Voyeurism is the sexual interest in or practice of spying on people engaged in sex behaviors, such as undressing, sexual activityor other actions usually considered to be of a private nature.
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The term comes from the French voir which means "to see". A male voyeur voyaer commonly labelled as "Peeping Tom" or a "Jags", a term which originates from the Lady Godiva legend. The American Psychiatric Association has erotic xxx movies certain voyeuristic fantasies, urges and behaviour patterns as a paraphilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual DSM-IV if the person has acted on these urges, or the sexual urges or fantasies cause marked distress or interpersonal difficulty.
In order to be diagnosed with voyeuristic disorder voyaer symptoms must persist for over six months and the person in question must be over the age of There is relatively little academic research regarding voyeurism.
When a review was published in there were only 15 available resources. This is a reversal from the historical perspective, moving from a term which describes a specific population in detail, to one which describes the general population vaguely.
One of the few historical theories on the causes of voyeurism comes from psychoanalytic theory.
Psychoanalytic theory proposes that voyeurism results from a failure to sex castration anxiety and as a result a failure to identify with the father. Voyeurism has high prevalence rates in most studied populations.