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The Eye Of The Beholder

In the post-porn fantasy world, every man is a stud star, every woman a risque raani

The Eye Of The Beholder
Narendra Bisht
The Eye Of The Beholder
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Humans have been making pictures of sexual acts for almost as long as they have been having sex. At some point, a female or a male Homo sapiens untangled her/himself after a long session with their current squeeze and thought, “Ah, that was really nice! I think I’ll mark this moment on this cave wall here, right next to where Shmrog has made these drawings of yesterday’s mammoth hunt.” Since the booting up of human time, something in the Homo sapiens mind has wanted to record all bodily activity: hunting, eating, sleeping, dancing and sure enough, getting jiggy. So we have cave paintings, early carvings, miniatures, pata-chitra, Khajuraho and Konarak. In the modern age, in the western hemisphere, we have etchings and lithographs, water-colours and line-drawings. Somewhere in the very hot and fetid lap of the 19th century, photography is invented and its most popular use is quickly found: to photograph attractive bodies, half-clothed or completely naked, alone, posing coquettishly (mostly women, but men too). Or, in some...

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