March 24, 2013
Go on. What does the word mean for you? Is it tinged with something dark? Does it live at a higher level than smut? Or porn?
The Free Dictionary defines erotica as "literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire." And "literature or art dealing with sexual love."
I can live with that.
But Dictionary 3.0 states: "creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate desire (syn. pornography, porno, porn, smut)."
I like smut. I mean, I ran The Smut Marathon. I have no problem with that word. Or any of the words above. (Do you remember when I asked people to send me pictures of their porn?) It's the "no literary or artistic value" part that's slipping under my skin.