Re: Porn, or Erotica?
Wed, 8 Sep 1999 07:07:35 EDT

"Shopping, however, is done by both, but for very different items. Men buy
computer items and pornography, whereas women buy greeting cards and music."

Yeah, but we buy EROTIC greeting cards and music.

Mars and Venus Surf the Web
Men and women use the Internet very differently, according to a new study by
PC Data.


(can't wait to see what Herr Dufus does with Harry Wolhandler and Sean Wargo)

In a message dated 9/7/99 11:43:07 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< > -----Original Message-----
> From: Roy T. Fielding [mailto:fielding@kiwi.ICS.UCI.EDU]
> Of course, if you want a more realistic definition than the abstract
> interpretations of linguists,...

Actually, the definitions you quoted are no more abstract than necessary and
are admirably realistic; that is, reflective of the actual usage of these
words (unlike the absurd and prejudiced characterization from the "ethics

Check the definitions again (**'s and [...] mine):

From EB's Webster Online dictionary:


1 : the depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures or writing)
**intended to cause sexual excitement**
2 : material (as books or a photograph) that depicts erotic
behavior and is **intended to cause sexual excitement**
3 : the depiction of acts in a sensational manner so as to **arouse a
quick intense emotional reaction**[ie, provoke a reaction analagous to
sexual arousal] <the pornography of violence>


1 : literary or artistic works **having an erotic theme or quality**
2 : depictions **of things erotic**

The difference -- and, as you note, it doesn't preclude overlap -- is that
one term identifies a type of tool, and the other a class of art/popculture