is a :slang
term usually referring to up skirt photography
, images of the view up a woman's skirt
(as seen from underneath), including shots of a woman's underwear
, or exposing her vulva
. Alternatively, an "upskirt" may be a video
, an illustration
, or simply a view.
Upskirt photographs are common on pornographic websites.
While upskirt images may be captured consensually, many viewers seek such images taken surreptitiously (and presumably without the subject's consent). The creation and viewing of this type of upskirt are a form of voyeurism
. The advent of cell phones
fitted with cameras
(a.k.a. camera phones
) is often credited for the surge in this type of photograph.
Many states in Australia
have passed laws making it illegal to take upskirt photos in public places
without the subject's consent.
, hidden-camera photography itself is not against the law as of 2002; however, distributing such photos publicly may break the law. Camera phones sold in Japan make an audible noise when taking a picture. This feature makes the subject more likely to notice if clandestine upskirt photos are being taken without consent.
In New Zealand
it is illegal to take voyeuristic photos of intimate body parts in any setting in which a person has a "reasonable expectation of privacy". This includes public and private settings. It is also illegal to possess or distribute such images.
Upskirt images have also been a driving force behind a wave of state
, local, and Federal legislation
that began around the year 2000, shortly after the introduction and subsequent widespread proliferation of camera phones