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So what really is the difference between porn and erotica?

2 Apr

I’m talking about writing, by the way, not those funny pictures of unlikely people doing unusual things to each other, with props.

No, I’m trying to figure out what elevates erotica from the status of pornography. I’m not the first to have done this. There is a prevailing view among erotica authors that what we do is not porn. I like to think so too. But when I try to put my finger on the thing that makes it that way, I can’t quite manage it. I’m hoping that by the time I get to the end of this post, I’ll have figured it out.

More talk about smut but not actual smut through here

My latest thrill: Remittance Girl

21 Feb

Over at Remittance Girl an interesting discussion has broken out about the lack of female-focused porn. RG is advocating #ladypornday on Twitter, challenging anyone who can to find an erect penis on the Internet that is not directed at a gay man.

And you know what? It’s damn hard. To find. Because most netcockz are distinctly flaccid creatures, unless another man is involved. There’s nothing wrong with gay porn in my view and actually I think it can be quite stimulating. It’s stimulating on a voyeuristic level, and also there’s something about two men which appeals to my kinky side.

But RG is absolutely right that it’s not the same as knowing that you are the cause of the blood engorgement, or rather that the turned-on cock is directed at you or someone like you.

Personally I find reading and writing erotica more fulfilling than porn, but that’s not to say I’m not curious how #LadyPornDay works out. I’m looking forward to finding out if anyone finds anything. Not that I’ll be looking myself, you understand. Oh no.