May 252017
 

City Attorney Mike Feuer

“This was a very important case to me – as a father, as a son, as someone who recognizes the damage that body shaming can do because it is so humiliating,” said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. “The issues that surround body shaming can be devastating – not only to daughters and mothers, but also to sons and fathers, members of the LGBTQ community, to a trans kid who might be struggling with identity, to people who are disabled. The message today is clear: body shaming is not tolerated in the City of Los Angeles.

“When I first heard about this case, I was incredulous that while the taking of the photo in these circumstances is clearly against the law, the actual distribution of it didn’t have any real consequences,” continued Feuer. “So just this week, the California State Senate passed a bill I’ve sponsored (SB 784 – Crimes: disorderly conduct: invasion of privacy). The bill provides that if you take a photo of someone in these circumstances without their permission–someone who is nude or partially clothed–and then distribute it, the penalty is enhanced by $1,000 and the individual whose photo was taken is entitled to restitution in an amount necessary to get that picture off the internet and out of public distribution. That’s crucial, because every day that picture lives online is another day of humiliation. I am optimistic this bill will soon be enacted and further protect Californians from body shaming.”

Feuer’s office filed a criminal case against former Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers in November for allegedly secretly photographing a 70-year-old woman in the nude while she was in the shower area of a local fitness center. Mathers allegedly posted the photograph to social media.

Mathers, 29, was charged with one count of invasion of privacy (PC 647(j)(3)(A). Today she entered a plea of no contest and will perform 30 days of community labor.

“This country has a growing problem of bullying through body-shaming on social media that needs to be addressed,” said State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) “Having a photo taken of you in a fitting room or locker room when you have a reasonable expectation of privacy is humiliating in and of itself — but when that photo is then shared across social media the victim can experience long-term harm and embarrassment. This type of behavior is destructive and Senate Bill 784 will make sure our laws keep pace with the ever changing social media environment. As the Mather’s case has demonstrated, this legislation is an important step to protecting the privacy of Californians.”

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine supports the work L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer in this case, too. Apart from any legal repercussions, this particular act of body shaming says a lot about the perpetrator. Obviously, Dani Mathers doesn’t have either a mother or grandmother, leave alone any respect for women or the aging. Worse, it didn’t occur to her yet that she herself is a woman and a human being who is not immune to either life or aging. Let’s hope that time and the inevitable changes it produces will reform her.

The case – in spite of the legal victory – is quite depressing. Here is a wise take on it, from Twitter.

LA City Attorney Mike Feuer On Body Shaming

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

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Nov 062016
 

Charges Filed Against Dani Mathers

CITY ATTORNEY FEUER FILES CHARGES AGAINST MODEL FOR ALLEGEDLY SECRETLY PHOTOGRAPHING WOMAN IN LOCKER ROOM

Photo allegedly was posted to social media

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced on November the 4th 2016 that his office has filed a criminal case against former Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers for allegedly secretly photographing a 70-year-old woman in the nude while she was in the shower area of a local fitness center. Mathers allegedly posted the photograph to social media.

“Body shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences. It mocks and stigmatizes its victims, tearing down self-respect and perpetuating the harmful idea that our unique physical appearances should be compared to air-brushed notions of ‘perfect.’ What really matters is our character and humanity,” said Feuer. “While body-shaming, in itself, is not a crime, there are circumstances in which invading one’s privacy to accomplish it can be. And we shouldn’t tolerate that.”

Mathers, 29, was charged with one count of invasion of privacy (PC 647(j)(3)(A). If convicted, Mathers could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Arraignment is scheduled for November 28 in Department 48 of Los Angeles Superior Court.

In July, Mathers allegedly used her cell phone to surreptitiously take a nude picture of a woman in the shower/locker area of a local LA Fitness health club. The photograph was later allegedly uploaded to Mather’s Snapchat account – along with comments about the woman’s appearance and a picture of Mathers covering her mouth.

Deputy City Attorney Chadd Kim of the City Attorney’s Special Trials Unit is prosecuting the case.

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From the Editors of Anything L.A. Magazine: Invasion of privacy and body shaming aside, there is the issue of the victim’s age. (Ageism or elderly shaming?) A new car may be judged by many criteria. A classic car is judged by its history. How would Dani Mathers feel if some moron took a nude picture of her Grandma and criticized her body? Wouldn’t she be outraged? No one in their sound mind would belittle 1944 classic vehicle for not having USB charger, WiFi or A/C.
Anything L.A. Magazine is only a magazine and we obviously don’t have any legal authority but IF we did, we’d call for a mandatory sensitivity training followed by 6 months of community service, serving the elderly. (Compassion can’t be taught, but a little respect for the elders, perhaps.) PLUS someone give a gold medal to the lady in the nude pictures: in an age when many senior citizens have trouble sitting down and getting up she is an active gym member? More power to her: active is beautiful!

 

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No 20 something is qualified to judge 70 year old person's appearance. This is much more than invasion of privacy. Dani Mathers is disgusting.