Notes and Warnings:
1. Some fairly unpleasant things are described in these posts, especially at the end of Part two. We thought about leaving them out but, on balance felt including the descriptions and quotes was necessary.
2. This essay doesn't claim to be exhaustive, there are a number of important areas that have been excluded or treated in less detail than they deserve, these include racism in pornography, violence in gay pornography and the movement between material and immaterial labour and the economics of "free" pornography within post-Fordism.
3. In the Marx and Adorno quotes, we've let "men", "mankind" and "his" pass without comment. It should be obvious that, in most cases, what Marx and Adorno argue about men applies even more strongly to women. Further, as Hobsbawm writes of Marx's "men make their own history...", "the German word means men and women."