[LINK] why calm, rational thought is required....
kheitman at kheitman.com
Tue Feb 13 21:53:07 EST 2007
>> Actually the definition of "pornography" means anything that offends a
>> person. It doesn't have to be sexual in nature
>Actually the definition of "pornography" is whatever the community
>mean by "pornography". And that doesn't include things that the community
>currently *doesn't* mean by "pornography"
>Definitions aren't absolutes, nor is there an Oxford-dictatorship of words.
>Current usage is what matters, and in current usage "pornography" means
>with donkey, and two men ... , and you all know exactly what I mean without
>needing me to spell it out.
>Which precisely illustrates my point.
>It doesn't mean cricket matches on TV.
I'm not sure that there's a community consensus that "pornography" means
illegal stuff, or even adults-only stuff. With the modifier "soft-core", or
when spoken with a puritanical flourish, it can refer to anything that
conceivably excites the prurient interest.
Perhaps it's in the reaction of the beholder - if they just watch, it's
While for professional reasons it would suit me for the term "pornography"
to refer only to illegal material, I suspect it's one of those irregular
"I look at erotica"
"You look at pornography"
"They commit an indictable offence"
Kimberley James Heitman
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