We aim to shed some light on a topic a few people take seriously. Of course, we’re here to speak about upskirting. This form of voyeurism isn’t that obvious if you haven’t heard about it before. Sometimes it’s so discreet that women can rarely prove someone tried to abuse them in this manner.
So, in case you don’t know what we’re talking about, please allow us to explain this form of sexual misconduct. Namely, upskirting means secretly taking inappropriate photos of women’s private parts in public, for example, taking shots of some girl’s crotch while on the bus without her consent. But before we continue with some examples, let’s go into detail about this mischievous practice.
What Is “Upskirt”?
Just like we’ve said, upskirting is a form of voyeurism. It means that one person is taking photos or videos of intimate parts of someone else without their knowledge, i.e., by being sneaky and snapping some pics from underneath their skirt. Most of the time, women are the victims. It means that males photograph their legs, genitals, or buttocks while they’re not watching. Afterward, upskirt photos go viral, upsetting someone’s privacy, degrading and depicting females as simple sexual objects.
Usually, upskirting occurs in the public transport, dressing rooms of gyms, or even cafés and restaurants. The thing is, skirts and dresses are becoming shorter and more provocative. That allows predators to take advantage of someone’s looks and presence. But a girl’s choice of fashion is no excuse for taking photos of their private parts without their approval.
Nevertheless, laws against upskirts exist in most countries. But the thing is, sometimes it’s hard to prove the case. Taking photos nowadays is as easy as erasing images on your smartphone that victims have a hard time making their point.
Why It Never Really Goes Away
As much as we’re aware of this problem, it seems like there’s no end in sight for it. Namely, upskirting has a lot to do with psychology. A considerable number of people get off being Peeping Toms. Yup, voyeurism is a fetish that can easily cross the thin line between something acceptable and unlawful.
The whole thing began in the early 1960s. In those days, the sexual revolution began, and women were no longer considered deviant if they wore more provocative clothes. The mini-skirts were a big fashion hit. Unfortunately, they provided predators with a brand-new way of getting pleasure without the other person’s consent and knowledge.
Nowadays, modern tech is spying on us all the time. So, being a Peeping Tom is easier than ever. Cameras and surveillance devices are becoming so small and discreet that it’s harder and harder to spot someone tracking you. While in transport, most of us have our phones out. You can’t tell who’s doing what behind their screen.
And with the rise of social media and easy file sharing, our privacy is no longer in our hands like before. It’s not unordinary for a girl to see a picture of her intimate regions going viral all over Twitter. Furthermore, being paranoid about it while outside also doesn’t help. It just adds fuel for the fire.
Psychology and Culture
The psychology of upskirts is a difficult subject, but it needs attention now more than ever. Intimacy is sacred, and we should treat it with care. Educating people from a young age is also important. Making them aware that it’s not okay to treat someone as cannon fodder for ridicule, abuse, or non-consensual sexual pleasure is key.
The question “Why do people like upskirts?” will probably become a more prominent topic as spying technologies become even more advanced. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about it now. Raising awareness is as important as preventing someone from doing it. However, let’s see how different countries and their laws look on upskirting.
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Back in 2019, upskirting became a legal term in England and Wales. It took an internet petition for the authorities to finally add it to their 2003 Sexual Offenses Act. A young woman reported her case to the police only to find out that there were no laws that prohibited such form of abuse. She then wrote a Facebook post that later launched an online petition that shortly managed to change the law.
But on the other side of the Atlantic, in the United States, the laws vary from state to state. There is a federal law from 2004 that prohibits people from making non-consensual photos of other people’s private parts. People who outrage public decency end up in the sex offender register in their county or state.
Furthermore, in Japan, upskirting has its name — “Panchira.” Depictions of a woman’s skirt slightly lifted and showing underwear or genitals are prominent images in Japanese anime and manga titles. Their culture has problems with voyeurism practices that specific laws against it have been in place for some years now.
Recently, many countries all over the globe have criminalized similar actions too. Germany, Australia, and New Zealand all have strict laws that apply to this form of privacy invasion. For instance, a man in Singapore is set to face up to two years in prison for upskirting. He took over a thousand pictures of females’ private parts from 2003 to 2016.
Although times are changing, some awful things prevail from generation to generation. And as such, sexual harassment is still somewhat taboo. Even if it seems like almost every other week we hear a story about female celebrities speaking about their unfortunate experiences in the entertainment industry, we still don’t talk about it as much as we should.
But ordinary women don’t have that power. Ladies all over the world are waging constant quixotic battles against misogyny. Unfortunately, the success of their struggles varies from case to case and from culture to culture. You could argue that today the status of females is far better than it was just 20 years ago, but that’s still not good enough.
And with technology creeping from every corner, upskirting and voyeurism are as dangerous as ever. The awareness of people is something we all need to work on. So, talking about topics like these is a healthy start.
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