Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Erotica v pornography

According to Wikipedia,
Erotica (from the Greek ἔρως, eros "desire") are works of art, including literature, photography, film, sculpture and painting, that deal substantively with erotically stimulating or sexually arousing descriptions.
while the definition of
Pornography or porn is the explicit portrayal of sexual subject matter. Pornography may use a variety of media, including books,magazinespostcardsphotossculpturedrawingpaintinganimationsound recordingfilmvideo, and video games. The term applies to the depiction of the act rather than the act itself...

Depending on where you stand on this issue the difference in the two may be too subtle for differentiation.  And, honestly, I'm not here to debate the moral correctness of either.  But, instead in this age of Fifty Shades of rey,  I was extremely shocked to see a news broadcast on CNN regarding a request to ban porn in hotels.      I have never rented porn in a hotel, but I don't know if I'm okay with people affecting my ability to rent porn if I want to rent porn!

According to the CNN report...
-Omni Hotels discontinued it's offering in '99
-Marriott plans to phase out it's offerings by '13
-Choice Hotels leaves it to the discretion of it's franchisees

Whether or not you choose to watch porn or read erotica, I guess, for me, the operative word is "choose."  If I chose to read Fifty Shades of Grey, shouldn't I be able to walk into any store and pick it up?  And shouldn't it be the same way for my porn?  I guess I can still go to one of those wonderfully well-lit inviting porn shops and pick-up my porn :-)


  1. I tend to think of erotica as erotic material that portrays a story, whereas porn is more a depiction of an act without story. :) And I agree, it should be our choice whether we choose to indulge or not. To be forced one way or another is a bit dictatorial. Nice post.

    1. I think that's my real problem...some outside power controlling my ability to choose.

  2. I don't think you have to worry over the availability of either. But it's true our choices are narrowing all the time. And if you're concerned over big brother watching, compare which commercials are shown to you on your YouTube selections as opposed to the same video on another's. My hubby gets political ads while I get anti-wrinkle cream...

    1. It's unbelievable what companies are able to do with their databases full of data :-)