Pornography and related topics

Pornography—in one form or another—has been around since, well, forever. From the graphic depictions of sex in ancient Indian, Japanese and Roman art, to the novels of John Cleland and Marquis de Sade, to the first nude photographs (which appeared just a few short years after the invention of photography), to early moving pictures and all the way up to the modern pinnacle of porn—the porn parody—the arch of human history is little more than a trail of porno. But while we have always loved our pornography, we have also always been somewhat ashamed of it. When the erotic carvings of ancient Rome we’re discovered in Pompeii, the Victorian scholars of the day opted to keep them a secret, so as not to corrupt the sensibilities of the public. John Cleland and Marquis de Sade were both prosecuted for their “lewd” novels, Fanny Hill, and Juliette. And distributors of early erotic photographs had to work in the shadows. Today, pornography is more graphic, more prolific, and more readily available than ever. Yet, the stigma is not completely gone. With everything from restrictive content laws to vigorous debates about the ethics and politics of the porn industry, it seems that as long as porn is around (forever and ever), it will always be controversial. Here’s a selection of some of our favorite porn coverage (Sorry, no actual porn here. Just stuff ABOUT porn. Though we do have some naked people here if you like.)
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The World’s Oldest Porn Was Discovered in China in the 1980s … and It’s Queer AF

When we think about mainstream pornography today, we’re often thinking about straight, heteronormative porn. So isn’t it ironic that the world’s oldest porn was actually neither of those things? The world’s oldest porn was carved into rock between 3,000 and 4,000 years ago — and it’s incredibly queer. Chinese archaeologist[…]

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‘I Masturbate to Online Porn Multiple Times Per Day. Am I Addicted?’

Masturbating to online porn multiple times per day is standard sexuality for many people, and there’s no such thing as online porn addiction

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Yes, Porn Can Be Healthy and Healing. Here’s How.

Though many articles have been written about how pornography can harm a relationship, we thought we’d look at how porn heals people as well

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Social Media Censorship Is Costing Sex Workers and Adult Influencers Big Money

Are sex workers being unfairly targeted by tech companies? Here’s how social media censorship affects adult industry influencers. According to a Centro University study, social media censorship is costing sex workers hundreds of millions of dollars a year. A survey sent out to adult industry influencers back in February revealed[…]

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