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Thérèse Philosophe (1748) by Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens
Thérèse Philosophe (1748) by Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens

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Satirotica is the use of pornography as political satire used to subvert the establishment.

France on the eve of the French Revolution

Fureurs utérines de Marie-Antoinette, Le Godemiché Royale

During the Enlightenment, on the eve of the French Revolution, many of the French free-thinkers began to exploit pornography as a medium of social criticism and satire. Libertine pornography was a subversive social commentary and often targeted the Catholic Church and the monarchy. The market for the mass-produced, inexpensive pamphlets and libelles made the upper class worry. The stories and illustrations (sold in the galleries of the Palais Royal, along with services of prostitutes) were often anti-clerical and anti-royal. In the period leading up to the French Revolution, pornography was also used as political commentary; Marie Antoinette was often targeted with fantasies involving orgies, lesbian activities and the paternity of her children, and rumors circulated about the supposed sexual inadequacies of Louis XVI.


John Wilkes

John Wilkes, a leading figure in English Radicalism supposedly published "An Essay on Woman", accompanied by "Cunno Opt. Min.," "The Dying Lover to His Prick" and "The Veni Creator, or the Maid's Prayer."

See also

sexual humor

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