New views on voyeurism
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Voyeurism 2.0: New views on voyeurism

By Steve Korver Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 14:55
The most popular of ‘deviancies’ ... Voyeurism 2.0: the lazy person's guide … An old school Peeping Tom … These news flashes and more in this week’s Sex in the Press.

Too normal to be abnormal

“Voyeurism is the sexual interest in or practice of spying on people engaged in intimate behaviours, such as undressing, sexual activity, or other actions usually considered to be of a private nature,” according to Wikipedia.

In this age of scrolling the profiles of strangers, voyeurism can also be seen as a fancy word for social media.

But voyeurism should no longer be regarded as a deviant sexual behaviour, according to ‘Lots of people like kinky sex psychologists call abnormal’. It’s simply too widespread to be considered properly weird.

“Researchers surveyed 1,040 adults in Quebec to see how often they desired or practiced eight sexual behaviours defined as outside the norm in the manual – fetishising objects, wearing clothes from the opposite sex, spying on strangers, displaying genitals to unsuspecting strangers, rubbing against a stranger, paedophilia, masochism and sadism.”

Voyeurism won: over 46% of the respondents expressed a desire to engage in voyeurism, with 35% admitting to having done it at least once.

Voyeurism 2.0

The reported number of voyeurism crimes has increased 20 times since 2005 in South Korea, according to ‘Voyeurism still tricky to stamp out in South Korea’. (Facebook was founded in 2004. Coincidence?)

“Yet the specific crime is difficult to curb mostly because the subject of the violation is often unaware of the harassment, and therefore feels no ‘sexual shame’. Also, many smartphone applications, including those that enable users to take pictures without a shutter sound, or zoom in, make it easier for voyeurs to commit the crime, prosecutors said.”

In China where traditional porn channels are blocked, the country’s 649 million web users have been increasingly turning to surreptitiously shot erotica, according to ‘Why is China so fascinated by amateur porn?’.

Meanwhile: “Across the UK drones equipped with video cameras are perving on sunbathers, hovering outside windows and hanging above children's parks,” according to the delightfully sensationalistic ‘DRONE PORN: Shock rise in sex pests filming horny Brit couples from the sky’.

Such footage is then apparently uploaded to porn sites to be watched by people too lazy to do their own proper voyeurism.

An old school Peeping Tom

No one can accuse Gerald Foos of being lazy.

“Gerald Foos bought a motel in order to watch his guests having sex. He saw a lot more than that,” according to the chilling ‘The Voyeur’s Motel’.

For 30 years, Foos considered himself a “researcher of the human condition” as he gazed through hidden holes while taking copious notes.

His subjects were: “The businessman who takes his secretary to a motel during the noon hour, which is generally classified as ‘hot sheet’ trade in the motel business. Married couples traveling from state to state, either on business or vacation. Couples who aren’t married, but live together. Wives who cheat on their husbands and vice versa. Lesbianism, of which I made a particular study… Homosexuality, of which I had little interest, but still watched to determine motivation and procedure…”

Foos even claims to have witnessed a murder. Yet he only risked exposing himself once: “He was looking down on Room 6, where he saw a guest eating Kentucky Fried Chicken while sitting on the bed. Instead of using paper napkins, the man cleaned his hands on the bedsheets. He then wiped the grease off his beard and mouth with the bedspread. Without realising what he was doing, Foos shouted, ‘You son of a bitch!’”

Wouldn’t you love to have seen that?

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