Porn, Pornography, and Erotica are all words that we hear but what does it all really mean? Could one really need all these terms to describe sexual acts? Well it might interest you to know that all three of these terms have very different meanings. No Way! Sex is just sex right? The answer to that question might just surprise you.
Porn by its very definition is “television shows, articles, photographs, etc., thought to cater to an excessive, irresistible desire for or interest in something” (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/porn?s=t). That’s right, the basic term porn has nothing to do with sexuality; it is meant to describe the things we enjoy. I personally enjoy several types of porns: Nail Porn, Book Porn, and my very favorite, Music Porn; I can really get into some music porn. Culturally, the general populace isn’t running around making claims to have really enjoyed the Empire Porn they saw on Fox last night! Too often the term porn is used to describe pornography.
The difference between porn and pornography is that pornography is considered to be obscene. Videos depicting sexual acts and pictures of women and men alike bared and spread out for all to see is what defines pornography. There is no artistic metric to the images; it purely serves as a raunchy tactless approach, an approach used, for what I assume, is to inspire an erection.
What’s that you ask? Can graphic images be considered art?
Yes, this is what we refer to as erotica. Erotica is considered to be artistic medians such as paintings, sculptures or literatures with a heavy influence of love and sex. Great works like Michelangelo’s David, Venus of Urbino by Titan, Delta of Venus by Anais and even Fifty Shades of Gray by E.L. James are erotica works.
Yes! We could sit around all day and split hairs about how pornographic video’s can be works of art or how some consider Fifty Shades of Gray to be repulsive and raunchy. I admit the lines are blurred. This is most likely why the terms are so interchangeable. The perception is in the eye of the beholder. I say enjoy finding out what suits you! I hope my 2 Cents has helped eliminate some of the confusion out there about these terms and maybe the next time you hear the words erotica, porn or pornography you will give some consideration and merit to the works of art that blur these lines.