The History Of Porn And Erotic Art Art Around The World, From Peruvian Sex Pots To Modern-Day Sex Tapes (NSFW)

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Erotic pictures have probably been part of human art for basically as long as we've been able to pick up a stick of charcoal. Basically every known society has had some kind of pornographic art — and has used it for everything from worship to wartime morale-boosting. But looking at erotic art through history is a tricky one: Should it only include things that were obviously meant to arouse, or can sexy art for other purposes — religion, instruction about marriage, or even — also qualify?

It's seriously hard to separate sex from other problems; in fact, some scholars argue that erotica for its own sake only really emerged in Europe in the early 1800s. So this history might seem chaotic — but no matter what else is going on, everything in it is seriously sexy.

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