The 120 Days of Sodom
Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade. The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinage (Les 120 Journées de Sodome ou l'école du libertinage).[] Composed 1785. First publication 1904. Available in English New York: Grove, Press, 1987. London, UK: Penguin, 2016. Radford, VA: Wilder Publications, 2008.
Extreme pornography, relevant here for one passage by "the infamous Duke de Blangis."
“From an early age I set myself above the monstrous fantasies of religion, being perfectly convinced that the existence of the creator is a revolting absurdity in which not even children believe any more; there is no need for me to restrain my tastes in order to please Him, it is from Nature that I received these tastes, and I should offend her by resisting them – if they are wicked, it is because they serve her purposes. In her hands I am nothing but a machine for her to operate as she wishes, and there is not a single one of my crimes that fails to serve her; the greater her need, the more she spurs me on – I should be a fool to resist her. Only the law stands in my way, but I defy it – my gold and my influence place me beyond the reach of those crude scales meant only for the common people.”
This speech is partly quoted in I Am the Night: "Queen's Gambit Accepted," the 6th and final episode of the 2019 TV series by Jenkins + Pine and Studio T, shown on TNT, with the date given on IMDb as 2018 (which we assume date of acquisition for "distribution").
Note earlier arguments of humans as partial mechanism by René Descartes and an argument for full mechanism by Julien Offray de La Mettrie, in the explicitly titled, Man a Machine. The quoted speech undermines the frequent combining of Nature with the organic and opposing them to the mechanical, the idea of our passions — the wicked ones, anyway — as animalistic as opposed to a more mechanical Reason. And, of course, any idea of Nature in such formulations as following the will of God or a cosmic, lawful orderliness — and, therefore, even far less pornographic violence as unnatural. Cf. and contrast A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (film) and novel.
RDE, Initial Compiler, 12Ap20