Erotica and Pornography: A Clear and Present Difference  

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Erotica and Pornography: A Clear and Present Difference[1] (1978) is an essay by Gloria Steinem. It was anthologized in Dwyer 1995.


"Look at any photo or film of people making love, really making love. … there is usually sensuality and touch and warmth, an acceptance of bodies and nerve endings. … Now look at any depiction of sex in which there is clear force, or an unequal power that spells coercion. … The first is erotic: a mutually pleasurable, sexual expression between people who have enough power to be there by positive choice. … The second is pornographic: its message is violence, dominance, and conquest."

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