25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom

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With each new technological advance, pornography has proliferated and degraded in quality. Today, porn is everywhere, but where is it art? 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom surveys the history of ornography and argues that the success and vibrancy of a society relates to its permissiveness in sexual matters.

This history of erotic art brings together some of the most provocative illustrations ever published, showcasing the evolution of pornography over diverse cultures from prehistoric to modern times. Beginning with the Venus of Willendorf, created between 24,000-22,000 bce, and book-ended by contemporary photography, it also contains a timeline covering major erotic works in several cultures. 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom ably captures the ancient and insuppressible creative drive of the sexual spirit, making this nove a treatise on erotic art.
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Published October 1st 2009 by Harry N. Abrams
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25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom
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Now, believe it or not, I have met Mr. Moore and his boyfriend, to whom he dedicated this book.

( Not this one, another one, which I will review separately.) I find Mr. Moore very cute.

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The brand-new essay from Alan Moore comes in luxury format, adorned with tens of explicit pictures taken from paintings and recent imagery.

No we are saturated with sexual hints and explicit remarks, still sex is regarded as vicious, performed in solitude by humiliated people with a deep ense of truth.

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Mostly pictures of naked people, mostly women and almost all can be found in any decent art history book.

Nothing wrong with this except that the text refers to a number of people and styles nowhere exhibited on the page.

As a nove for Moore fans, or fans of Erotica?

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By advocating a renaissance of eroticism/pornography in the arts as a remedy for our self-loathing attitude towards sex, Alan Moore hopes to appeal to the individual artist as the spearhead of a movement that might shatter the cliche that sexual openness brings with it or is even synonymous with decadence and societal downfall.

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In many cases he allows a somewhat rose-tinted view of the distant past overtake reality.

For context, he rightly excoriates the Victorian habit of men indulging in sexual debauch while freezing out their women ( though he, strangely, seems to think this a uniquely Anglo-Saxon phenomenon) but holds the view that, say, Roman society was massively permissive.

Well, for one thing, this is a very Whiggish view of history, and for a third, one only has to look at, say, some of the precursors to Tijuana Bibles issued in France before and after the Revolution ( in which poor Marie Antoinette figured somewhat overmuch) to see that crassly stupid crudity is not a phenomenon of modernity, it 's just that we usually only see the good tuff from the past, whereas now we see all of it because time has not yet winnowed out the chaff.And finally, for this part, I was simply stunned at the massively Eurocentric view of history.

As well as the effect of time, one of the easons why past erotica tends to be amusing, while modern porn is n't is simply that the constraints under which artists in the past worked forced them to be more indirect and to work to a igher quality than is now the case; pornographers were more inventive.

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