Erotic literature comprises fictional and factual stories and accounts of eros — passionate, romantic or sexual relationships — intended to arouse similar feelings in readers,  in contrast to erotica , which focusses more specifically on sexual feelings. Erotic literature can take the form of novels, short stories, poetry , true-life memoirs , and sex manuals. A common feature of the genre is sexual fantasies on such themes as prostitution , orgies , sadomasochism , and many other taboo subjects and fetishes , which may or may not be expressed in explicit language. Much erotic literature features erotic art , illustrating the text. Despite cultural disapproval of such material, circulation of erotic literature was not seen as a major problem before the invention of printing, as the costs of producing individual manuscripts limited distribution to a very small group of literate readers. The invention of printing, in the 15th century, brought with it both a greater market and increasing restrictions, including censorship and legal restraints on publication on the grounds of obscenity. The oldest love poem ever found is Istanbul ,  an erotic monologue written by a female speaker directed to king Shu-Sin.
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Chinese Erotic Art – Ferry Bertholet
Donna Turner July 4, The following short erotic fiction sees a British woman celebrating her first American Thanksgiving by giving thanks to her Dominant boyfriend for a good spanking. Read on…. The idea of Thanksgiving had always sat a little uncomfortably with Alice, as a British woman from a Catholic family living in America. She was embarrassed by it all somehow, as though she was somehow personally responsible. Her boyfriend, John, was a good person. Good Christian morals, a decent upbringing, respectful, considerate, understanding… but in many ways distant, unemotional, unknowable.
List of pornographic magazines
This is a list of pornographic magazines or erotic magazine , adult magazine — magazines that contain content of a sexual nature and are typically considered to be pornography. For inclusion in this list, pornographic magazines must be, or have been, widely available as a printed publication and contain hardcore or softcore images. Gay pornographic magazines, sometimes known as adult magazines or gay sex magazines, contain content of a sexual nature, typically regarded as pornography , that relates to men having sex with men. Such publications provide photographs or other illustrations of nudity and sexual activities, including oral sex , anal sex , and other various forms of such activities.
Erotic art — in letters and in pictures — is an eminent part of the cultural heritage of ancient China, and was already flourishing in pre-Imperial times. With its peak during the late-Ming period, this art remained a fixed feature in Chinese literature and visual arts until well into the 20 th century. At its best, Chinese erotic art is a search for beauty in all its manifestations, for not only does it offer stimulation, it provides a source of great aesthetic pleasure. It never presents sex in a crude or pornographic way, but within a framework of beauty and harmony, enhanced with details of a profound or symbolic nature. Yet it was precisely this kind of art, which was strictly prohibited and banned after upheavals of different governments.