Pornography, Erotica, and Nude Art – There Is a Difference

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Pornography is a subject that has always been argued and stirs up controversy almost anywhere it may arise. There are people who are against it, and would like to ban all pornography for the benefit of everyone, while there are those who defend it, claiming it is part of their “guaranteed” free speech, to express themselves in a manner of their choosing. With the issue of pornography being debated and spoken of, one major mistake people make is that they look at pornography according to their own views. Different types of people look at pornography differently, and therefore create their own definition of pornography in their minds. Usually, pornography tends to be mistaken with nude art and erotica, so some people consider erotic as …show more content…
Also, nude art either does not show genitalia at all, whether it is male or female, or it is not the main focus, so it is not drawn or painted in detail. Nude art may consist of photographs and paintings of people or angels who are nude and they may cleverly have their crotch area concealed with overlapping thighs. Pornography, erotica, and nude art may be similar in some ways, but need to be distinguished so that people do not argue whether something is pornography, erotica, or nude art.
A popular men’s magazine, “Playboy,” is considered to be pornographic, but it is a softcore pornographic magazine. Women are shown semi-nude in the photographs, so some people would argue the magazine to be erotic because it does not contain hardcore, pornographic pictures. But other people say that it is pornographic because women are explicitly shown. Other people say the “Sports Illustrated” magazine’s swimsuit issue is an erotic magazine, but the magazine does not show women in sexual activities; they are just posing for a camera, advertising the swimsuits. Another debated publication is the Victoria’s Secret catalog. Some people consider it to be erotica because it can be used to sexually stimulate a person. It does not matter how or what something is used for. What matters is what its intent is. If a child colors in a workbook, it is not called a coloring book. A workbook is called a workbook because its intent is to

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