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What Antique Porn (1899-1960s) Reveals About Sex

The sex remains largely the same, but the bodies change. Read More

Antique porn, fun stuff

I was amazed the first time I saw some antique porn from the 1940s. You kind of think hardcore porn came in with VHS, and before then it was just filmed with strategic camera angles so you couldn't actually see any genitals. The biggest jolt I think was definitely the dense pubic hair! But I guess people have always liked to have sex, and liked to see other people having sex, in fact there's probably cave paintings (no doubt in France) depicting orgies.

But were there anti-porn campaigners back then? If so, were they more concerned about the sex, or the objectification of women which is the chief grip of the anti-porn brigade nowadays?

There were anti-prostitution

There were anti-prostitution campaigners in earlier times who were concerned about the health and safety of women and girls. But anti-porn as we know it today mostly came with the second wave feminist movement which is concerned with the same, particularly in this day and age when pornography is so brutal and violent, the industry so unregulated and criminality and sex trafficking so pervasive. You'll find many ex-porn performers and prostitutes in the 'anti-brigade', and understandably so. In this light it's ridiculous to state that porn is simple 'fantasy' or that it's in any way comparable to cave paintings. It's a privilege of men to be able to view the lives, bodies and minds of women and girls in such a detached and abstract way.

This is akin to saying that

This is akin to saying that all priests molest children. There are issues in the porn industry, but that is in itself not the porn industry. My wife and I have enjoyed porn together, and most of it out there isn't "brutal and violent" just people having sex.

if Porno has done anything it

if Porno has done anything it has devolved,not evolved.99.9% of smut is some stupid overtan bimbo chick worshipping some freak w/ a huge schlong and thats all it is.If you want progress start using guys w/ avg size schlongs.The halfwit smut industry insists on devaluing normal guys by throwing up a very miniscule percentile of abnormally sized freaks.Meanwhile,even mainstream porno gives women their own genres:skinny,obese,small boobs,bbw,big boobs,redhead,blonde,brunette etc etc etc and they still whine that porn objectifies women? HILARIOUS!

Poor Jeff..

Poor Jeff.. Sounds like you need to come to terms with something.

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