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Erotic Fiction: A Sexual Evolution

Erotic Fiction: A Sexual Evolution Nicolas Chorier's Satyra Sodatica (ca. 1660)
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Erotic fiction, whether in literature or art, has been around since the dawn of time. Men and women have always had fantasies pertaining to their sexual exploits, and have always enjoyed sharing them with others. In every culture, there are numerous examples of this in many different forms. So how did we go from crude cave paintings of large 'phallused' men and big breasted women, to the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and modern porn era of today?

  Medieval Age Eroticism

From ancient times to the medieval age, eroticism took a bit of downturn. With the spread of Christianity, more rules were instituted, regarding sexuality and its depiction. No longer were men and women shown bare, and homo-erotics were shunned. The rules had changed, but sexuality was still a vital human need. Troubadours and bards still sang of courtly love, and of maidens meeting their lovers behind their husband's backs. Paintings were becoming more popular too, some showing rather full codpieces.

During this time, the repression of women's sexuality progressed with the use of chasity belts, harsh punishments for adultery, and forced marriages. Women's sexuality wouldn't be repressed completely though. By the Renaissance, a little phallic shaped friend we now know as the 'dildo' was becoming popular. These delightful little gadgets were often imported from Italy where the Sistine Chapel's naked frescoes, and Michelangelo's David was being carved into stone. Their popularity was described by one writer of the age:

"You ladies all of merry England
Who have been to kiss the Duchess' hand,
Pray, did you not lately observe in the show
A noble Italian called Signor Dildo? ...

A rabble of pricks who were welcomed before,
Now finding the porter denied them the door,
Maliciously waited his coming below
And inhumanly fell on Signor Dildo ..."


Medieval Eroticism

  1700's to 1900's

After the Renaissance age, came the art and literature of the Rocco era. The paintings again showed naked forms and rounded bodies behaving in joyful and suggestive poses. Literature also spread more widely in an erotic turn, which could be attributed to the increase in the number of people who could read and write by this time. Shakespeare's sonnets were versed forms of nearly pure eroticism that almost all citizens of the age were familiar with. Marquis de Sade had released his 'Justine,' depicting a different view of fetishes and sexual behavior that is still popular today.

  Modern Era Erotics

From the 1900's to today, erotic literature and art has become more bold and widespread. With the introduction of the photograph and film, we've been able to add even more forms of eroticism. We now have mass produced books, and short stories available, and easily attainable. As a species, our ideals of what's sexually acceptable is now less ruled by the ideals of the past especially once more open homo-eroticism was introduced, along with orgies, and multiple partners.

It could be argued that the 1930's brought a fresh wave of freedoms, in allowing women to wear shorter skirts, and have freer courtships. Many young women began posing to support troops in Europe and around the world, during the World Wars. Short films showing interactions of a sexual nature were also being created. In 1979 Ron Jeremy, the iconic porn star, shot Olympic Fever. Today he is perhaps one of the best known names, and phallus owner, the world over.

Magazines, erotic comic books, and anime-type pornography known as Hentai, are also becoming common. In 1953 HMH Publishing Co., was founded and owned by Hugh Hefner, who created Playboy Enterprises in Chicago, Illinois. Today it's one of the most widely known and circulated adult oriented publications throughout the world. Comic books and graphic novels come in all forms and focus on all fetishes and erotic interests. Hentai has several genres specifying various sexual couplings.

Along with photography, film, and various magazine type forms of erotic literature, came romance novels. The most popular of these to date, many would say, is 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' the erotic novel that renewed our interest in fetishism. Most anyone can write or enjoy an erotic-romantic novel, whether short or long. Again they can come in many genres, and even include homo-erotic story-lines.

The popularity and widespread appeal of sexual media has also been expanded through the internet and social forums. You can find nearly any form of erotic art and literature online today. With so many ways to express our sexual interests and erotic fantasies, it's no wonder we've evolved to be so open in our sexual natures. Who knows where this evolution will take us next? We can never be sure, but one thing is for certain; both our interest in sex, and in sharing it with others, will never fully dissipate.

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01/26/2013
LilTina  

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01/27/2013

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