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History of Sexual Art and Communication

Sexual themes in fiction have been around as long as fiction itself. Ancient Greek comedies were often highly sexual in content, for example, Aristophanes' Lysistrata, an antiwar comedy about women who withhold sex from their husbands to coerce them to stop fighting wars. Literary classics such as Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew are filled with sexual double entendres and overtly sexual themes, some of which are missed today due to the archaic language and the "classic" aura surrounding such works. Throughout history, the pendulum has swung back and forth in terms of how much sexual expression should be permitted in literature and how explicit that depiction should be. In contrast to what is normally thought of as pornography, sex in literature usually has some accepted literary purpose or merit, which makes it much...

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