By Emily Maitlis | 11/05/2016 07:07:25The rise of the upskirting video is now all too familiar.
It is an emerging phenomenon in which the voyeurist takes an intimate image of a woman’s private parts, or, if he or she is brave enough, takes a nude photo of the subject.
Upskirting has now been banned in several countries, including France and Spain.
It has also been banned on college campuses in the United States, as well as on a number of popular dating sites.
Yet despite this recent rise in the ban, there are still plenty of women and girls who find themselves at the mercy of strangers, caught in the crossfire of an intense voyeuristic culture.
The truth about upskirted videos and its effects on women.
By Emily M, a freelance journalist and editor at Everyday Feminism.
This is not a post about my personal opinion of upskirts, but rather, a series of questions I want to ask myself as I watch these voyeuristically voyeurizing videos.
Is there a correlation between voyeurism and sexual assault?
If so, how?
How is upskilling affecting our relationships with one another and with the rest of the world?
Is there a clear path to preventing voyeur videos from happening?
And what can we do about it?
Upskirt-related videos have been on my mind since I was a teenager.
I remember being horrified when I first saw them on TV, watching them as young teens.
I would see a girl’s underwear being pulled down, then her butt being shown, then a boy’s underwear, then the girl’s breasts, then some other parts of her body.
Upskirts were not uncommon, but it wasn’t until I began living in my parents’ basement that I started to understand the social repercussions of voyeur images.
Upskirting videos have become a common topic in the media and in our own heads.
I grew up in a society where voyeurisms were taboo, and yet I was aware that I was not alone.
So when I began studying upskirters, I was worried about what might happen if I dared to expose myself.
I am a married woman who has two young children.
I work as a full-time freelance journalist.
I often use my husband as my editor.
I am a single mother of a young child and work full time for a health and beauty business.
I have a full time job, and I am also a freelance writer.
I love writing, and so when I discovered upskirdings, I wondered, what does it mean to be a woman in our society?
What are the consequences for the woman who is exposed to these images?
How did we come to accept upskirs?
Up until recently, the majority of men have not seen a video of their partner’s upskircut.
Even more importantly, women were not aware that upskirling was legal.
There were very few legal definitions for the act of upskirts and, in my opinion, it was only women who understood the law.
In the past, upskirlings were viewed as a social taboo that should be avoided.
But now, as we all come to live in our everyday lives, it is time to put the taboo aside and look at it from a societal perspective.
We have to ask ourselves, how did we get here?
What is the history of upkirting?
Why did it start?
How does it impact women and children?
What are the risks of voyeurs and upskiers sharing upskirths?
What can we learn from the video?
Upskirts are now the norm in most Western countries.
It began in the 1950s, when women’s bodies were more often seen as sexual objects.
In this period, women began to work in the home and had fewer options for casual sex.
As a result, upskirts were more common and more visible.
Up skirts have since become a form of sexual assault and have been banned by several countries.
In France, for example, the law is on the books against upskirsting.
Upskirts have been widely used for sexual gratification, especially by young men.
Upkiers are also used by older men, who feel more entitled to women’s body parts than they do the younger women.
Up-skirthing videos, especially those that are filmed in public, have been used as a tool to groom young men for sexual encounters with older women.
How can we prevent this?
What kinds of actions are most harmful?
What kind of attitudes are most damaging?
These questions are complicated and often debated by upskier and voyeur communities.
Some women have blamed social norms for what they consider a bad environment.
Others, like my friend Lauren, blame social conditioning for what she feels is a lack of respect for women.
Others are trying to find some measure of empowerment by confronting the cultural norms of their time