England's (and the world's) first laws criminalising pornography were enacted with the passage of the Obscene Publications Act of 1857.
Pornography has existed throughout recorded history and has adapted to each new medium, including photography, cinema, video, and computers and the internet. government from restricting speech based on its content.
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In some cases, the possession of certain books, engravings or image collections was outlawed, but the trend to compose laws that actually restricted viewing sexually explicit things in general was a Victorian construct.
When large-scale excavations of Pompeii were undertaken in the 1860s, much of the erotic art of the Romans came to light, shocking the Victorians who saw themselves as the intellectual heirs of the Roman Empire.
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The movable objects were locked away in the Secret Museum in Naples, and what could not be removed was covered and cordoned off so as to not corrupt the sensibilities of women, children and the working class.
In Asian countries such as India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Japan and China, representations of sex and erotic art have specific spiritual meanings within native religions.
The Greeks and Romans produced much art and decoration of an erotic nature, much of it integrated with their religious beliefs and cultural practices.
Historically, this exception was used in an attempt to ban information about sex education, studies on nudism, and sexually explicit literature.
In the 1970s in the United States, attempts were made to shut down the pornography industry by prosecuting individuals on prostitution charges. Freeman, the California Supreme Court ruled to distinguish prostitution as an individual taking part in sexual activities in exchange for money versus an individual who is portraying a sexual act on-screen as part of their acting performance.