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Erotica is any work of art which depicts or suggests sexual content by erotically stimulating or arousing descriptions. The term is derived from Eros, the Greek word for love.

Erotica vs. pornography[edit]

The term "erotica" tends to have a more favorable connotation than "pornography". Some people use "erotica" to suggest a work in which greater literary skill, character analysis, and the like are displayed than in works labeled as "pornography". However, most erotica looks to stimulate sexual arousal or feelings on the part of the reader or viewer, and all erotica works because of the interest that humans have generally in sexual subjects. In this regard, erotica is not unlike pornography.

Works of erotic literature are also sometimes called curiosa.



Pornography is a term for a work of erotica that someone is trying to supress.
  — unknown
The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting.
  — Gloria Leonard

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