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Erotic vs Porn – What Is The Difference?

Take a good look at the picture I’ve added to this article. Do you consider it to be erotic or is it pornographic? What feelings does it invoke? Does it turn you on?
There is really only one answer. A lot of the items within this photo are things we associate with sex. The image is erotic and it’s designed to stimulate the sexual portion of your brain.

Let’s start where we should and that’s at the beginning. According to the experts:

Erotic |iˈrätik| adjective: of, relating to, or tending to arouse sexual desire or excitement.

Erotica |iˈrätikə| noun: literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire.
ORIGIN mid 19th century: from Greek erōtika, neuter plural of erōtikos (see erotic).

Erotically |-ik(ə)lē| adverb
ORIGIN mid 17th century: from French érotique, from Greek erōtikos, from erōs, erōt- ‘sexual love.’

Porn |pôrn| (also porno |ˈpôrnō|) informal noun:
1 pornography.
2 television programs, books, etc., regarded as catering to a voyeuristic or obsessive interest in a specified subject: a thrilling throwback to the golden age of disaster movies—weather porn of the highest order.
adjective: pornographic: a porn video.
ORIGIN 1950s: abbr.

Personally I prefer Wikipedia’s explanation: Pornography is the portrayal of explicit sexual subject matter for the purposes of sexual excitement and erotic satisfaction.
Okay, so what is the difference? According to the origins: Erotic hints at the sex or sexual content where pornography is blatant. Erotic can also create a state of sexual awareness. For instance erotic can be classified as a few dirty words in a book–a whisper in ones ear, a sensual smile, a light caress of the flesh, his swollen cock brushed my clit. Whatever it is, it’s only supposed to imply (mind you my last example was a tad obvious). It is meant to stimulate those erogenous zones by leaving a little to the imagination. And most erotic material is created via pen and paper. Erotic can be rated from one flame to five flames and Dante’s Inferno! You can get a lot or simply not! Today erotic does at times supply a conclusion but the nice thing is its rated for specific tastes.
Porn is a totally different beast. Porn has a specific conclusion. Yes it stimulates, but it’s bold and in your face. It doesn’t hide or hint. It’s explicit and meant to produce one outcome. It’s meant to bring the voyeur to a climax–whether physical or mental. There is no need for imagination here–what for when there’s bare sweaty flesh moving frantically in front of your eyes? And porn is never rated ‘sweet’ or ‘sensual’ –three flames with a suggestion of romance. Usually it’s rated R to X or triple X–in other words ‘Grab the fire extinguisher Betty, ‘cos I’m gonna blow!’
Where does an erotic author such as myself stand? Well here’s the nice thing about erotic literature, it gives me a license to do whatever the hell I want and the best part, I can give you any flame rating desired! I’ve watched porn and for me the excitement wears off in about oh three seconds. I prefer ‘descriptive video service’! LOL And yes, I want a plot! Porn is for those who don’t give a shit about the story and I hate to say this but own little to no imagination. Porn strictly provides visual stimuli. All right, I know, that wasn’t really fair of me. I guess if you need to see the human anatomy, to verify which body parts are which, so be it. As for me, erotic gets my vote every time!
Remember men are more visual creatures and women prefer less. Is that why more women pen and read erotica? I believe it’s safe to say, yes. I drool when I see a pair of sexy men going at it but I prefer to keep the image within the confines of my mind. There is a difference between erotic and porn, one is psychological and the other is physical. Which one gives you the biggest rush?

Blak Rayne
‘Taking erotic to a sinful new level…’
Copyright © Blak Rayne 2011

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Rawiya said...

What a post!

I so agree with everything that was said.

However, I do enjoy the m/m porn... *grins*

Lovely job as always!

Gem Sivad said...

Great post. Very interesting.


Cara Bristol said...

Thought-provoking post. And I agree with your points. As an erotic romance writer whose fiction sometimes borders on erotica, I certainly see a difference between erotica and porn, although I know many people who wouldn't. My mother has a neighbor who thinks the movie Chicago and the show Dancing with the Stars are "disgusting" because of the scantily clad women. The wife of one of my husband's friends thinks ESQUIRE magazine is pornographic (if she only knew about her husband's secret stash of REAL porn!).

And therein lies the problem with attempting to define erotica and porn. Who gets to decide what is what?

Savanna Kougar said...

Porn never does it for me. It's boring. I need real feeling and emotions. I need the story. The why. The where. The mood. I need the sheer beauty of sex and all the various expressions of eroticism. I don't need plastic like idiots going at it.

As for deciding, that's a personal matter which lies in the province of an individual who is a free sovereign. It's not a gov matter. IMO.

She said...

Erotica or porn is in the eye of the beholder. I prefer reading erotica. I can control the pictures in my mind--who the characters look like, what they are doing. Porn is someone else's fantasy. They choose the look and action of the characters, not me, Why do I want to see someone else's fantasy in porn (which to me is usually visual) when I can read an author's fantasy which becomes mine when I add my ideas/thoughts/pictures/emotions/experiences to that fantasy.

Blak Rayne Books said...

Thank you for all the wonderful comments and insight, ladies. I'm in total agreement. As I stated the erotic does it for me. Anyone can F@@@ in front of a camera but it takes real talent to write what your imagination can create! Thanks for the invite, Keta! I really enjoyed penning this article! xoxoxox

Jacqueline said...

How about "porn is what gets the Judge excited", and "erotica is porn with the lights turned low".

I agree that it is impossible to distinguish where the two overlap. Reading porn on the train might be tedious, but the same pages might drive you over the edge when you are tucked up in bed and someone is doing nice things to you.

I am interested in sexy stories that couples can read. After all, men and women make love together (most of the time), so it should be possible to write stories that turn both of them on.

Savanna Kougar said...

Jacqueline, I think there are erotic romance/erotica written that can be a turn on for both.

I've read where couples do read together. I don't have a list however. That would really depend on preferences.

William Kendall said...

Very well thought out post, Blak.

As to the picture? Definite erotica, not porn at all.

Blak Rayne Books said...

Thanks so much, William. And I totally agree.