"XXX" is often used to designate pornographic material.
Top keywords searched online for pornography.
Erotic scene on the rim of an Attic red-figure kylix, c. 510 BC.
Oil lamp artifact depicting the doggy style sexual position
Marquee at Pilgrim Theatre on Washington Street showing Dr. Sex (1964)
A selection of pornographic magazines confiscated by customs authorities in 1969.
Two porn actors preparing to shoot a scene for an adult film.
A street stall in Hong Kong selling pornography.
Pornographic entertainment on display in a sex shop window, where there is usually a minimum age to go into pornographic stores
A caricature on "the great epidemic of pornography", 19th-century French illustration

Portrayal of sexual subject matter for the exclusive purpose of sexual arousal.

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Sexual arousal

Sexual arousal (also known as sexual excitement) describes the physiological and psychological responses in preparation for sexual intercourse or when exposed to sexual stimuli.

Martin van Maële's print Francion 15
Two birds that appear to be exhibiting affection

For example, many people may find nudity, erotica or pornography sexually arousing.

Sex toy

Object or device that is primarily used to facilitate human sexual pleasure, such as a dildo or vibrator.

Collection of sex toys, Germany, 2005
Vending machine selling a range of sex toys, England, 2005
Christmas tree decorated with sex toys, Milan, Italy, 2013
A spanking bench
A type of Ben Wa balls
Two butt plugs
Glass dildo
Two vibrators in a sex shop
Vibrator for Couples: Love Ring
A penis sleeve
A woman with a dildo. Red figure amphora attributed to the Flying-Angel Painter c. 490 BC; City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts
A strap-on dildo being used by two women. Lithograph from De Figuris Veneris (1906) by Édouard-Henri Avril

The term sex toy can also include BDSM apparatus and sex furniture such as slings; however, it is not applied to items such as birth control, pornography, or condoms.

Sex industry

The sex industry (also called the sex trade) consists of businesses that either directly or indirectly provide sex-related products and services or adult entertainment.

A prostitute in Germany; red is the sex industry's preferred color in many cultures, due to being strongly associated with passion, love and sexuality.
Two porn actors preparing to shoot a scene for an adult film.
British feminist and political theorist Carole Pateman, who has condemned the commodification of women caused by the sex industry

The industry includes activities involving direct provision of sex-related services, such as prostitution, strip clubs, host and hostess clubs and sex-related pastimes, such as pornography, sex-oriented men's magazines, sex movies, sex toys and fetish or BDSM paraphernalia.

AVN Awards

The AVN Awards are film awards sponsored and presented by the American adult video industry trade magazine AVN (Adult Video News) to recognize achievement in various aspects of the creation and marketing of American pornographic films.

Graphic artwork representing a "AVN Awards" trophy
The 2015 AVN Award statuette for the category "Best Director –  Feature", won by Brad Armstrong
AVN Awards show, Hard Rock Hotel

The awards are divided into over 100 categories, some of which are analogous to industry awards offered in other film and video genres and others that are specific to pornographic/erotic film and video.

Golden Age of Porn

The term "Golden Age of Porn", or "porno chic", refers to a 15-year period (1969–1984) in commercial American pornography, in which sexually explicit films experienced positive attention from mainstream cinemas, movie critics, and the general public.

Andy Warhol

These films were the first adult erotic films depicting explicit sex to receive wide theatrical release in the United States.


Fernande (1910–1917) French postcard by Jean Agélou

Erotica is (in a broad sense) any literary or artistic work that deals substantively with subject matter that is erotic, sexually stimulating or sexually arousing but (in a strict sense) is not generally considered to be pornographic.

Pornography addiction

Dermatophagia – extreme nail biting / biting of skin to point of an obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or other condition leading to self mutilating behaviour such as autistic spectrum disorders (as is the case in this example) or Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome.

Pornography addiction is an addiction model of compulsive sexual activity with concurrent use of pornographic material, despite negative consequences to one's physical, mental, social, or financial well-being.

Pornographic film

Pornographic films (pornos), erotic films, or sex films, are films that present sexually explicit subject matter in order to arouse and satisfy the viewer.

On the set of a pornographic film before the "action"
Staff and actors at a pornographic film set in Australia
Images from early Austrian erotic movies (about 1906, first image showing Am Sklavenmarkt) by photographer Johann Schwarzer and his Saturn Film company
American television personality Kim Kardashian rose to fame following the release of the pornographic film Kim Kardashian, Superstar in 2007, in which she had sexual intercourse with American singer Ray J.
The film set for a medical fetishism scene

Pornographic films present sexual fantasies and usually include erotically stimulating material such as nudity (softcore) and sexual intercourse (hardcore).

Blue Movie

1969 American erotic film written, produced and directed by Andy Warhol.

Theatrical release poster
Cover of the 1970 book adaptation

It is the first adult erotic film depicting explicit sex to receive wide theatrical release in the United States, and is regarded as a seminal film in the Golden Age of Porn.

Pornographic film actor

Person who performs sex acts in video that is usually characterized as a pornographic movie.

Performers shooting a scene (2009)
Jenna Jameson is a former pornographic actress.
Asa Akira is a two-time Pornhub Awards host, she hosted the 1st and 2nd ceremonies.
American porn star Ron Jeremy was ranked by AVN at number one in their "100 Top Porn Stars of All Time" list, and is listed in the Guinness World Records for "Most Appearances in Adult Films".
Canadian porn star Peter North, active since the early 1980s, was ranked at number 15 by AVN in their "100 Top Porn Stars of All Time" list.
In Fall 2009, the TV One series Life After chronicled Jaimee Foxworth story.

Most actors specialize in certain genres, such as straight sex, bisexual sex, gay sex, lesbian sex, bondage, strap-on sex, anal sex, double penetration, semen swallowing, teenage women, orgy sex, age roleplay sex, fauxcest sex, interracial or MILFs and much more.