What’s the difference between erotica and porn?

When we hear the words erotica and porn, the first thing that comes to mind is sex. More often than not, erotica and porn are associated with each other, and topics about each one seem to have the same meaning. But the fact is, erotica and porn are two different things, though there is a thin line between the two. Erotica can be associated with porn in the pornographic film industry, but pornography will never be turned into erotica. It is imperative to know the distinction between the two, and learn the fine line that distinguishes one from the other.

Erotica

Erotica is art that is all about the subject portrayed in a sensual manner for the purpose of stimulating the sexual arousal of the audience. It has substance, a sexual interpretation that tells a story behind the vision. Erotica can be found in the form of sculpture, painting, music, film, and drama. The person behind any erotic presentation focuses on the subject, on the beauty that the art master can see beyond the obvious attractive body. Erotica is an expression of the inner desires, and when viewed, it wakes the deepest desires and arouses more than the body, but also moves the mind.

Pornography

Porn is the representation of sexual act with the sole purpose of arousing the body to engage in sexual act, whether with a partner or through masturbation. The pornography industry extends to magazines, books, sculpture, painting, postcards, sound recording, films, phone calls, photographs, animation, drawing, video, writing, and video games. Porn is all about the sexual act, the explicit display of sexuality, and the gratification of the physical aspect, without leaving much room for artistic conveyance. Though porn is a form of art, the lack of emotions in pornography greatly differs from erotica in general.

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