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The Evolution of Porn : The Dirty Little (not so) Secret

The Evolution of Porn : The Dirty Little (not so) Secret


“I don’t know the question, but sex is definitely the answer.”
-Woody Allen (maybe)

Statistically speaking, you either were just watching porn, are about to watch porn, or thought this page was porn itself. (I apologize to the last group). About half (42.7% according to a 2006 study) of the free internet using world watches porn online. So much in fact that nearly a quarter of all internet searches, amounting to about 70 million requests,  are related to porn. And their searches are definitely not going unnoticed. With literally millions of porn websites readily available, you could say that we really like watching people have sex. But how did we get this sex obsessed in the first place? Even though it’s built into our DNA to want to procreate, porn isn’t necessarily the most logical conclusion. Let’s break down the history of porn and see where it takes us:

The least abided rule of all time

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Porn in Antiquity

No, Brazzers hasn’t been around that long (surprisingly founded in 2005, which is pretty long in porn years). But depicting people getting down and dirty reaches back much further than most would think.

After uncovering the ruins of Pompeii (that city destroyed by a volcano), they found evidence of some pretty R-rated pottery that their mothers wouldn’t be proud of. Our more modern Victorian ancestors were so shocked, they literally hid the evidence in a secret museum in Naples, Italy. Just to remind you, Pompeii was destroyed in 79 AD. We’ve had millennia of porn, meanwhile Bang Bus has only been around since 2004. Our ancestors were unfortunate to miss out on that.

Definitely NSFW

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The Invention of Film

It didn’t take a long time for people to figure out that reading about sex (click here for more) wasn’t going to cut it. If only there were a way to actually WATCH our dirty art form, and free up a hand or two for–other activities. Well fortunately our early innovators knew exactly what their audience wanted.

The wide public release of motion pictures came about in 1895, with only slight earlier experimentation, and it only took ONE YEAR for our first dirty movie to be created in 1896. We have Eugène Pirou and Albert Kirchner to thank for being the two horny pioneers that they were. Pirou hired Kirchner to direct his film “Lèar” or “Le Coucher de la Marièe” (Bedtime for the Bride) in 1896. The film included a “strip” performed by Louise Willy, which absolutely does not stand the test of time.

Before you close your blinds and start Googling for the video, it lasts less than one minute at proper frame rate (maybe not an issue for some) and she does not actually do a whole lot of stripping (definitely an issue for most). But just incase 150 year old innocent strip-tease films is your fetish, here is the video below, at a slower frame rate for you freaks:

 

The Real Golden Age for Porn

With porn ready to hit the market in every format, it’s hard not to assume that it was going to take off. As we power through the 20th century, we see the video medium take hold, with an even stronger compliment of print adult magazines.

Famous publications such as Playboy which was founded in 1953, Penthouse in 1965, and Hustler in 1974, safely found their hiding spot under every teen boy’s bed. Fortunately for those born post August 1991, you’ll never have to worry about finding your brand of smut ever again. Why that date specifically? It is seen as the introduction to the World Wide Web. Now you don’t need to bashfully face a person behind the counter in the liquor store, or god forbid go into an adult video store. You can purchase your specific brand of freak from the comfort of your own home, without ever leaving your computer.

With the explosion of the internet, the porn industry grabbed consumers by their wallet (and maybe balls), and pulled out billions of dollars. In 2015 the porn industry was valued at about $100 billion, with about 10% of that coming from the United States alone. Millions of web pages, every possible video you could imagine, and any type of specific genre you are into. And most importantly, if you are lucky, usually you aren’t paying a dime (although surprisingly millions is spent on it everyday). With outlets on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Reddit, and so many other huge websites, there isn’t an issue with accessibility.

Porn Pioneer

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The Porn Effect

As you can see, the history of porn has a rich backstory. Many would like to blame our children’s problems on it today, and seek to make porn even more taboo. Clearly we have had this guilty pleasure for thousands of years, and luckily for fans of adult content, it seems to not be slowing down. Aside from a few religious groups claiming that porn is ruining the world one website at a time, it seems to be becoming a societal norm.

Actresses such as Sasha Grey making the move from hardcore porn to mainstream Hollywood, bodybuilder/politician Arnold Schwarzenegger doing a spread for a magazine, and even someone like Kim Kardashian (West?) “accidentally leaking” a video of her getting it in. Everyone is profiting on the industry of sex and clearly the average citizen is completely ok with it. Showing their massive, excited, and eager enthusiasm with their wallet.

Hey Girl, Check out my thick….wallet

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What you have learned today

  • Porn is older than even your mom and her amateur “modeling” (burn)
  • People still pay for porn…?
  • The French are always the ones innovating with sex

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