Chapter 18 - John Bieler Psychology of Human Sexuality...

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John Bieler Psychology of Human Sexuality Professor Love November 13 th , 2007 Chapter 18 Sexual Images and Selling Sex Most sexual representations created throughout history had a specific purpose, whether it was to worship the gods, to adorn pottery, or later, to criticize the government or religion. Very little erotic art seems to have been created simply for the purpose of arousing the viewer, as much or modern erotic art is. So most of history’s erotic art cannot be considered “pornographic” in the modern sense. Pornography, which tends to portray sexuality for its own sake, did not emerge as a distinct, separate category until the middle of the 18 th century. For most of history, sexuality itself was so imbedded in religious, moral, and legal contexts that it was not thought as a separate sphere of life. Explicit words and pictures were controlled in the name of religion or in the name of politics, not in the name of public decency. For example, obscenity was illegal among the puritans because it was an offense against God. That is why before the 19
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