Sunday, November 20, 2005

Smut By Any Other Name

Words are powerful things. As a reader, as a lover of language (oral and written), I am moved by words.

And erotic words are no exception.

Erotica can move me to shake, squirm, whimper, gush, gasp, quake, transcend, writhe, moisten, weep, glow, scream, twist, cry, grunt, spew, bend, stretch, laugh, release, sigh, contort, conquer, moan, arch, weep, mount, beg, ride, giggle, submit, grind, flush, spurt, whine, covet, pout, caress, buck, squeal... Or masturbate to these ends.

However, in order to begin any writings on erotica, I must begin with the proper use of words. Words being "a sound or a combination of sounds, or its representation in writing or printing, that symbolizes and communicates a meaning and may consist of a single morpheme or of a combination of morphemes." are only serving their purpose well if the representation or meaning is agreed upon. To that end, I'd like to be clear on my definition of "erotica" and "the erotic."

While some feel that erotic works are limited to "literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire" I find these creations anything but limiting. Being female, I find the skillful arrangement of words anything but limiting.

As a human, I find arousal and it's sweet release the opposite of limiting; it is limitless.

Those who dismiss erotica as "of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire" must somehow feel orgasm constraining. To this, I can neither agree, nor relate. There is proof of pleasure; even science shows us endorphins. And I'd rather get my free high from my genitals than a run.

But I digress.

To truly agree on definitions of erotica, and specifically written erotic works, one invariably turns to the comparison, the semantic debate, or "Erotica Vs. Pornography."

My definition of erotica, in as much as you will need for this blog, is:

Exhilaration and euphoria achieved through the skillful application of words in well crafted sexual stories.

For additional reading on the discussion of erotica & porn, please read:

What Is Erotica?
Is there a difference between erotica and pornography?
Writing Erotica: Lesson 1: What is Erotica?
The Erotic vs. The Pornographic
Erotica vs Porn

For further reading on the power of erotica, please read:

Lesbian Erotica Without Apology: The Erotic As Power

0 Comments:

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home