In the third lecture the differences between pornography and erotica was a main question. So what is the difference really?
If you get down into the nitty gritty, I don’t believe there will ever be a clear cut answer to that if for no other reason than this is such a heated topic for people to discuss. I personally seem to find most things on the erotic side of the argument. And having the actual term pornography used for the movies, such as a Vivid film, or magazines like Penthouse and Hustler.
People found the Calvin Klein ad with the male model reclined in nothing but his underwear and a vest to be pornographic because it was un-objectively sexual in an over the top manner. And while it was, I don’t believe it should be lumped into that category because nothing sexual was actually going on in the picture. The same goes with the children advertising the underwear. I can see where people might find the image to be in poor taste, but I honestly don’t believe it was promoting child pornography in the slightest way.
Basically in the end, this debate will never end. There are just too many people with opposing views. Pornography won’t be going away while there is an audience around willing to pay for it, and as long as the type of pornography that that audience wants is legal I personally see a problem with it.