We’ve compared the early stages of pornography on an industrial level in the Western world of the late 1960s/ early 1970s with the time directly after the fall of the iron curtain in the former Soviet Bloc of the early 1990s. Those days were in more than one way breathless, consuming and not sustainable.
In the West there was a time before that. Distribution of porn on an industrial level was still prohibited. Andy Warhols “Blue Movie” (1969) is considered the first adult movie depicting explicit sex to receive wide theatrical release in the USA. It is often forgotten that the triumph of pornography marked the end of an era: the era of the exotic dancers and topless models of the 1950s and 1960s. That was the Golden Age of photographing and filming boobfulness and like we’ve postulated the other day: from a boobastic point of view porn is non-essential.
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From a boobastic point of view, the 1980s were quite lame. In the USA silicone was all over the place. Huuge but not real. The era of the pin-up models and exotic dancers, that made America gr8, was gone won’t come back. The breathless, consuming and not sustainable 1970s collapsed when in 1981 AIDS was first clinically observed in the United States. The Japanese market was relatively closed back then.
If there was no other reason for the fall of the iron curtain, the unleashing of endless ressources of boobfullness in the Slavic cultural area was reason enough. In former socialist countries porn was prohibited. The people used to be sexually relatively active (some say, because they’ve had nothing else to do in a controlled economy). When the iron curtain fell, there were no producers and no marketing channels in the Eastern Bloc. Dutch and Japanese pornographers invaded the scenery.
Communist countries and Soviet Republics in Europe with their representative flags (1950’s). This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons.
Economically those countries of the Soviet Union and its satellite countries were failed states. Former camerapersons for state-run television, former staff of prestigious theaters, former secretaries, former nurses and former salesgirls lost their jobs and needed money. The churches were formally disempowered and sexual morals relatively free. That’s why you have permisse productions on a high-quality level from the early 1990s. It was an atmosphere of departure in society and a gold-rush mood in the industry.