The Manifest Content of Pornography
Dan Brown East Tennessee State University
Jennings Bryant University of Alabama
Kinsey, Pomeroy, and Martin ( 1948) have noted that human sexuality has received more thought and discussion than any other aspect of human behavior. From the earliest primitive etchings through modern media presentations, people from all civilizations have recorded their sexual activities and their ideas about sex ( Kinsey et al., 1948, p. 21).
Venus of Willendorf, a statue of a female with enlarged sexual organs, dates to about 30,000 BC ( Webb, 1982). Human sexual intercourse was portrayed in a sandstone engraving as early as 7000 BC. Art from Peruvian ceramic funerary pots dating to about 1500 BC included portrayals of explicit sexual behavior, and "anal coitus is one of the most common behaviors depicted" ( Brewer, 1982, p. 318). Phallic imagery was prominent on Grecian urns and cups, which were decorated with explicit scenes of both hetero- and homosexual activity.
Ancient written works such as the Indian Kama Sutra provided sexual instruction, and other explicit works were often "published openly and legally, including Poggio Facetiarum Liber in 1470 and Cynthio degli Fabritii Origine delle Volgari Proverbi in 1526" ( Malamuth & Donnerstein, 1984, p. 2). Chinese novels dating from about 1610 under the Ming Dynasty depicted explicit scenes of