Erotica or Pornography? Does It Matter?

I was asked how often I post “porn.” I am glad and grateful this question came up. And, while this post is not directed at that specific comment, it does give me a chance to address what may be a concern of others. 

First, I don’t care for the word porn, it is a simplified monosyllabic word, often, not always nor soley, shouted in derision by monotheistic indoctrinated cult followers, beholden to some archaic puritanical doctrine, pathetically following a repressed monogamistic life, used to demonstrate some type of pseudo moral superiority.

Second, and most importantly, I don’t consider what I write to be pornography

Pornography’s primary purpose is to titillate, to heighten sexual arousal, ultimately to give people assistance in touching themselves, or another, in such a way as to elicit orgasm. While my erotic writing may in fact cause this outcome, that is not the primary purpose.

The primary purpose of what I write, in any genre, is always the same — to tell a good story. I use explicit sex to tell some stories, because it is, to me, plain and simple, the best way to tell that story. It is a vehicle to confront certain societal norms, and if you read the subtext — to challenge hypocritical authority figures and institutions.

If you are shocked by it, that is not a bad thing, I won’t deny that is part of my intent. I refuse to bow to convention just because someone deems a story — offensive. There are genuine issues to be offended by, not the least of which are — sexism, discrimination, war, genocide, famine and poverty.

If you fear living a life of consensual, unbridled, sexual exploration and growth, never to embrace the wild, so be it.

If you must be a self-righteous individual, unable to see past some puritanical value system, so be it.

If you have a problem with the term “erotica” or “adult” to describe my writing, so be it.

I am proud of the stories I write. I know why I write, and for whom I write. If you can’t cope with what I write, simply don’t read it.

Pornography, erotica, adult entertainment — whichever label you may require, and with which one you are most comfortable, can be an art form. If used to tell a good story, open eyes, or change convention — it can be an effective art form. 


To see the light, we must enter the darkness.

Chase new experiences, and embrace the wild.

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“Who am I?”

I am an independent, self-published teller of tales. I am an author of scarcely any renown. However, as a storyteller, I know who I am, and with that persona, I am both confident and comfortable. I invite you to visit my website,  ShortStoryScribe.com and/or Amazon Author Page,

 if you are so inclined please purchase a copy and leave a review.

Thank you,

Joe


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  1. Much could be said about what separates erotica from pornography. Very simply put, I would say that porn stimulates the individual via the senses of sight, sound and touch; whereas erotica is more cerebral, stimulating the individual through thought induced by the written word, working on the reader’s imagination.

    Also, with erotica, there is empathy between the reader and the subjects in the story. Through character development, he/she can live out the emotions of each in the story vicariously, ultimately making for a much more gratifying experience.

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