Happy Labor day (to those of us in the United States who celebrate it)! The following article is dedicated to Mustafa and Jeffrey (Kelly) for their inspiration, and to a lesser degree to Michael B for his article about sluts! Cheers
Porn, or pornography is generally the discription for explicit, for pleasure, graphic sexuality. If presented more "tastefully" it is usually called erotica, although they essentially serve the same purpose. Namely to excite the sexuality of the viewer. It should be mentioned that pornography can include various forms of media from books, magazines, film, audio recordings, etc, so long as the prudish consider it vulgar, it's porn.
Pornography has existed since the dawn of civilization. Men especially have always been excited by the female form. Though tasteful depictions of nudes in sculpture and paintings abound throughout the ages, more pornographic examples have always existed "underground", and sometimes, during the sad puritanical times, only porngraphic material was available (underground of course).
In America porn existed since the beginning of the nation. It was produced in photography as soon as the medium was created. Underground porn comics and literature were popular during proabition and thereafter. Porn only began to come above ground in the 1970's.
Penny peep shows in New York city attracted the lower segments of society, avoiding being raided by not showing penetration or graphic nudity. But the innovative film makers soon found loopholes in the law and the first real pornographic movies were produced.
Beginning in 1969 with Blue Movie by Andy Warhol, the first adult erotic film depicting explicit sex to receive wide theatrical release in the United States. Latter came titles like Deep Throat and Debbie Does Dallas which were instant classics. And seeing such became a virtual rite of passage for young men especially in dorm rooms and college fraternities.
During the 80's and 90's porn continued to evolve, and changed the personal hygiene of women everywhere. At first only the porn actresses had Brazilian wax jobs, but soon all the girls were doing it. The invention of home video greatly increased the world of porn. Porn, and the sexual revolution that started in the 60's, continued to open minds (and other body parts).
People once were too prudish and close minded to engage in oral and anal sex, but porn made them think again. Soon it was no longer taboo and actually commonplace for couples. Once interracial sex was also taboo, but porn helped make that and such relationships mainstream as well. Fast forward to today and porn is now in it's Golden Age. As long as the people involved are of the age of maturity and consenting, virtually anything goes. S&M, B&D, double and triple penetration, you name it! And it's available online for all to see, usually free (as it should be). Those who watch it are familiar with the famous actresses from Linda Lovelace (back in the original Deep Throat) to mega stars like Sasha Grey today. Who knows where porn will take us in the future.
It seems like about everything in our imagination has been done. But with porn, like sex in general, it's likely that they will keep doing it for the foreseeable future. Because it never gets old. Such is human nature afterall