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Eroticism vs. Pornography

Sexual therapist Miriam Baker takes a brief look at the major differences between eroticism and pornography.  Do you know the difference; practice the difference?  Did you read "50 Shades of Gray," and think, "aha, I've got this down."   How connected are you to your internal senses?


Is there a difference?

This is the question complicating sexuality in our culture.

They are two distinct entities and yes, it matters.

Eroticism is based on the word EROS, which means desire.

Pornography is from the word PORNEIA, which means fornication.

Eroticism is focused on emotions and feelings that are connected to sexual desire.

Pornography involves depiction of sex with the intent to arouse graphically.

 

Why do we confuse Eros and Porneia?

The boundaries in our culture have become blurred because the proliferation of pornography in the culture is disconnected from eroticism.

 

If you have been raised on pornography you can fall into a crisis when it’s time to function sexually with a real and live human being.

Nature has been interrupted.

These images of porneia have re-wired the sexual brain over time.

 

Who you are as a sexual person, what your Eros is about may become difficult for you to distinguish.

 

Eros is about your connection to yourself; your instincts and your internal voice.