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Pornography/Erotica

The term pornography is a compound of two Greek words: porno, meaning prostitute, and graphos, meaning writing or depiction; erotica is rooted in the Greek word eros, meaning passionate love. The inception of modern pornography is closely tied to technological development. At the forefront of each emerging medium is the application of the technology for producing or distributing pornography, such as printing capabilities in the 18th century and then photography in the 19th century, especially the production and trade of erotic postcards in the 1890s. In the early 20th century, short “stag films” or “loops” were produced on 8mm film. The porn industry took off in the 1970s, when feature-length pornographic films such as Boys in the Sand, Deep Throat, ...

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