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25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom Hardcover – October 1, 2009
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Furthermore, the book is poorly organized, with pictures just distributed willy-nilly throughout, with no real relationship to the text. For example, a discussion of nineteenth-century erotic art is accompanied by pictures of fourteenth-century paintings.
25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom is at its best when it examines erotic artists in some depth, as it does with the author of The Yellow Books. Furthermore, it has some interesting arguments about the role of pornography in society, providing an all too necessary counterbalance to the arguments of religious and feminist fanatics. However, these arguments would have held more weight if they had been strengthened with more detail.
I would advise doing as most other readers seem to do, and ignore the 1-star anti-review further down this page, as it is written by a fundamentally oriented follower of the Nazarene. In fact, I have done as most others have done, and voted a "NO IT IS NOT HELPFUL" vote against that spiteful piece of reviewing, which charges the fair, balanced and enormously educated Alan Moore with suggesting that the vikings ruled Europe for 1000 years - nowhere does he state this! That reviewer also accuses Moore of not comprehending European history! Anyone who knows anything about Alan Moore knows the truth to be quite the opposite. Enough ... let's hope all balanced readers ignore it and vote it off this page.
This book is not only beautiful, it is educational and thoroughly entertaining and well worth the relative cost. As Michael Haneke illustraed clearly and brutally, in his quiet film, The White Ribbon [Blu-ray] it was very fashionable for Germanic families, during the late Victorian and the Edwardian periods, to abuse their children by punishing them for adolescent activity that was private and bodily in nature. Tying-down children in bed, and forcing them to endure pain due to normal, adolescent arousal was brutal. Moore did not make this up.Read more ›
So in a sense, this book is a plea for sanity and tolerance in the way we think about sex. The difference Moore notes between erotica and pornography is usually the amount of money the purchaser makes. So pornography should be restored to its proper place as art and not relegated to some marginal standard-less cellar. Moore diligently chronicles the prejudices exacted on erotic expression in art (mainly since the 19th century, which is why I give the book a 4) with humor and style. Reading the book is great experience, it challenges many assumptions about what is considered acceptable and what is not. If you have read Moore's work before than this is an excellent supplement to his work, it is also wonderful it own right if you're interested in art, sex, or both.
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As the author of THE MAGIC HOUSE, I am interested in any book with a title like 25, 000 Years of Erotic Freedom. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Richard Quatrone
Now, believe it or not, I have met Mr. Moore and his girlfriend, to whom he dedicated this book. They are larger than life and, let's face it, Mr. Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by Vanessa Wu