Upskirt

Upskirt

Upskirt 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 or buttocks. Alternatively, an "upskirt" may be a video, an illustration, or simply a view.

Upskirt photographs are common on pornographic websites.

Voyeurism

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.

Legal consideration

Australia

Many states in Australia have passed laws making it illegal to take upskirt photos in public places without the subject's consent.

Japan

In Japan, 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.

New Zealand

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.

United States

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.

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