Erotica is as old as civilization. People used to secretly read naughty poems even in the 16th century. These treasures passed on, by hand from one generation to another, only changing in the format occasionally. As technology progressed, Erotic magazines became erotic VHS tapes and then CDs and DVDs and now everything is on the internet.
Looking at its long history, it is hard to figure out who started it all. For modern erotic art, we can trace back the pioneers easily since they pushed the boundaries hard.
One such pioneer was Servando Cabrera Moreno. Even 32 years after his death, Moreno’s art pieces still stir up controversy. He defied society at large with his provocative portrayal of the male nude art in the 60s. They ostracized Moreno from the community along with several other artists because of their sexual ‘deviance.’
The ‘sexy software’ from the 90s is one of the earliest pioneers of erotica. This was long before today’s porn industry came into existance. If you read computer magazines from the early 90s, you could see a few cheesy ads which promoted sexual chat services and early digital erotica.
You could also get your own ‘Digital Girlfriend’, touted as the first virtual woman or play ‘The Interactive Adventures of Seymore Butts.’
The earliest form of digital erotica was erotic ASCII art. Though they may seem silly now, back then, ASCII art was the pinnacle of sexy times.
But erotic was not a male-only market. A group of non-conformists female artists dubbed the ‘black sheep feminists’ from the 70s to 90s are getting recognized as the pioneers in erotica. Back then, their work was so reprehensible that even the most progressives in the society shunned them. But today, they are celebrated as being ahead of their time.