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In 1964, supreme court justice Potter Stewart famously opined that he couldn't succeed in defining "hard-core pornography" before famously going on to add, "but I know it when I see it." The case in question was that of Jacobellis v. Ohio, in which the justices ultimately ruled against the state of Ohio's attempt to prohibit the screening… Continue reading What about politics and porn?
Romance and erotica sit on a spectrum, and both serve various purposes. Before we get to better understand these purposes, let’s begin by getting the definitions of both right. Erotica is about sex; it’s meant to either incite arousal and/or explore the nature of sex and sexuality. In erotic fiction, the use of sex to… Continue reading What is Erotica? How is it Different from Romance?