The art of it (Part 2)

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January 1, 2006

Erotic versus porn

There have long been many arguments between what constitutes the erotic versus porn, and it's not difficult to see that each era throughout history has their own standards, but I would go further in suggesting that it's not simply the moral tone of a society, but also individual tastes, preferences and boundaries that constitute much of the difference or lack of difference between these two words.

Erotica is said to constitute works of art, some of which I mentioned in my previous blog, that offer sensuality and depict sexuality. Pornography is defined as distinct from the erotic and certainly nowhere do I find anyone defining Internet porn as works of art.

According to Dictionary.com, art is "the human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. It is also defined as the conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty, specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium."

Caravaggio's painting Amor Victorious' was once considered obscene, D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley’s Lover was banned for sexually explicit content from 1928 until 1959 in the United States, and even the film In the Realm of the Senses (Dir. Nagisa Oshima) was banned from being shown at the New York Film Festival in 1976, and was prohibited from being released on video until 1990.

It begs to wonder that if all of these works (and more) were once considered obscene and are now referred to as erotic, is there any artistic merit in the porn that we view and review on the Internet today?

To be continued in Part 3

Posted by sloth at January 1, 2006 1:00 AM

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