Here is yet another recent post from Jerry Saltz emasculating the West:
Jerry Saltz: 1. In Western art there is a prohibition against pleasure.
2. In Asian art the depiction of pleasure is common.
3. In African art the depiction of pleasure is common.
Again, this is one of our "elected" voices. Has Jerry missed the entire cannon of Western Erotic art?!!...and if we are speaking contemporary erotic pleasure prohibition, there are countries like say CHINA and NORTH KOREA that are as culturally asexual as it gets; frigidity as a policy.
...and what about African art?...the sexuality that is found is visually one dimensional and cliche like much tribal art...hardly sexy. Saltz needs to (re-?)read (review) some Bataille, Miller, Freud, Balthus, Bellmer, Tom of Findland, R. Crumb, Grosz, Fellini, Victorian era erotica, erotic art from ancient Greece, erotic art from ancient Rome etc. just for starters.
...and in regards to prohibition, remember, the more you abstain the more powerful the release. Not to mention innovative (creative) circumventive measures that make the forbidden fruit far more sexy!
Above image: Le Poitevin's diableries circa 1830