Pornography and related topics

Pornography—in one form or another—has been around since, well, forever. From the graphic depictions of sex in ancient Indian, Japanese and Roman art, to the novels of John Cleland and Marquis de Sade, to the first nude photographs (which appeared just a few short years after the invention of photography), to early moving pictures and all the way up to the modern pinnacle of porn—the porn parody—the arch of human history is little more than a trail of porno. But while we have always loved our pornography, we have also always been somewhat ashamed of it. When the erotic carvings of ancient Rome we’re discovered in Pompeii, the Victorian scholars of the day opted to keep them a secret, so as not to corrupt the sensibilities of the public. John Cleland and Marquis de Sade were both prosecuted for their “lewd” novels, Fanny Hill, and Juliette. And distributors of early erotic photographs had to work in the shadows. Today, pornography is more graphic, more prolific, and more readily available than ever. Yet, the stigma is not completely gone. With everything from restrictive content laws to vigorous debates about the ethics and politics of the porn industry, it seems that as long as porn is around (forever and ever), it will always be controversial. Here’s a selection of some of our favorite porn coverage (Sorry, no actual porn here. Just stuff ABOUT porn. Though we do have some naked people here if you like.)
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Social Media Censorship Is Costing Sex Workers and Adult Influencers Big Money

Are sex workers being unfairly targeted by tech companies? Here’s how social media censorship affects adult industry influencers. According to a Centro University study, social media censorship is costing sex workers hundreds of millions of dollars a year. A survey sent out to adult industry influencers back in February revealed[…]

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We’re Obsessed With This Hilarious (and Sexy) Parody of Trashy ’70s Gay Porn Mags

“I’ve always loved gay porn from the ’70s because it was a lot more down to earth than the porn we see today,” says Greg Scarnici, a New York-based comedian who recently released Hot Rods, a new book parodying a beloved format of adult entertainment from times gone by, the vintage[…]

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Yes, Porn Can Be Healthy and Healing. Here’s How.

Though many articles have been written about how pornography can harm a relationship, we thought we’d look at how porn heals people as well

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UEFU Is a 2-Part Adult Film Seeking to Destigmatize HIV

U Equals Fucking U, or UEFU, is a brand-new two-part adult film looking to destigmatize HIV through its support of the U=U concept (Undetectable = Untransmittable) and exploration of sex after a positive diagnosis. British film star Kayden Gray helms UEFU as both the lead and the writer of the[…]

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