Pornography and the Ancient Sex Culture: What is Common?

Data of porn sites shows that users are mainly interested in content with the breasts and buttocks. Both are ancient symbols of sexuality and fertility. The erotization of them is signs of traditional culture. In the Paleolithic Venus figurines, the stomach, breasts, a and buttocks formed a single complex volume: the stomach as the middle of the hills serves as a link between the body and the center of the fetus, the two upper hills provide food, and the two lower ones oppose them with ample opportunities for reproduction.

We guess that idea is quite clear. And modern interest in porn is of similar nature, partly sub- subconscious. Let’s consider how it was in the old times and different lands:

  • In monarchical China, the common people were considered recondite ones. Erotic joys, created by the hands of typographers, were accessible only to the privileged class and the educated elite. The explanation is a simple one: any images and books were made of expensive materials and cost a lot. In addition, the content of such publications was thought to be shocking to not educated people. By the way, erotica became censored only when it started being accessible to the masses.

The era of the Khan dynasty is considered the most productive (206 BC – 24 AD). Then, among other things, as many as eight sex guides were created. These manuals and the pornographic engravings they contained (to which an important role was assigned, and even poems were dedicated) did not threaten anybody until the late Middle Ages.

  • What about India and its influence? The first English translation of the Kama Sutra began to be prepared in 1875. But out of the fears of the publishers to go to jail, the issuing was postponed for ten years. Finally, it was published in India. This way the businessmen came up with a defense against fines and sanctions. In fact, in the Soviet Union, Kama Sutra circulated illegally, which the KGB hunted down with inspiration and passion, and only by 1990, the first book was published.
  • The period of Inquisition is questioned by researchers of porn for several reasons. First, it was in the late Middle Ages that a precedent was created that influenced modern jurisprudence. Then, one assumption that the lady is a witch was enough to send her to the fire. So, nowadays, the principle of a fight against pornography differs little from the medieval ones. Everything remains subjective.
  • The second point – the medieval church has developed a massive neurosis. The propaganda of the killing of the flesh, the rejection of fornication, the pursuit of masturbation, oddly enough led to the dominance of professional prostitutes. They were de facto allowed and contact with them was not even considered adultery. Up to the Spanish decree of 1623, there was a mass popping up of brothels, which were not suppressed by the authorities and stopped in the Renaissance.

And nowadays sex culture is flourishing again. Everything repeats and this field is not an exclusion.