Pornographic Evolution

By | March 31, 2015

Sam Bentley

I was on Facebook the other day and saw a post about the differences in the cover artwork on 1970s pornographic magazines and those of today. In fact what had been posted was a magazine cover from the 70s and it didn’t need a contemporary cover to highlight the fact that things have changed dramatically since then. The covers in the 70s hid more than they showed and emphasises a femininity that I think can be lacking from magazine covers today, at least in the lads mags.

Tastes have changed, what we feel is acceptable has changed and just as importantly the technology that we use to consume our media, pornographic or otherwise has changed too. It’s rare now to find any newsagent that sells anything stronger than a “Lads Mag” in 2015, indeed some newsagents, especially those owned or supplied by large chains/distributors will not even carry the magazines aimed at guys, like GQ, Nuts and Zoo (forgive me if any of the aforementioned have disappeared, I don’t buy them).

The new media has stepped into the breach to replace these particular channels of sexual titillation. You can find every type and strength of pornography on line, with sites catering for every taste and fetish. It’s difficult to imagine how with a mobile Internet device in every back pocket that there is really a place for the printed magazines anymore – but they still continue to be produced, even if the circulation numbers are a fraction of that in the 1970s.

Another feature of modern porn magazines from the 1980s onwards was the appearance of chat lines in the rear of the publications allowing readers to interact in a very adult way with exotically and explicitly named strangers for the price of a premium rate phone call. Those lines still exist but the World Wide Web has stepped up to the plate in this respect too to provide Webcam sites like that allow the visitor to interact with their chosen girl and watch her too.

It’s difficult to imagine a world without the Internet in the same way that a world without magazines would have been odd in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. The Web didn’t create pornography and sex chat between two people separated by maybe half the planet but what it did do was allow the webcam girls and the clients to hook up in a way that’s convenient to them both and allow a form of commerce that wasn’t possible before the Web was widely accessible

The range of webcam girls available means that if you’re into Webcam chat you can choose exactly the sort of female who turns you on be that blonde, brunette or simply big tits cam girls.

So as one form of media wanes another takes its place and the attitude of society to sexuality morph and adapt to the opportunities that are presented to it. Cam girls offer a more intimate and yet explicit service than phone chat girls because of the  visual element in the same way that lap dancers bring this quite literally up in your face  in comparison to say pole dancers or the traditional pub stripper.

There are always limitations to how accessible pornography and sex chat can be. Rightly so, responsible sites restrict access to their content to adult by a variety of means. Then of course there are certain times and places that even with a mobile device you shouldn’t be accessing a cam site; Work for example being one of them, and I can’t think of many social situations where chatting about sex to a half-naked girl on your phone wouldn’t raise an eyebrow.