Published on April 8, 2011
The comparison between porn and erotica is an ongoing debate garnering fevered opinions from both side of the arguments and still no one has been able to present a strict definition of neither. Warning: Do Not open at work! The images therein aren't safe!
Art vs Porn
The comparison between porn and erotica is an ongoing debate garnering fevered opinions from both side of the arguments and still no one has been able to present a strict definition of neither.
It states: Erotic photography is a style of art photography of an erotic and even a sexually suggestive or sexually provocative nature. Though the subjects of erotic photography are usually completely or mostly unclothed, that is not a requirement.
Distinction is often made between erotica and pornography (the depiction of acts in a sensational manner so as to arouse a quick intense emotional reaction) (as well as the lesser known genre of sexual entertainment, ribaldry), although depending on the viewer they may seem one and the same. Pornography's objective is the graphic depiction of sexually explicit scenes. Pornography is often described as exploitative or degrading.
Who decides what’s degrading? Whose definition are we using? And if we’re to use these definitions, by what means and weight didn’t the 'definers' use to gauge the lewdness? I mean, if I’m to take someone’s word as truth, shouldn’t I know these things? What if their bias (with whom I don’t agree) played some vital part in the decision making?
It’s my firm belief that we as freethinking individuals should define what is obscene for ourselves....within reason (Those folks who enjoy kiddy porn can go to hell!!).
Now that my rant is over, let's get to it, shall we? I’d love to hear your opinions.
As I mentioned, with the new site coming online I was asked to create an erotic image gallery where inspiring and seasoned erotic photographers could display their work. I don’t use overly graphic images on my site because it’s not a selling point…ie our writing doesn’t require excessive titillation through visuals to hold our readers attention or lure them. Our images tease...our words please. :)
Porn or Art? Where do you draw the line? Would having an erotic image gallery change your perception of IRE both now and initially?