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"Porn" redirects here. For other uses, see Porn (disambiguation). "Sexually explicit" redirects here. For non-pornographic sexually explicit media, see erotica.
Pornography (often abbreviated as "porn" or "porno" in informal usage) (Greek: πορνεία, porneia, fornication) is the explicit portrayal of sexual subject matter for the purpose of sexual arousal. Pornography may use a variety of media, including books, magazines, postcards, photos, sculpture, drawing, painting, animation, sound recording, film, video, and video games. The term applies to the depiction of the act rather than the act itself, and so does not include live exhibitions like sex shows and striptease. A pornographic model poses for still photographs. A pornographic actoror porn star performs in pornographic films. If dramatic skills are not involved, a performer in porn films may be also be called a model. Pornography is often distinguished from erotica, which consists of the portrayal of sexuality with high-art aspirations, focusing also on feelings and emotions, while pornography involves the depiction of acts in a sensational manner, with the entire focus on the physical act, so as to arouse quick intense reactions. Pornography is generally classified as either softcore orhardcore pornography. A pornographic work is characterized as hardcore if it has any hardcore content, no matter how small. Softcore pornography generally contains nudity or partial nudity in sexually suggestive situations, but not explicit sexual activity, sexual penetration or "extreme" fetishism. Hardcore pornography contains graphic sexual activity and visible penetration. Pornography has often been subject to censorship and legal restraints to publication on grounds of obscenity. Such grounds and even the definition of pornography have differed in various historical, cultural, and national contexts. With the emergence of social attitudes more tolerant of sexuality and more specific legal definitions of obscenity, an industry for the production andconsumption of pornography arose in the latter half of the 20th century. The introduction of home video and the Internet saw booms in a worldwide porn industry that generates billions of dollars annually. Contents
2.1 Non-commercial pornography
3.1 Computer-generated images and manipulations
3.2 3D pornography
4 Production and distribution by region
5 Legal status
5.1 Copyright status
10 Objections to pornography
10.1 Feminist objections
10.2 Legal objections
10.3 Religious objections
11 See also
13 Further reading
13.3 Neutral or mixed
14 External links
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Former hardcore porn star Penny Flamein a cheesecake image (no penetration, genitals not visible, no nudity, but implicitly sexually suggestive content) Generally, softcore is pornography that does not depict penetration (usually, genitals are not shown on camera), while hardcore is pornography that contains explicit penetration. Pornography is classified according to the physical characteristics of the participants, fetish, sexual orientation, etc., as well as the types of sexual activity featured. Reality and voyeur pornography, animated videos, and legally prohibited acts also influence the classification of pornography. The genres of pornography are based on the type of activity featured and the category of participants, such as: Alt porn
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Carse, A., 1995, "Pornography: An Uncivil Liberty?", Hypatia10(1): 155-182. An argument for approaches to end harm to women caused by pornography.
Hill, J. 1987, "Pornography and Degradation", Hypatia 2: 39-54. A critique of the pornographic industry within a Kantianethical framework.
Michael Kimmel. "Men Confront Pornography". New York: Meridian—Random House, 1990. A variety of essays that try to assess ways that pornography may take advantage of men.
Secondary Negative Effects on Employees of the Pornographic Industry, by Shelley Lubben
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