What is Voyeurism?
Voyeurism is a practice in which an individual intentionally spies or watches an unknowing person engaging in an activity that is viewed as erotically pleasing. These activities may include changing, stripping, or intercourse.
The word Voyeurism comes from the French term ‘voyeur’ which means ‘one who sees’. People who engage in Voyeuristic activities are called voyeur or Peeing Tom. One of the main aspects of Voyeurism is that the voyeur and the victim do not have direct physical contact.
There is a thin line between Voyeurism and Voyeuristic Disorder. Voyeurism is considered to be fantasy-based or a form of consensual non-consent plays. It usually does not go beyond the realm of fantasy or role-play. Voyeuristic Disorder occurs when the voyeurism fantasies extend to real life. Sexual desires and urges may cause psychological distress and suffering. People with Voyeuristic Disorder may tend to victimized unknowing and non-consenting adults. Some may even act upon their desires and forced themselves to others.
Several theories are trying to explain the development of Voyeuristic Disorder. Some suggest that sexual abused, alcoholism, substance abuse, and being hypersexualized played a role in the development of the disorder. Others claim that sexual imprinting and behavioral reinforcement may be the primary reason.
Dos, Don’ts & Tips
- Voyeurism is common in porn productions.
- They combined it with role-playing to provide a backstory to the scene. An example of a porn scenario includes a stepbrother watching his stepsister while showering or masturbating or an individual watches a couple having sex or engaging in erotic activities.
- Voyeurs may also experience sexual arousal from watching pornographic videos and erotic images.
- Some psychologists have successfully treated individuals with Voyeuristic Disorders using pornographic materials.
- Other treatments for Voyeuristic Disorder may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psychoanalytic, group psychotherapy and shock aversion.
- Most countries consider Voyeurism as a punishable offense.
- An individual caught in the act or proven to have engaged in voyeurism may be sent to jail or forced to pay a fine.
- In a BDSM context, Voyeurism is done with the consent of all parties involved. A set of rules and limits, as well as a safeword or action, is established before the scene.
Related Fetishes and Practices
Voyeurism is often combined with other Role-playing scenes such as Damsel in Distress, Chikan, Rape Fantasy, Ravishment, and Forced Sex. It is usually considered as the opposite of Exhibitionism, in which an individual gets sexually aroused by showing sexual acts to other people.