Dionysus or Aphrodite? THE PORN/EROTICA DISTINCTION, PRT. 3

"You should get an agent! ... why sit in the dark, handling yourself?” -Scott Walker, Bish Bosch. ◊ Now there are a plethora of such opinion polls, studies and surveys investigating America’s relationship to pornography but very little committed to erotica. This is primarily because there is very little effort made by most academics to… Continue reading Dionysus or Aphrodite? THE PORN/EROTICA DISTINCTION, PRT. 3

Dionysus or Aphrodite? The Porn/Erotica Distinction, Prt. 2

In part 1 of this series we firmly established a useful linguistic categorization which well encapsulates and differentiates porn from erotica. Thus, it is now crucial to examine the ways which both forms of sexual expression are treated in contemporary America. Such a investigation cannot be conducted without first mentioning the landmark court case, Jacobellis… Continue reading Dionysus or Aphrodite? The Porn/Erotica Distinction, Prt. 2

Dionysus or Aphrodite? The Porn/Erotica Distinction, Prt. 1

Observe the cover image; is it pornographic or erotic or is there no worthy distinctions to be drawn between such fickle words at all? The argument about how human sexuality should be properly represented in the arts is a extremely old one with three broad factions splitting up the lion share of opinions. Either sexuality… Continue reading Dionysus or Aphrodite? The Porn/Erotica Distinction, Prt. 1