Upskirt refers to the practice of making unauthorized photographs under a woman's skirt, capturing an image of her crotch area, underwear and sometimes genitalia.
The term "upskirt" can also refer to a photograph, video, or illustration which incorporates an upskirt image.
they ban mini-skirts in the streets and say they're an invitation to rape...." Many women, on the other hand, viewed the new style as rebellion against previous clothing styles and as women's liberation of their own bodies.
For the first time many women felt comfortable exposing their thighs, whether on the beach in a swimsuit or in street wear, and were even relaxed when in some situations their underwear would be visible.
Some upskirt and downblouse images originate as innocent fun images which are made with the knowledge and lack of objection of the females affected.
The ethical and legal issue relating to upskirt and downblouse photography is one of a reasonable expectation of privacy, even in a public place.
The concept and interest in upskirt is not new, though the term is more recent.
For example, looking up a woman's skirt was depicted in the 1767 painting The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard.In "polite society", looking up a lady's skirt was regarded as impolite or rude.In less polite society, looking up a lady's skirt or her lifting up the skirt or otherwise exposing her underwear was regarded as bawdy, as in the case of cabaret dances such as the can-can or in the case of entertainment involving the raising of a dancer's dress by her spinning rapidly.By the polite society, such behaviour was widely judged as indecent.The sudden popularity in the 1960s of the miniskirt brought the concept out onto the streets, and was viewed by many as mass exhibitionism.One commentator in the 1960s said, "In European countries ...