March 28, 2008, Newsletter Issue #109: Erotica vs. Pornography

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The general consensus about erotica versus pornography is that erotica serves to encourage overall sexuality and pornography serves the sensational, or more animal side of sex – the act itself, as opposed to the entity.

Erotica can be expressed in the form of literature, such as novels like D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover or erotic journals . Erotica is also found as photos, film, paintings, bookplates, illustrations, dance compositions, and more. It stresses the general titillation and overall sense of arousal that sexuality brings over (but not necessarily in exclusion of) the bang of orgasm.

Pornography, on the other hand, is generally a hard-core visualization of one or more sex acts. Because porn is mainly visual, it tends to be expressed through film and video, photography. Pornography comes in written form, but the difference between it and erotic literature is generally the language used—more slang, and more focus on the act of sex itself.

It is also said by some that pornography stands apart in that, unlike erotica, it exploits women by turning them into sexual objects as opposed to sexual partners. This point is hotly debated, especially as more women directors become involved in the pornographic film industry.

So, it’s an ongoing debate. What you need to know is what works for you and your partner. Sometimes it’s not one or the other but a healthy balance of both…or none!

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