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Eroticism is the quality of sexual excitement

Erotic & Eroticism


What issues make a person to feel erotically aroused?

Is eroticism sophisticated porno or is it something much more than that?

 

INTRO

The surge of mainstream erotica in its various forms continues to capture our eyes and imagination in a way that no other medium has been able to accomplish.

There are number of associations and interpretations of erotic and eroticism. The surge of mainstream erotica in its various forms continues to capture our eyes and imagination in a way that no other medium has been able to accomplish. The themes of love and sensuality arouse our deepest emotions and inflame our wildest desires.

Associations and comparisons of the term usually go along with a portrayal of the human anatomy and sexuality with high-art aspirations. Number of art pieces including literature, photography, film, sculpture and paintings that deal substantively with erotically stimulating or sexually arousing descriptions, are considered erotic art.

Erotic and several other related terms as drive, love, desire, longing, pleasure, lust, sexuality will be closely touched in this article.

EROTIC & EROTICISM

Eroticism is the quality of sexual excitement.

Mainstream erotica arouses the senses and captures feelings of sexuality. In other words, if something is sexually exciting, then it is said to be erotic.

What issues make a person to feel erotically (sexually) aroused? Erotic feelings can be elicited through visual portrayals such as in film, photography, literature or painting as well as through hearing particular music or dialogue. But each medium is capable of touching all of our senses simultaneously. The eyes, in particular are considered to be the keys to sexual attraction as our sight is the window to the soul.

Early definitions of the term Eroticism attempted to conceive it as form of sensual or romantic love, personified in Eros, the Greek God of Love. In the Platonic ordered system of ideal forms, Eros corresponds to the people’s yearning for ideal beauty. Eros is the harmonious unification of the two sexes, not only between the bodies, but also between knowledge and pleasure. Eros takes an almost transcendent manifestation when the person seeks to go beyond it and form a communion with the other.

THE VITALITY OF EROS!

Most popular erotic motives

Nudities

Artists have been making art about sex for centuries. Images have always been credited with a greater power to provoke and disturb than the written word.

There seem to me to be at least three different kinds of erotic visual (pictorial) art, reflecting three different intentions or purposes:

1. to cause sexual arousal; 2. to capture some element or aspect of sexuality or erotic excitement; 3. or to express in pictorial form sexuality of human encountering. Of course, one work may incorporate all three of these features; a picture may be arousing, may capture some essential aspect of sex, and may present artistic insight.

Eroticism in film industry

Movies have constantly pushed at the boundaries of sexual representation, outraging censors, transgressing taboos and opening up formerly forbidden realms of sensual pleasure. Whether through fantasy or dark desire, films have challenged who we are as sexual beings.

Through sensual themes in mainstream films we can experience sexual content and explore our fantasies as part of the exhilarating adventure of sexuality in our own lives.

Top 10 Erotic Thrillers

1- Eyes Wide Shut

2- Last Tango in Paris

3- In The Realm of Senses

4- Crash

5- Kama Sutra - A Tale of Love

6- Intimacy

7- 9 ½ Weeks

8- Basic Instinct

9- Emmanuelle

10- Fatal Attraction

 

Eroticism in music industry

One of the biggest usages of the erotic and sexual aspect of human being is through music industry. Erotica, Madonna’s bestselling album in the nineteen’s is a successful combination of romance, sensuality, and eroticism.

Today, commercial music industry draws these attributes into perfectly produced music products.

Erotic literature

Erotic literature is a literary genre that either takes the form of erotica written to arouse the reader, or to give instruction in sexual technique. ( Makaja, Aba Aziz:
"Eros & Logos - The Book for Saints and Sinners"). Also, we come across sex manuals such as the Kama Sutra. From around the late 1970s many sex manuals have been published and openly sold in the western world.

Classic erotic literature is of novel length, although there are also erotic short stories. Poetry has been classed as erotic poetry too. Erotic fiction is the name given to fiction that deals with sex or sexual themes, generally in a more or serious way than the fiction seen in pornographic magazines, and sometimes including elements of satire or social criticism. Such works have frequently banned by the authorities.

Erotic literature for women has seen explosive growth over the last two years. Publishers report that women’s erotica novels consistently sell well.

EROTICA V.S PORNO

Eroticism is more artistic than pornography in capturing the beauty, shape and form of the human body and its deeper portrayal of our emotions, lust and desire.

Today the usage and understanding of the terms Erotic and Eroticism are completely dependent upon the viewer’s cultural background and personal taste. For instance, during my teen ages, Erotica was the title of the first adult magazine that I have come into touch. The magazine was full of naked female and masculine bodies, showing all the qualities of beautiful human body in a “shameless” way. So Erotica rests in my memory as a term of pornography. But it is not quite true that erotica and eroticism are connected with pornography.

Pertaining to what exactly defines the Erotic, critics have often mixed Eroticism with Pornography, as to say: “Eroticism is simply high-class pornography; better produced, better conceived, better executed, better packaged, designed for a better class of consumer.”

There are several issues that distinguish good quality eroticism from pornography. Eroticism is generally less sexually explicit still remaining sexually arousing to the viewer. Eroticism is more artistic than pornography in capturing the beauty, shape and form of the human body and its deeper portrayal of our emotions, lust and desire. Good erotic art portrays good healthy sexuality and sex; which is joyful, exciting, intimate, interesting and pleasurable.

Erotic and eroticism are part of high quality art pieces for centuries, and it is more a confusion drawn in today time about specifying right usage of the terms. It can be said that “the history of the separation of pornography from eroticism remains to be written”.

PORNO MADE FOR WOMEN

Women were not acknowledged as a potential audience by pornographic filmmakers until 1985 when first adult movie for women, Femme, was created.

Former adult star Candida Royalle created her first adult movie for women, Femme. The movie featured explicit sex but focused on the woman’s pleasure and refused to include “pop shots” (external ejaculation scenes). Since then she has made 16 adult films for women. In April 2007 she launched a new line of films, Femme Chocolat, which depicts the sexual fantasies of black women.

For many years Candida Royalle was the sole producer of erotic films for women. In the 21st century a number of other women have stepped in and created their own vision of women’s erotica. These include:

• Swedish director Jessica Nilsson, who made the award-winning feature film All About Anna (2005) for Lars von Trier’s Zentropa.

• Danish director Lisbeth Lynghøft, who made the Venus Award-winning feature film Pink Prison (1999) for Lars von Trier’s Zentropa.

• Independent filmmaker Estelle Joseph, who used her own money to fund the City of Flesh series, set in New York.

• UK based director and producer Petra Joy who created such films as Sexual Sushi (2006), Female Fantasies (2007) and Feeling It! Not Faking It (2008), as well as editing the anthology DVD Her Porn (2009).

• Swedish filmmaker Erika Lust whose short film The Good Girl (2004) was included in her feature film Five Hot Stories for Her (2006).

• Nina Lennox, who has produced the Impulse line of films. These focus mainly on good looking male talent.

• Adult star Tina Tyler, who has created a line of male masturbation films for women.

• Longtime adult producer Kelly Holland, who runs an adult company called Chick Media and produces films for women.

• In 2006 Playgirl in partnership with adult company Wicked produced and released their own line of adult films for women.