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Alan Moore Talks Porn

Alan Moore (who kind of looks like a hobo), the mastermind behind such famous comic book stories as Watchmen, Promothea, V for Vendetta, “For the Man Who Has Everything”, and “The Killing Joke”, recently wrote an article in Arthur Magazine on Pornography. Clearly a liberal (as if anyone who watched V for Vendetta didn’t realize that), he decries the attack on pornography as justified by those who claim it is the creeping rise of moral decadence and the ensuing collapse of civilization. A little academic-y, but it’s full of wonderful tidbits.

On the cave-man pervert “archetype”:

The mighty Robert Crumb, back in his awesomely prolific Weirdodays, depicted the creator of the first Venus of Willendorf as Caveman Bob, a neurasthenic outcast with a strong resemblance to Crumb himself, perpetually horny, crouching in his cave and whacking off over the big-butt fetish woman he’d just made: Homo erectus.

On the anthropological rise of masturbation:

Humans, whether individually while in the womb or as a species newly climbed down from the treetops that we’d shared with kissing-cousin Bonobos, discover early on that sexual self-stimulation is a source of great gratification, practically unique in our experience as mammals in that it is easily achievable and, unlike almost every other primitive activity, can be accomplished without risk of being maimed or eaten. Also, it can be acquired completely free of charge, which may well be a factor in society’s subsequent attempts to regulate the sexual imagination, and which is a point to which we’ll be returning later.

On sexual openness’s correlation with civilization’s rise:

Sexual openness and cultural progress would seem pretty much to have walked hand in hand throughout the opening chapters of the human story in the West, and it wasn’t until the advent of Christianity, or more specifically of the apostle Paul, that anybody realized we should all be thoroughly ashamed of both our bodies and those processes relating to them.

And of course, Alan Moore’s conclusion:

So, to recap on what we have learned so far: sexually open and progressive cultures such as ancient Greece have given the West almost all of its civilizing aspects, whereas sexually repressive cultures like late Rome have given us the Dark Ages.

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