What Is A Voyeur?

1583 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 7 Pages
What is a Voyeur? It’s a person who gets pleasure from secretly watching others in private moments. In The Living Room, the narrator’s voyeurism of her neighbors is wrong and she continually dismisses her intrusive violations of privacy of the couple. She expresses guilt that is due to her lack of non-consent from the couple and clearly violates their privacy. The person/s being viewed are intruded upon and are most often damaged by being watched. Throughout mankind we have been curious of the unknown and get pleasure from watching others and we have acknowledged this behavior and the acceptance of it as normal. The heavy appeal of social media and reality shows are now providing us with the ability to compare ourselves with other people in private or intimate situations that either we wish we could be in or happy we are not. This bad behavior is unacceptable, but where do the lines of privacy begin or end. Ever caught yourself watching someone or people watching at the mall? Of course you have. We are all a little voyeuristic, in the sense that we like to watch people’s private lives and revealing moments, all the things that we can’t normally see when the curtains are left open. When we think of a voyeur, we dance around the image of a Peeping Tom, a pervert lurking at a window watching a female undress. Voyeurism is originally derived as a psychiatric term meaning, “The practice of obtaining sexual gratification by looking at sexual objects or acts, especially…

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