“The difference between erotica and pornography is lighting.”
Yikes! That is not my experience with erotica.
To me erotica is like the lotus flower – artistically pleasing and arousing… opening us up to beauty and light… evoking deep feelings of sensual love and romance.
In my opinion pornography focuses on the explicit physical act of sex… bordering on obscene… with no love, no honoring, no cherishing… and certainly not artistically arousing.
I LOVE Rabbi Shmuley’s view of erotica from his book The Kosher Sutra: 8 Sacred Secrets for Reigniting Desire and Restoring Passion for Life:
Eroticism is the thrilling desire to connect; to know, to explore, to penetrate, and to comprehend. When our lives are electrified by an erotic pulse, all existence becomes illuminated.
Susie Bright(a.k.a., Susie Sexpert) shares: “The very word ‘erotic’ implies superior value, fine art, an aesthetic which elevates the mind and incidentally stimulates the body.”
French novelist Honore de Balzac makes a good point, too: “eroticism is dependent not just upon an individual’s sexual morality, but the culture and timethat individual resides in as well.”
What does erotica mean to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts – feel free to share in the comment section below or tweet me @AndeLyons.
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