The term voyeurism is etymologically derived from the French word voir, which ultimately comes from the Latin word videre, both meaning “to see.” Voyeurism describes in general the behavior of a voyeur or a voyeuse, suggesting a secret spectator who experiences satisfaction in the sexual activity of others. To look at or to observe other persons—secretly or openly—can be a way to generate one's own identity by reflection, by contrast or stimulated by the wish for visual participation.

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