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"Upskirting," Homosociality, and Craftmanship: A Thematic Analysis of Perpetrator and Viewer Interactions.

Authors
  • Hall, Matthew1, 2
  • Hearn, Jeff3, 4, 5
  • Lewis, Ruth6
  • 1 Arden University, Coventry, UK.
  • 2 University of Derby, UK.
  • 3 University of Huddersfield, UK.
  • 4 Örebro University, Sweden. , (Sweden)
  • 5 Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland. , (Finland)
  • 6 Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2022
Volume
28
Issue
2
Pages
532–550
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/10778012211008981
PMID: 33949272
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

"Upskirting" is the action or practice of surreptitiously taking photographs or videos up a female's skirt or dress. In the United Kingdom, it is an offense. However, internationally, laws are uneven. Understanding how perpetrators account for their actions becomes an important question. Here, we present the findings of our thematic analysis of posts on the "upskirting" website, The Candid Zone. Our analysis shows that posters and respondents frame this activity as artistic and technical, providing each other with advice and guidance on where and how to get the "best" shots. We conceptualize this form of abuse as homosociality and craftsmanship.

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