History Of Pornography
30,000 years ago - Paleolithic people were carving large-breasted, thick-thighed figurines of pregnant women out of stone and wood. Archaeologists doubt these "Venus figurines" were intended for sexual arousal. More likely, the figurines were religious icons or fertility symbols.
Mid-1600s - In France, erotic novels were being printed in France, although being identified as the author of one meant jail time.
1748- The first full length English-language pornographic novel, "Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure," also known as "Fanny Hill" (Oxford University Press) is published. Despite the reserved public attitudes toward sex at the time, pornographic novels held little back. The author of "Fanny Hill" managed to cover bisexuality, voyeurism, group sex and masochism, among other topics.
1888 - The anonymous author of "My Secret Life" wrote about sex with words that would make a modern television censor squirm.
1839 - Louis Daguerre invented the daguerreotype, a primitive form of photography. Almost immediately, pornographers commandeered the new technology.
1896 - Filmmakers in France were delving into the erotic with short, silent clips like "Le Coucher de la Marie," in which an actress performed a strip tease.
Early 1900s - Hardcore sex begins showing up in these films. These "stag films" were usually shown at all-male gatherings, and they were tame by today's standards.
1953 - Hugh Hefner launches PlayBoy.
1960s - A series of United States Supreme Court rulings created a more liberalized legal environment that allowed the commercialization of pornography.
1970s - Changing social mores opened the door for public showing of explicit films. The Internet and the invention of the digital camera lowered the barriers to porn-making so low that entire websites are now devoted solely to non-professional videos.
1971 - The first gay porn film is created. It is titled 'Boys in The Sand' and it was a parody of an already known pornographic film titled 'Boys in The Band'.
1994 - A Carnegie Mellon study of early porn on computer Bulletin Board Systems (a precursor to the World Wide Web), found that 48 percent of downloads were far outside the sexual mainstream, depicting bestiality, incest and pedophilia. Less than 5 percent of downloads depicted vaginal sex. This could have been because magazines and pornographic films had traditional sex covered, and people went to their computers for images they couldn't find elsewhere.
2004 - The International Center For The Missing and Exploted Children announce the launch of a Global Campaign Against Child Pornography, with the help of a million dollar grant from philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson and Microsoft.
2006 - Pornhub, XTube, RedTube, MaxPorn, PornoTube, and Google become the 6 most popular sites on the Internet.
2008 - A study of 813 American university students found that 87 percent of men and 31 percent of women reported using pornography. The study was published in the Journal of Adolescent Research.
2009 - University of Montreal researcher Simon Louis Lajeunesse made headlines when he announced that he had attempted a study on the impact of pornography on young men's sexuality, but he couldn't find a control group. In other words, good luck finding a man in his twenties who hasn't seen porn.
Pornography (porn) is the portrayal of explicit sexual subject matter for the purposes of sexual excitement and erotic satisfaction
In its original meaning, pornography literally means "writing about prostitutes" from the Greek "porne" (prostitute) and graphein (write). The term itself was, however, a made-up word coined in England around 1850 that had a spurious air of age and scholarship about it. It quickly came to have negative connotations and to denote writing about anything sexual, especially in a base manner, when the creation, presentation, or consumption of the material was for sexual stimulation. In comparison, the term "erotica", continues to enjoy something of a higher standing.
Pictured above is an image found on a vintage French post card.
Jenna Jameson, former pornographic actress has been called the world's most famous adult-entertainer performer and the "Queen of Porn."