Allegedly, we all love a bit of porn right?
Steady on… I said allegedly… ALLEGEDLY!
But if you do love a bit of the old porn, then try this on for size.
The word pornography comes from the Latin…
Porna – prostitute
and the Greek…
Graphien – to write
So it is literally the writings of prostitutes…
In ancient cities like Pompeii they found graffiti (literally little writings – scribbles if you like) from working girls advertising their wares… “Like Big Bosoms?- 2 doors up – ask for Brenda!”
Ok you’ve got me… it was more like 2 doors up – ask for Calpurnica… but you get the drift.
More years ago than I care to remember, you could not open a public telephone box in London without being buried by an avalanche of not so discrete business cards advertising: ‘French mistress – private lessons’ or even ‘Model’.
Personally, I doubt those who claim to have seen cards saying: “Like Antiques? Inspect my Beautiful Chest!” But I suppose anything is possible in this wicked old world of ours.
All I can say for sure is that in the intervening 2,000 years, and all those miles between Pompeii and London, the only thing that has not changed is people.