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(Adult / Slang)
ETYMOLOGY: From the Greek porne , prostitute, and graphein , to write; first recorded in English around 1864:

1. Erotic writings, pictures, movies, etc., intended to arouse sexual desire. Humorously defined by Frederic Mullally in The Penthouse Sexicon (1968): ' Elevating reading-matter.'

2. The depiction or production of such writings, pictures, movies, etc. Synonym: pudery. SEE ALSO: net pornography.


(1) Gloria Steinem. Erotica vs Pornography (From articles in Ms. in 1977 and 1978): ' Pornography is about dominance. Erotica is about mutuality.'

(2) Andrea Dworkin. Pornography (1981) Preface: ' Erotica is simply high-class pornography; better produced, better conceived, better executed, better packaged, designed for a better class of consumer.'

(3) Attributed to Henry Miller (1891-1980) by George Plimpton: ' Obscenity is a cleansing process, whereas pornography only adds to the murk.'

(4) Angela Lambert (1990): ' Pornography is literature designed to be read with one hand.'

(5) Woody Allen as Felding Mellish in Bananas (1971): ' I once stole a pornographic book that was printed in Braille. I used to rub the dirty parts.'

(6) Walter Matthau as Justice Dan Snow in First Monday in October (1981): ' Just being offensive is not an offense. One man's pornography may be another man's poetry.' Possibly a rewording of a famous line by Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan said in a 1971 case on free speech: ' One man's vulgarity is another man's lyric.'

(7) Walter Matthau as Justice Dan Snow on the subject of pornography in First Monday in October (1981): ' So it's crap! What if it is crap? That's not the point. Crap has the right to be crap.'

(8) Charles Rembar: ' Pornography is in the loin of the beholder.'

(9) Rosalie Maggio, The Dictionary of Bias-Free Usage (1991): ' Men may buy pornography but women pay for it - in terms of exploitation, rape, violence, and a society that sees them as disposable sexual objects. Pornography associates women with pain, inferiority, and humiliation; the assumption for the user is that this is real and normal. Good sex is also a victim; a graduate of The School of Pornography is a sex-illiterate. (...) Erotica differs from pornography in that it celebrates rather than degrades human sexuality. It preserves the mutuality of sexual activity, is not exploitative, controlling, objectifying, addictive, a "using" activity, or affected by prurient interests.'

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(Adult / Slang)
(Noun) sexually explicit language and/or pictures.
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(Noun) films or magazines that make people feel sexually excited

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