Originally Posted by MisterNatural
IMHO: We don't (under 'normal' circumstances) go out of our way to step in a mud puddle, nor do we seek to pay admission to a movie that offends our sensibilities or sensitivities.
The same applies to the written word.
Don't like the subject/genre? Don't read it.
Don't want family members sorting through erotica to find your own posted literary pearl? Send them a copy of your work so they don't go near potentially offensive material.
Not only is the highly subjective term 'erotica' a catch-all for sexual subject matter, but it's simply a polite term for porn. Bottom line: One person's <gasp!> 'Story of O' is another person's fairy tale (no innuendo intended).
In this case, censorship itself is where the obscenity lies, not in the subject matter. Just keep it away from impressionable kids' lines of sight (as best you can).
People ought not seek to limit others' horizons in this area, with their own self-imposed limits.
Jack and Jill went up the hill. I wonder what the back-story was.
Erotica is not another word for porn. Both porn and erotica serve to stimulate sexual desire, but in the case of erotica, it is done legally and usually with taste. Porn is crude and generally more gynecological than artistic in nature. You will find erotic images on public display in many well known museums, but you won't find porn there.