Sunday, June 24, 2012

Interesting Data on Voyeurism

So why are we talking about voyeurism today? I did some research on this fascinating topic when writing Decadent Deceptions. While Decadent Deceptions is a romantic suspense novel themed around the long-term love relationship between Olivia and Morgan, there is an element of voyeurism between the pages. 

Olivia must choose a husband within six months of her father's death or lose her share of the inheritance. She remains an innocent when it comes to licentious entanglements, but that doesn't prevent her from turning away from an innate sense of curiosity. 

Determined to capture Morgan's heart once and for all, Olivia embarks on a game of cat and mouse to make him jealous -- voyeurism included. After all, how else would one choose a lifetime mate?

Below is some data I came across while researching the book. Hope you enjoy. If you'd like to know more about voyeurism and serial killers, you can buy Decadent Deceptions here:

The Clinical Description of Voyeurism:
The object of voyeurism is to observe unsuspecting individuals who are naked, in the process of undressing or engaging in sexual acts. The person being observed is usually a stranger to the observer. The act of looking or peeping is undertaken for the purpose of achieving sexual excitement. The observer generally does not seek to have sexual contact or activity with the person being observed. 

If orgasm is sought, it is usually achieved through masturbation. This may occur during the act of observation or later, relying on the memory of the act that was observed. 

Frequently, a voyeur may have a fantasy of engaging in sexual activity with the person being observed. In reality, this fantasy is rarely consummated. 

Victorians and Voyeurism:
Activities such as canings, voyeurism, exhibitionism and illicit sex were commonplace in the Victorian era, but always hidden. No one spoke of such fetishes, but most found partners to indulge their favorite pastimes.The Pearl is described as A Journal of Faceteia and Voluptuous Reading. The Pearl, an underground journal published in Victorian England from July 1879 to December 1880, is an erotic treasure chest.

Another Victorian classic is My Secret Life. First published between 1888 and 1894, the novel was banned for a hundred years due to its explicit content. A Victorian gentleman chronicled his lascivious exploits using the pseudonym Walter.


Jeremy Bates said...

I wasn't aware of those books you mentioned, but I bet they were a scandal.

Voyeurism is nothing new I would suppose either. Those were some interesting definitions.

In my book, "White Lies," I have some of that going on as well.

Thanks for the post!

Unknown said...

Interesting post. I think quite a few erotic stories have at least a hint of voyeurism (including my novel 'Forfeit' and my wip 'Choices'!)

Unknown said...

Cool! I alwaus thought sex mustve been boring in the nineteenth century