In general, softcore pornography is pornography that does not depict explicit sexual activity, sexual penetration or extreme fetishism.
The 7-minute 1896 film Le Coucher de la Mariée had Louise Willy performing a bathroom striptease.
Today, pornographic films can be sold or rented on DVD, shown through Internet streaming and special channels and pay-per-view on cable and satellite, and in rapidly disappearing adult theaters.
They are generally not permitted to be shown in mainstream cinemas or on free-to-air television.
Because the viewing of such films carried a social stigma, they were viewed at brothels, adult movie theaters, stag parties, at home, in private clubs and also at night cinemas.
Only in the 1970s, during the Golden Age of Porn, were pornographic films semi-legitimized; and by the 1980s, pornography on home video achieved wider distribution.