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    Quote Originally Posted by dmr View Post
    Not to start a war of the sexes here, I would like to speak freely.

    I do think this is also a question of semantics, as there are many perceptions of what is pornography and what is not pornography.

    There is erotic art, and then there is porn.

    Erotic art captures the intimacy of certain human experiences.

    Porn (the way I define the term) does not.

    I have a feeling you are talking about serious and legitimate erotic art and not what I and many others call pornography.

    The material I would call pornography, and yes, I've seen it, I'm a big girl and I've been around the block by myself, is crude and patently offensive -- that which triggers part of the "Miller Test" that we studied in Media Law.

    Speaking very freely, much of what I would call pornography is incredibly crude and demeaning. It's obviously produced by men, for men, for the purpose of arousal, period. There is no intimate artistry in this type of production. I'm sure everybody knows exactly what type of material I am referring to. (It's obvious that the producers of some of what I have seen have no {f-bomb}ing clue, pun intended, as to what intimacy really is.)

    Oh well, enough ranting. I really think we're on the same page as far as being able to appreciate erotic art. I think the hang-up is in defining what porn is, and I would say that if it has true artistic merit, it is not porn.
    Glad you spoke up. Usually I'm the lone female voicing an opinion. I agree with you 100%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmr View Post
    The material I would call pornography, and yes, I've seen it, I'm a big girl and I've been around the block by myself, is crude and patently offensive -- that which triggers part of the "Miller Test" that we studied in Media Law.
    What is the "Miller Test" - I never studied Media Law ...


    Speaking very freely, much of what I would call pornography is incredibly crude and demeaning. It's obviously produced by men, for men, for the purpose of arousal, period.
    I think that sums it up pretty much. It is the depiction of a fantasy world that does not exist - and should not. But apparently given the amount of Spam I get on a daily basis sells pretty well.

    (It's obvious that the producers of some of what I have seen have no {f-bomb}ing clue, pun intended, as to what intimacy really is.)
    Or have no interest in presenting it in their productions.

    Oh well, enough ranting. I really think we're on the same page as far as being able to appreciate erotic art. I think the hang-up is in defining what porn is, and I would say that if it has true artistic merit, it is not porn.
    I would agree - but there are millions of people who would not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bromo33333 View Post
    Pornography: Anything involving partial or full exposure of primary or the main part of secondary sexual organs under any context, or anything involving sexual acts (i.e. involving primary or secondary sexual organs, or WOULD involve them if you could make it out in the picture, statue or film) of any kind (such as a love scene in a movie, though passionate kissing alone won't qualify since I think lips would be tertiary in this case). Also any sexuality of any kind depicted between non heterosexuals.

    Caveat: This is NOT an intellectual definition meant to be argued over between Coastal types and "Flyover" types - it is meant to fence off an area of human activity and label it, pat each other on the back, and get on with life. It won't (and doesn't) stand up to a lot of scrutiny, and as politicians in the Midwest don't want to be seen as mideval, will end up when pressed blustering out the typical "I know it when I see it" answers - even though I doubt they really believe Michelangelo's David is not porn.

    I think that ought to do it.
    I forgot to add that this is not MY definition of it, just how the region I grew up in treated that stuff.
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    This surprised me ... a national survey was taken of the Video Rental shops, by an association of porno movie producers, to determine WHO was renting their work... and the results surprised everyone: 56% were rented by WOMEN!!
    Carpe erratum!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bromo33333 View Post
    What is the "Miller Test" - I never studied Media Law ...
    IANAL, and it's been many years since I studied this. It was Miller vs. {mumble} which established the test for what was legally obscene and therefore not protected expression. It is (was?) a 3-part test.

    1. It must be patently offensive, in an of itself.

    2. It must appeal to the prurient interest. (Must be sexually oriented.)

    3. (This one is difficult to remember and from what I hear has been re-interpreted over and over.) When taken as a whole, it must lack artistic, literary, or political content. (Very unsure of wording here, I hope you get what I am trying to say.)

    But apparently given the amount of Spam I get on a daily basis sells pretty well.
    Porn is something for which there is seemingly an endless demand. If you have it, they will beat a path to your door and beg to buy it.

    Or have no interest in presenting it in their productions.
    True. Depictions of intimacy are not what the porn customers are after.

    I would agree - but there are millions of people who would not.
    I've lived in Flyover Country(tm) for the past 30 years. Although most of the people I associate with, in work, socially, etc., seem to have a good handle on mature topics, many do not.

    Unfortunately, I get the feeling that many of these customers of the porn producers (like customers of the "adult industry" as a whole) are those who vehemently disavow their interest in such things. Yes, we all know the type, and there are countless of them here in Flyover Country and on the coasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Sukach View Post
    This surprised me ... a national survey was taken of the Video Rental shops, by an association of porno movie producers, to determine WHO was renting their work... and the results surprised everyone: 56% were rented by WOMEN!!
    It could be that they want to watch it, or it could be because some of the men get their women folk to fetch it for them.

    I always remember as a youngster of about ten or so, watching a man ask his wife to go and buy his copy of playboy. He stood back looking embarrased as she went and bought it....

    I'm not saying they would necessarily be embarrassed about it, just that it's added to her shopping list....

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    Personally I don't find anything relating to the human body "porn". That is unless there are victims involved. Human beings are sexual creatures and nothing about the viewing of any aspect of it bothers me.

    Where there can be problems is not the act of taking the pictures, or the act of being photographed for the pictures of the act of viewing the pictures, but the problem of being addicted to looking at those pictures exclusively.

    So in my opinion there is nothing pornographic in the depiction of human beings involved in any aspect of their lives, unless they are victimizing someone.

    The people who do object to human sexuality and its depiction in any form or art (whatever that is) are usually people who have an unhealthy view of their own bodies. To some people nudity equals sexuality, and to them any form of sexuality is disturbing. The depiction of an erect penis (god, I just about fainted) has somehow in this culture become the equivalent "porn or dirty" when in reality it's good, it's fun and it's real handy to have around.

    What offends me is stupidity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Sukach View Post
    This surprised me ... a national survey was taken of the Video Rental shops, by an association of porno movie producers, to determine WHO was renting their work... and the results surprised everyone: 56% were rented by WOMEN!!
    I wonder if their business here in Missouri is as hot (pun intended) as in more sophisticated markets. I suspect it thrives, although local customers might not want to admit it.

    Pornography certainly can be art. Mapplethorpe comes to mind. Although he sometimes used photography to promote himself and his fetishes, it was fine photography. Ansel Adams sometimes used photography to promote conservation, and it was fine photography. It's not the subject matter, but how it is done, that makes the difference.

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    I believe it was Robert Bresson who opined that 'in the nude... that which is not beautiful is pornographic' which works for me.

    I'll just make a personal observation here, to me most of what I see promoted as 'erotica' I read as 'deliberately dull porn.'

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    Hmmm. Artistic pornography. The 'Art' World sure thinks there is such. Some of Mapplethorpe's distressing stuff comes immediately to mind and where I would think a well-laid and well-lit male member on a table-top is just plain silly, others will rant porn where still others will rave artistic breakthrough - real proof that no matter what the experts (or we) say, 'art' is in the eye of the beholder, be he or her a priss or a debaucher. Very democratic actually. Me, I'm in the 'emotional' camp that some have mentioned.

    Genuine museum-level naked-art aside, 99.99% of so-called prurient images displayed in contemporary printed matter, art shows, internet forums and porn sites are shockingly mechanical to me - be they of a member on (or in) a table or of a naked lady on a rock (or something else). But once in a great while a picture has EMOTION AND CONTEXT, the subject (or subjects) BELONG in their surroundings, and everything is right ... and if supremely well-executed, it's art, and it's humanity, like everything else.

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