“Upskirting”, homosociality, and craftmanship: A thematic analysis of perpetrator and viewer interactions

Matthew Hall*, Jeff Hearn, Ruth Lewis

*Corresponding author for this work

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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 as form of abuse as homosociality and craftsmanship.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalViolence Against Women
Volume28
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)532-550
Number of pages19
ISSN1077-8012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 05.05.2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 518 Media and communications
  • thematic analysis
  • gender violence
  • homosociality
  • upskirting
  • craftmanship
  • violence
  • digital
  • abuse
  • online
  • manosphere

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Responsible organising

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