Yet another pamphlet on that nasty thing called sex? Yes, and rightly so. The brand-new essay from Alan Moore comes in luxury format, adorned with tens of explicit pictures taken from paintings and recent imagery. The text is rather short but dense and polished, Moore's rethorical skills are at high level and the result is intriguing for the ease with which he supports his view.
The main theme is that while sexually progressive cultures gave birth to advanced technologies and knowledge, sexually repressive ones fall rapidly into decadence. His review starts from a small statue of fertile Venus of 22-24 thousands years ago till recent thrash western culture. He observes that with every new generation of mass media (particularly press and Internet), pornography both expanded and degenerated. Today we are saturated with sexual hints and explicit remarks, still sex is regarded as vicious, performed in solitude by humiliated people with a deep sense of guilt. According to Moore, it might be very healthy to reinstate the grand value and benefits of sex, much like it happens in Holland, Spain and Denmark where it is seen as an unloading valve rather than as something pecaminous. In this regard, art should take initiative, so that attention could be again freely focused on erotica without easy and pregiudicial censorships. A conclusion to which it is hard to object.