey’. Talk about a nation divided.

Kate Middleton’s breasts, however, are everywhere – and managed to find even me with my head in the sand.

Many enquired what I felt about the issue, one of whom was my teen, all knowing my views on the state of our supposed heads of State.

As it turns out, I feel even more strongly about privacy laws.

Whether or not this woman signed up willingly for this very public role should be irrelevant where her personal life is concerned. Kate Middleton wasn’t topless when visiting that hospice in Kuala Lumpur or while doing the shopping at Asda. No, she was in her private space enjoying personal and private time with her intimates and homies.

‘She must realise she can no longer do this sort of thing, because she should expect photographers to try and steal a photograph’ is popular but, I feel, dangerous reasoning. And doesn’t it also smack a little of the ‘If you wear THAT, what do you expect,’ debate which has plagued women for years?

A cruel slap in the face then, also, that these pictures were published by the French version of ‘Closer’ magazine. A publication ostensibly in favour of upholding the rights and dignity of women.

And even more ironic that many celebrities have hitherto sought refuge in France where invasion of privacy is taken a very dim view of. Mais oui.

But then again, maybe if we the public were less interested in the goings on of these people behind their closed doors, Paparazzi would cease and desist and start to report on, you know, news.

But not to digress.

No, the right to privacy must be all encompassing, and in speaking up for the rights of public figures in this particular regard we are in effect speaking up for the rights of us all as private individuals.

Private individuals with a basic human right to privacy when not on the job.

Unless, of course, we are saying that we are quite happy to see this basic premise go completely tits up!

Melinda

 

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