There seems to be some confusion about what exactly constitutes “erotic art” or “erotic nude art”. This article describes what erotic art is in my mind. If you are of another opinion, great, I welcome your thoughts in the comments below.
The lines these days are blurred between erotic art vs porn. This I actually view as a good thing. It’s a good thing because what is happening is we now have (due to the internet) such a huge variety of both erotic art and pornographic material that I feel like our comfort levels with sensual and erotic material is rising, and I think that’s great. The fact is, we are a sexually repressed society, and we need to find a way out of this repression. The way out is to increase our comfort levels with what is considered erotic or even pornographic material.
Some may argue against porn being a good thing to be comfortable with. Well that depends on how you view porn in the first place. If porn for you is something which is degrading or derogatory or defaming of others, then no that isn’t what I’m referring to. What I have in mind when I think of porn is simply explicit pictures or videos of consensual sexual acts. And by the way, what I think of as being “erotic” is that which is arousing or suggestive of sexual acts or behavior.
Some drawings, paintings or photos can be seen as both erotic art and pornography. There could be a depiction of a sexual act which I wouldn’t quite call porn but instead call it erotic. The point here is about the way in which the lines have become blurred, and how it’s ultimately a good thing. We need to move on past our sexual repression and shame and learn to embrace our sexuality and our sensuality.
So to answer the question, what is erotic art.. Erotic Art is defined for me as artwork (drawing/painting, photography, or videography) which is suggestive of sexual acts or behavior. Sometimes it can be explicit or graphic and sometimes it is less explicit. The more explicit the more it leans towards porn, in my opinion.
And there you have it – do you agree or disagree? I would love to hear your thoughts!