A Brief Definition of Pornography

Topics: Larry Flynt, Depictions of nudity, Sexual intercourse Pages: 3 (971 words) Published: April 29, 2001
A brief definition of Pornography
Pornography … a term that has been heavily contested in many courts across America. But what exactly is pornography? Is a nude painting of Adam and Eve pornography? If Anna Nicole Smith appears in Penthouse magazine in an erotic position, is that art? Most people can't see the art in nude sculpture, painting, or photography. Pornography is all in the presentation. Pornography is the use of any artistic media to simply evoke only sexual stimulation. Pornography is basically a blanket that covers all types of material such as explicit literature, photography, films, and videotapes with varying degrees of sexual content. So pornography is a very broad term. However, the key term sexual content needs to be defined. Sexual content is anything that evokes thoughts of eroticism and sexual stimulus. So this excludes art that has nude subject matter. Most art is not supposed to evoke feelings of eroticism. Art deals with the feelings of the artist and more commonly, social issues. On the other hand, if an artist takes a picture of a man having sex with a woman for the sake of taking a picture of a man having sex with a woman is pornography. A student at the University of Oklahoma painted a picture of a woman posed in an erotic position with her breasts exposed that was entitled "Porno Barbie". This painting is not pornography. The artist did not have sexual stimuli in mind when he painted this painting. This painting was painted with a social issue in mind. This issue was pornography it self. It dealt with society's perception of "The Perfect Woman". It states that our society needs to look at women as people, not pieces of meat. IT was painted as a parody on pornography and Barbie. Barbie is looked on by young girls and even middle-aged woman as a model of what women should look like. Most girls have owned a Barbie doll and many try their best to look like her. The painting was a visual model of what is wrong with society. If it...
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