There is also some evidence that pornography can be used to treat voyeurism.), and γράφειν (graphein "to write or to record", derived meaning "illustration", as in "graph"), and the suffix -ία (-ia, meaning "state of", "property of", or "place of"), thus meaning "a written description or illustration of prostitutes or prostitution".No date is known for the first use of the word in Greek; the earliest attested, most related word one could find in Greek, is 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.
Those that were made were produced illicitly by amateurs starting in the 1920s, primarily in France and the United States.
Commercialized pornography accounts for over US.5 billion in the United States alone, including the production of various media and associated products and services.
This industry employs thousands of performers along with support and production staff.
Social attitudes towards the discussion and presentation of sexuality have become more tolerant in Western countries, and legal definitions of obscenity have become more limited, notably beginning in 1969 with Blue Movie by Andy Warhol, the first adult erotic film depicting explicit sex to receive wide theatrical release in the United States, and the subsequent Golden Age of Porn (1969-1984), leading to an industry for the production and consumption of pornography in the latter half of the 20th century.
The introduction of home video and the Internet saw a boom in the worldwide porn industry that generates billions of dollars annually.