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25 000 Years of Erotic FreedomWith each new technological advance pornography has proliferated and  degraded in uality Today porn is everywhere but where is it art 25000 Years of Erotic Freedom surveys the history of pornography and argues that the success and vibrancy of a society relates to its permissive Now believe it or not I have met Mr Moore and his girlfriend to whom he dedicated this book They are larger than life and let's face it Mr Moore probably thought I was smaller than life but he shook my hand anyway in a very gentlemanly fashion and signed his name in my book Not this one another one which I will review separatelyI find Mr Moore very cute He is a magician but I believe a kind one except when he's cursing people His humour is apparent in everything he says and it's very apparent in this book As is his seriousness He is serious about life in a very humorous way and I find that cute His rhetoric is deeply flawed but it's entertaining; and his motives like his manners are impeccable The conclusion is in favour of porn Yay Give me a hug darling I'm a fan

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read 25000 Years of Erotic Freedom epub à Hardcover ó With each new technological advance pornography has proliferated and  degraded in uality Today porn is everywhere but where is it art 25000 Years of Erotic Freedom surveys the history of pornography and argues that the success and vibrancy of a society relates to its permisNess in sexual mattersThis 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 24000 This is rather a curate's egg of a book so I'll review it under several headings because fine work though it is when viewed from different perspectives it scores very differentlyFirst the use of facts Moore doesn't footnote anything There are no references Apart from one hilarious case where even he says that something is pretty implausible and uotes his source there's really no way of telling where he got some of his facts from In some cases he is simply wrong In other cases he allows a somewhat rose tinted view of the distant past overtake reality For example 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 uniuely Anglo Saxon phenomenon but holds the view that say Roman society was massively permissive Which it wasn't Roman women of uality were just as tightly bound as Victorian; we hear so much about the ravers because they were exceptions and notorious And the Greek society that he idolises by which I think he means classical Athens was immensely hypocritical with men doing things with boys and prostitutes they would never dream of doing in the home and would kill their wives over whom they had power a Taleban leader might only wish for if they found them doing it The pernicious sexual schizophrenia of Western society the split between the man's world and the family world was born in the Athens of Pericles Moving on Moore takes the usual ahistorical view of Christianity and the later Rome Empire his chronology seems to break down at this point as well has a touchingly uaint faith in the notion that there was something called the 'Dark Ages' and generally makes it sound as if all were swingers before the puritans came along And that pornography has become and dehumanised over time Well for one thing this is a very Whiggish view of history and for a second 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 stuff from the past whereas now we see all of it because time has not yet winnowed out the chaffAnd finally for this part I was simply stunned at the massively Eurocentric view of history What about the influence of Islamic culture Is Anglo Saxon Europe really the only place where the double standard reigned Oh yes and even finally I do find Moore's enthusiasm for the anything goes culture a little lacking in thought As well as the effect of time one of the reasons why past erotica tends to be interesting while modern porn isn't is simply that the constraints under which artists in the past worked forced them to be indirect and to work to a higher uality than is now the case; pornographers were inventive To see this look at this piece of mine and compare and contrast modern 'glamour' shots with past No constraint is as bad for art as too much constraintSo why four stars For a simple reason Though it does flag at the end this is a wonderfully well written polemic and it really doesn't matter if it wouldn't hold water as an academic study It is a rant and hugely enjoyable as such and that is all it is intended to be And as such it succeeds admirably

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22000 bce and book ended by contemporary photography it also contains a timeline covering major erotic works in several cultures 25000 Years of Erotic Freedom ably captures the ancient and insuppressible creative drive of the sexual spirit making this book a treatise on erotic a Truly one of the most blatantly stupid and ignorant things I have read in my life DSo to recap on what we have learned so far sexually open and progressive cultures such as ancient Greece have given the West almost all of its civilizing aspects whereas sexually repressive cultures like late Rome have given us the Dark AgesIf you want something serious read Evola's Metaphysics of Sex