Contents 1 Erotica and pornography 2 Gallery 3 See also 4 References 5 Further reading


Erotica and pornography[edit] Distinction is often made between erotica and pornography (as well as the lesser known genre of sexual entertainment, ribaldry), although some viewers may not distinguish between them. A key distinction, some have argued, is that pornography's objective is the graphic depiction of sexually explicit scenes, while erotica "seeks to tell a story that involves sexual themes" that include a more plausible depiction of human sexuality than in pornography.[2] Additionally, works considered degrading or exploitative tend to be classified by those who see them as such, as "porn" rather than as "erotica" and consequently, pornography is often described as exploitative or degrading.[2][3] Feminist writer Gloria Steinem distinguishes erotica from pornography, writing: "Erotica is as different from pornography as love is from rape, as dignity is from humiliation, as partnership is from slavery, as pleasure is from pain." Steinem's argument hinges on the distinction between reciprocity versus domination, as she writes: "Blatant or subtle, pornography involves no equal power or mutuality. In fact, much of the tension and drama comes from the clear idea that one person is dominating the other."[4][5][6]


Gallery[edit] The Naked Maja (c. 1800–1803) by Francisco de Goya. Painting by Édouard-Henri Avril.


See also[edit] Sexuality portal Erotic art Erotic film Erotic literature Erotic photography Feminist views on pornography History of erotic depictions Lesbianism in erotica Love Pregnancy in art Sex museum Shunga Tentacle erotica


References[edit] ^ "Pornography". Encarta. Archived from the original on October 31, 2009.  ^ a b "Erotica Is Not Pornography". William J. Gehrke. The Tech. December 10, 1996. ^ "Don't confuse erotica with porn". Jug Suraiya. The Times of India. August 15, 2004. ^ Steinem, Gloria (1984). Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (1 ed.). New York: Henry Holt & Co. p. 219.  ^ "Erotica and Pornography: A Clear and Present Difference". Ms. November 1978. p. 53.  ^ "Pornography—Not Sex but the Obscene Use of Power". Ms. August 1977. p. 43. 


Further reading[edit] What Distinguishes Erotica from Pornography? - Leon F Seltzer, Psychology Today, 6 April 2011 v t e Human sexuality and sexology Sexual relationship phenomena Asexuality Gray asexuality Bisexuality Casual relationship Casual sex Celibacy Celibacy syndrome Committed relationship Free love Foreplay Herbivore men Heterosexuality Homosexuality Hypersexuality Marriage One-night stand Polyamory Promiscuity Female Romantic love Romantic orientation Flirting Sex life Sexual abstinence Sexual partner Single person Swinging Sexual dynamics Hypergamy Intersex Physical attractiveness Sexual attraction Sexual ethics See also Sexual addiction Sex Addicts Anonymous Sexual surrogate Authority control GND: 4015369-1 Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Erotica&oldid=819304199" Categories: EroticaHuman sexualitySex industryGenresHidden categories: Wikipedia articles with GND identifiers


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