Okay, this may sound like a newbie-ish question, but I wanted to clarify something. I was always under the impression that erotica was written word, usually fictitious, but recently a friend told me that that just wasn't so. Just double checking that I know my stuff! Anyone?
Also, one other thing I was unsure of was: is erotica (assuming it is just written word) restricted to 18+?
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[This message has been edited by CrazyGirl (edited 11-08-2001).]
It is some confusing stuff. Erotica usually refers to sexual material (stories, photographs, poems, etc.) that is considered artistic by someone. Pornography is often defined as sexual material that is less high-brow. But really, they mean pretty much the same thing. There is no way to know the intent behind a piece of something. What one person thinks is beautiful, another might find arousing, and another might find beautiful and arousing.
Most erotica online is 18+ because it is presented with other things. I'm not sure what the actual legal answer is if you're talking about just written word. I know that they don't check ID at Barnes and Noble . . .
quote:pornography: 1 : the depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures or writing) intended to cause sexual excitement 2 : material (as books or a photograph) that depicts erotic behavior and is intended to cause sexual excitement 3 : the depiction of acts in a sensational manner so as to arouse a quick intense emotional reaction <the pornography of violence>
and here's "erotica":
quote:erotica: 1 : literary or artistic works having an erotic theme or quality 2 : depictions of things erotic
it all depends on what you define as art, and we know there is a broad spectrum of opinion on that.
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