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Upskirt and downblouse – women beware, perverts are on the loose!

Remember when growing up school boys used to put mirrors under the seats just have a glimpse of what the girls were wearing?

Forget the mirrors, the practice has evolved and gone digital. With everyone able to access a smart phone with a camera, you will be surprised what they do with them – it’s called upskirting.

A friend of this writer was recently subjected to this revolting experience. As she was queuing for a matatu she felt someone close behind her.

What she saw when she quickly turned around startled her. A man was crouching behind her with one of his hands extended toward the bottom of her skirt – which fell just above her knees – and his cell phone was in hand.

The woman yelled and the man ran off and disappeared in the crowd.

SEXUAL FETISH

According to Wikipedia the practice is called upskirt which is basically taking unauthorized photographs under a woman’s skirts and capturing the image of her crotch area and underwear.

The practice is regarded as a form of sexual fetishism or voyeurism and is similar in nature to downblouse which involves watching female breasts looking down a woman’s dress.

For obvious reasons, the victims of these practices are almost exclusively females, and most pictures are taken in shopping malls, matatus, and restaurants or even on the streets.

That explains the numerous photos you will see on-line that have apparently been uploaded without the subject’s consent.

So ladies next time you see someone encroaching on your space for no apparent reason and he’s holding a smart phone, just move away from him politely.