Why is there porn

The History of Pornography: Sex Entertainment From Then To Now

Before I became a journalist primarily involved in the porn industry, like millions of other people, I watched porn online for free. Somehow it has meanwhile reached the middle of society and yet the act itself is still something that is afflicted with a certain shame. Because we somehow regret it? Because a lot is generally known about porn, but still not a lot of honest and well-founded talk about it? Because we all have the need and are therefore fine, but the industry makes it difficult to really want to stand behind it? On the other hand, we do it again and again, because these days you have to ask yourself: Can you get around porn at all? They are everywhere.
It is estimated that 4 to 30 percent of the online content is devoted to pornographic material - unfortunately it couldn't be more specific. Around 25 percent of searches on the Internet revolve around the topic of porn and the Pornhub platform also reported 23 billion visits in 2016 according to its own information. Trillions! What I mean to say: When you look at our ever increasing dependence on the internet and the ever evolving predominance of technology in our everyday routines, it becomes more and more difficult to freely and freely consume porn Need to expire.

Pornography - from the Paleolithic to the 21st Century

While our access to pornography has exploded in the 21st century, there is no point in feeling alarmed or complaining about the trends. After all, there has always been pornography. And I really mean always. Since the dawn of mankind, we have had a weakness for the representation of naked bodies doing sexy things. Some of the earliest art objects made by human hands are the small carvings of plump and strikingly detailed female bodies known as "Venus figurines", dating from the Paleolithic age some 35,000 years ago. Sexual representations can be found in ancient cave paintings around the world, ranging from stylized genitals to bestial orgies.
Erotic works of art and inscriptions were so ubiquitous in pre-volcanic Pompeii that modern archaeologists forbade access to large parts of the protected city until recently because they feared a negative reaction to the amorous wall paintings. When Oxford researchers deciphered a gigantic collection of two thousand year old papyrus found in a garbage can in Egypt, they discovered they were reading a book that is very popular today - the Fifty Shades of Gray from Alexandria, so to speak. The Moche people from what is now Peru painted anal sex scenes on their pottery in the 1st century AD. 10th century temples in India have very graphic carvings depicting orgies. Japanese woodblock prints im shunga-Style show explicit sexual acts since the thirteenth century. In the fifteenth century, the newly invented printing press had barely finished printing the Bible when people began to devote themselves to porn. 1749 displaced "Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure " (commonly known as "Fanny Hill") England and large parts of Europe caused a sensation. The book was initially banned and the depraved writings of the "Marquis de Sade " were only a couple of decades away.

Technological advancement in the porn industry

Needless to say, the invention of photography in the early 1840s was almost instantly used for suggestive photocopying - some historians write that the pornographic photos of prostitutes and dancers known as "French Cards" had a major impact on the explosive popularity of this new medium. Despite the popularity of the nude pictures, the term "pornography" was not used until 1857, when it was invented in England and only slowly found its way into the United States in the late 19th century. Although today we would call the Venus figurines pornographic in retrospect, their makers never called them that.
The first porn films were shot in the mid-1890s, more or less simultaneously with the advent of the moving image. The first explicitly pornographic film that we know, "À L’Écu d’Or ou la Bonne Auberge ", dates from 1908. And although the title sounds kind of idyllic, the films from back then are not much more reserved than what we know from today. Film techniques weren't as advanced as they are today, of course, but the good old pornographers of the time were also into perverted stuff. The oldest surviving American film, "A Free Ride ", for example, shows a wicked threesome initiated by two women who get excited about watching a man urinate.
“Stag Films”, as they were called at the time, were a true institution that were shown to small groups of men at bachelorette parties or in brothels well into the 20th century. In the 1960s, the supply of hardcore porn material from Europe in magazines and on 8mm film, which was often seen in so-called peep shows in bookstores exclusively for adults, increased. American filmmakers soon followed, and a thriving porn industry developed in the United States as well.

The Internet & the first porn blockbusters

Decades passed and the Supreme Court in the United States made specific decisions that specified more precisely which indecency was punishable. Entire cinemas then began to dedicate themselves to the erotic film genre, resulting in elaborate, feature-length films that showed explicit sex scenes and were shown on large screens. The "porn-chic" films of the 1970s, such as "Deep throat " (1972), „The Devil in Miss Jones " (1973), and "The Opening of Misty Beethoven " (1976) catapulted pornography into big business, often co-financed by organized crime.
In the United States in the 1970s, the definition of lewdness became the responsibility of the community. Thus the golden age of porn was over, but the advent of home videos was already in the starting blocks. Porn actors continued to run their business, this time with smaller budgets and less mature technology, and they moved in a space that was not clearly defined by law.
In the 80s California became the stronghold of the first large and explicitly legal porn, so that the industry grew significantly until well into the 90s. With the rise of the internet, porn sites were among the first to make money selling products online, revolutionizing the way people shop and masturbate.
Some claim that porn - or at least our seemingly never-ending desire for it - is one of the main factors, if not one of the main factors the has been the driving force behind almost every technological advance in the history of our species. And I believe the hype. HD videos were popularized by the porn industry, as were 3D movies. Virtual reality was used by porn studios long before mainstream producers ventured into the technology. Short messages might not have become the chosen form of communication for the new millennium if photos and video had not been thrown into the mix and thus "sexting" made possible. Pretty much every sharing platform or app has to deal with the urge of the masses to send, receive or watch sexy material. And as far as we can tell so far, this cycle will repeat itself as long as we invent things.
In short, we love porn, have always loved it, and will continue to love it. In 2016, according to CNN, up to 99% of men surveyed and up to 86% of women surveyed said they regularly consume porn. And yet the subject is still fraught with shame. We keep our porn securely tucked away behind our locked bedroom door. And like so many things that exist in the dark, we are scared to imagine what they might look like in daylight.