For some reason I've been thinking of this all day off and on. What makes it porn?
For a while I was thinking that one thing all porn has in common is that it is commercially developed as a tool of arousal.
But, taking a step backwards ... if it informs, entertains, inspires, it's art or (not)porn.
If it arouses, it's porn.
And I don't think there can be a clear line between porn and (not)porn.
Porn is probably a word that was derogatorily used by some anal retentive sexually repressed religious nut, and the word I should have used is "eroticism" in my definition, and neither in my opinion is a negative word or a negative response.
I couldn't think of anything witty to say so I left this blank.
Here's an example of an image that in its day was considered borderline pornographic (the Catholic Cardinal who commissioned it kept it hidden behind a velvet curtain in his Roman Palazzo). Today it is considered part of the Canon of western art, much like Michelangelo's David. Yet you can't call it porn, because it has so many other points of reference beyond the sexual suggestion. There are the referents to classical mythology (Cupid, with his wings and bow), the contemporary symbols of musical instruments with their allusion to performance and education as well as seduction...and the masterful, even revolutionary, understanding of light and shadow, and how to capture them on canvas.
Is he planning on putting that violin bow up his....
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Just to make it clear, the respondents stated specifically that the statue was pornographic. They were not asked questions about a criteria, and the statue met that criteria. They directly stated that "Michelangelo's David is pornographic" Yes, simply amazing, but Utah is a little behind the midwest. In illustration, most recently an Auguste Rodin exhibit was allowed, but the work was draped. I find that attitude far more revolting than pornography.
So .... there was a cloth covered statue - and you couldn't see the statue ...?
Was there a "R. Mutt" signature on the cloth somewhere ... ?
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