Erotica

Erotic Art…

I love erotic art, especially vintage erotic art, not as a turn on for me but for the pleasure of the art for it’s “self”…

Distinction is often made between erotica and pornography, although depending on the viewer they may seem one and the same…

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Pornography’s objective is the graphic depiction of sexually explicit scenes. Pornography is often described as exploitative or degrading. One person’s pornography is another’s erotica, and vice-versa. In other words, if a politician or priest finds a work containing only consenting adults “perverted”, then it says more about the mental state of the accuser than the intentions of the photographer or viewer…

The dictionary also uses different emotive words to describe the same product. Erotica is “Explicitly sexual literature or art, concerning or arousing sexual pleasure.” Pornography is “Writings, pictures, films etc designed to stimulate sexual excitement.”

Even the dictionary’s authors couldn’t avoid bringing emotion into their definitions. Erotica is described using the gentle word “arousing” whereas pornography gets the “stimulate” a much colder, clinical definition…

To be continued…

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