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01/12/2017
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Upskirt

upskirt – adjective, noun and verb

upskirting – noun U

upskirter – noun

Some people go to great lengths to take upskirt photos, also known as creepshots.

She was amazed to discover that there is no specific law against upskirting in most of the UK - only in Scotland.

The man covertly upskirted hundreds of women in various locations.

The only way an upskirter could be convicted as it stands is for “outraging public decency” or “voyeurism,” under section 67 of the Sexual Offences Act.

 

It is currently legal in most of the UK to put a phone up a woman's skirt and take photos or film of her crotch, without her consent. This particularly nasty form of sexual harassment may soon become illegal, though, if a young woman who experienced it has her way. Gina Martin started her campaign after police told her there was nothing they could do when a man she didn't know took upskirt photos of her at a concert last summer and shared them with his friends. Martin is trying to get the 2003 Sexual Offences Act amended to include this form of assault, and has garnered widespread support both from the public, via an online petition, and from MPs of different parties.

 

Origin

 

The adjective upskirt is formed by combining the adverb up with the noun skirt. It started life as an adjective in the late 1990s, then moved on to being used as a verb and a noun, an uncountable noun (upskirting) and a noun for referring to the person who does it (upskirter), making it a good illustration of the process of word formation in English.

 

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