Erotic Representations in History

The Development of Pornography

Sexuality in the Media and the Arts

Erotic Literature: The Power of the Press Television and Film: Stereotypes, Sex, and the Decency Issue

■ SEX IN REAL LIFE Generation M

■ SEX IN REAL LIFE How Do Movies Rate?

Advertising: Sex Sells and Sells

Other Media: Music Videos, Virtual Reality, and More

■ SEX IN REAL LIFE Portable Pornography

Graphic Images: Pornography and the Public’s Response

Defining Obscenity: “Banned in Boston”

■ PERSONAL VOICES I Want to Be a Porn Star!

The Pornography Debates: Free Speech and Censorship Studies on Pornography and Harm Online Pornography

What the Public Thinks About Pornography

Selling Sex

Defining Prostitution

■ SEX IN REAL LIFE Am I a Prostitute?

Sociological Aspects of Prostitution Who Becomes a Prostitute?

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Sexual Images and Selling Sex
Подпись:Подпись:Sexual Images and Selling SexПодпись: Early erotic art was often public art. The city of Pompeii included large, erect phalluses on street corners, and erotic frescoes adorned many people’s homes.СШ ur lives today are full of visual media: magazines, newspapers, book “ covers, CD arid DVD packaging, cereal boxes and food products— even medicines are adorned with pictures of people, scenes, or products. Advertisements peer at us from magazines, billboards, buses, matchbook covers, and anywhere else that advertisers can buy space. Television, movies, computers, and other moving visual images surround us almost everywhere we go, and we will only depend on them more as information technology continues to develop. We live in a visual culture whose images we simply cannot escape.

We begin this chapter with a brief history of erotic representations. Next we take a look at how erotic representations are presented to us every day in books, television, adver­tising, and other media. Only then do we turn to the graphic sexual images of pornog­raphy. We will also explore how sex itself is sold today, from lap dances in strip clubs to prostitution. Along the way ask yourself: What influence do sexual representations and selling sex have on us? What are they trying to show us about ourselves? How do they subtly affect the way we think about men, women, and sexuality?