Porn is as old as art

Some Americans view nude art as pornographic, so any nude art that school children may see on a field trip to the museum must be removed or covered. Nitpickers make a fuss over a little skin showing, even if it’s portrayed in good taste, and act as if porn is something that is of a new generation. It seems that some of the same people view nudity as shameful and begin citing the story of the Garden of Eden. My argument is this: we were all born naked and became aware of it when our parents informed us of it and taught us that it’s not good. If people were more open-minded about their bodies being unclothed, they would realize that it’s only a shell, not their soul, that they’re exposing.

It’s no wonder people grow up being ashamed of their bodiesWith all of the fuss over nudity portrayed in art, one might think that porn originated in the 21st century. What people don’t realize is that porn has been around for centuries before Christ; it is just in a different form today. Dating as far back as 30,000 BC, the Venus of Willendorf is a “pornographic” form of a nude pregnant woman. This Austrian-found statuette is thought to have been used as a symbol of fertility. In the first century, Romans made phallic charms, figures, and shrines. As early as 2000 BC in Mesopotamia, the 10th century in India, and the 1700’s in China and Japan, many stone reliefs, carvings, and paintings were made showing graphic details of fornication — both heterosexual and homosexual.

So why now are these things so coveted? Everyone’s meaning of the word “pornography” varies. Generally speaking, the word can be defined as pictures or writings intended for sexual arousal. A significant number of men claim that a trip to the strip club is to see a woman’s “art form”, but that is considered pornographic to some. What about those who easily get turned on by seeing a clothed body? If someone gets aroused and it wasn’t the artist’s intention, is it still pornography? And if so, then what about those who get turned on by feet? Should we not bare our feet?

It’s no wonder people grow up being ashamed of their bodies. If Americans were more open about sex and were taught the facts about their bodies from the beginning, instead of listening to man-made dogma, pornography might not even be an issue. Some people just pervert things to gratify themselves, and it’s usually those who are doing the complaining.

The fine line between art and pornography is a very controversial subject. Realizing that both art and porn have been around for ages proves that people are making a big deal over nothing and that nudity is natural. We were all born into “porn”, and I don’t think it will go away anytime soon.

Shannon Dawn See all posts by this author
is a starving artist and freelance writer.
  • val

    yeah yeeah yeah but an image dosn’t exist in isolation, sorry to be soooboring and hey i’m a sex atist/performer so i’ve seen a lot, depends how and who’s in charge, most of it ain’t female positive as far as i can see, and its desentisized

  • Karaiko

    *claps* I couldn’t agree more :)

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