The Evolution of Porn: from the stone age to the present

  1. Cave painting
    Since ancient times, people have shown interest in images of sex. The first examples of such sexual creativity date back to the Stone Age. In those days, the caveman drew everything he wanted on the stone: animals, people, hunting scenes and, of course, sex scenes! Ancient man was prone to exaggeration, so rock pornographic art was grotesque.
  1. Painting on ceramics
    Ceramics were the first sculptures with sexual connotations. For the first time, such ceramics began to appear in the interval between 28,000 BC and 25,000 BC. Venus of Willendorf is a typical example of such creativity. This is the first figure of a nude woman known to science. Similar ceramic figures have also been found in Peru.

  2. First erotic editionThe first erotic publications appeared long before the advent of paper and printing. In 1150 BC, the Turin erotic papyrus was created in Egypt, illustrated with explicit sexual pictures. The first half of this papyrus was entirely devoted to sexual positions. The second half contained texts and strange illustrations. It looks like it was an ancient prototype of Playboy magazine, in which its creators tried to combine erotic and other entertaining content.
  1. Bowls with sexy images
    The heyday of eroticism and pornography marked the ancient period of history. In 500 BC, in Hellas, they began to massively make bowls with drawings – kiliki. Such vessels were often used at feasts. To prevent the feasting from getting bored between the approaches of the cupbearers, they were decorated with images of explicit sex scenes. They also began to depict sex scenes on amphoras.
  1. The emergence of the first literary erotic works
    In the 11th century AD, the first erotic work appeared – the Japanese story of Genji. This literary work is considered the first novel in the world. In Europe, pornographic publishing began to flourish after the invention of the printing press in the 16th century. Also at this time, erotic prints became very popular. The most famous engraver of that time was the Italian master Giovanni Battista Palumba. In 1524 the book “I Modi” was published, in which the Italian engraver, Marcantonio Raimondi, clearly showed and described 16 sexual positions. Pope Clement VII’s reaction to this work was very harsh. The author was sent to prison, and the edition was burned at the stake.
  1. Pornographic paintings and novels
    During the Age of Enlightenment, sexually explicit works began to appear en masse. In front of all was France, where several books for adults were published as early as 1655. One of them, “L’Ecole Des Filles” was filled with dialogues in which extremely explicit sexual topics were discussed. Later, vulgar works aimed at an unassuming audience began to appear – collections of stories with indecent illustrations, as well as the first amateur compositions based on popular original literary works, one of the participants in which was Queen Marie Antoinette. In Japan, around the same time, Shunga-style illustrations began to appear, depicting scenes of copulation of girls with samurai, octopuses, fish and other animals. In Japan, this genre is still popular. He can be found in manga comics. In Europe in the middle of the 19th century, with the advent of photography, pornographic graphics practically outlived their usefulness.
  1. Erotic pictures
    Louis Daguerre, who discovered photography, launched a new era of pornographic creativity. The first pornographic photographs were called “French Postcards”. These postcards were very varied, and everyone could find something to their liking. In the Victorian era, pornographic postcards were distributed by mail. Also, street vendors offered “French postcards” to passers-by on the streets.
  1. Magazines for adults
    Erotic postcards were replaced by erotic and pornographic magazines. Before Playboy magazine appeared in 1953, they were defined as “naturalistic” or “art” albums. In them one could see pictures in the style of pornographic erotica or softcore pornography. Exclusive products that originated in the Age of Enlightenment also found their fans at the beginning of the 20th century. From the 1920s to the 1960s, the “Tijuana Bibles”, hand-drawn pornographic comics, were popular in several US states.
  1. Pornographic films
    At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, shortly after the appearance of the first film in world history, “Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat”, the first pornographic films began to appear. The first erotic film was shot by the French, Eugene Piroux and Albert Kirchner. It featured a female striptease. It was followed by many other adult films, some with plots, some with absolutely no plot. Among them were both erotic and completely pornographic films. For a long time, pornography has existed on an illegal basis. In some countries it was condemned and forbidden, in others it was simply not paid attention to. For the first time the pornographic genre was officially legalized in 1969 in Denmark. It was in this small European country that the first porn studios appeared, after which, gradually, the genre began to be legalized in other countries.

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