Watching pornography is the first step to being a voyeur

As humans we value our own privacy as well as that of others. In children, we see this in the form of shyness, and this need not be a negative quality; in fact, it is a powerful faculty within that stops us from indecency, offensive and disagreeable activities in front of other people. It’s simply a behaviour that helps us avoid bad behaviour.

‘Visual over-stimulation’ is a good way of describing our digital age; from billboards to Blackberries there are images upon images. As a consequence, we seem to relish any opportunity to be immodest and regard what would be indecent as norm; whether that is watching scantily-clad women in bikinis selling a car, or a film heroine displaying her beauty.

Voyeurism is defined as showing a sexual interest in other people who are engaged in intimate sexual activity. Now, you may think that immodesty on billboards and pornography in magazines is not voyeurism, but I would strongly disagree. It is the first step towards voyeurism. To read this article click here