a difference between erotic
- although it's not the one most people think about.
Some will tell you that it's all about the graphics
: how much you show, how explicitly you show it, blah blah blah
- there (they'll say) lies the distinction between delicate eroticism
and vulgar pornography
The difference lies not in what is shown - it lies in the effects it has on you
. Pornography is a purely technical word : it simply means showing flesh
in action, period. No other meaning (either positive
Eroticism is on another level (the meta
level, if you like) : it's about using some degree of pornography (recisely which degree is irrelevant
) to awake something obscure
, something upsetting
in your inner self. You know what I mean, not just a good hard-on
, not that simple, joyful, bestial impulse
, no, something much darker
- a very deep, very poignant confusion
You can have a better idea by 1) watching some good X-rated
movie, and 2) reading (eg) Story of O
Note: Any philosophical consideration aside, watching X-rated movies, or reading such a masterpiece of litterature as Story of O is never a bad idea.
Note2: Thanks to P_I for signalling that the etymological meaning of pornography is "writing about prostitutes".