Erotic realism  

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Erotic realism is a concept first put forward in 1959 in Pornography and the law: The psychology of erotic realism and pornography by Phyllis and Eberhard Kronhausen. The concept sought to delineate the difference between erotica and pornography.

The Kronhausen definition reads as follows:

"In pornography (hard core obscenity) the main purpose is to stimulate erotic response in the reader. And that is all. In erotic realism, truthful description of the basic realities of life, as the individual experiences it, is of the essence, even if such portrayals (whether by reason of humor, or revulsion, or any other cause) have a decidedly anti-erotic effect. But by the same token, if, while writing realistically on the subject of sex, the author succeeds in moving his reader, this too, is erotic realism, and it is axiomatic that the reader should respond erotically to such writing, just as the sensitive reader will respond, perhaps by actually crying, to a sad scene, or by laughing when laughter is evoked." (Kronhausen, Pornography and the Law (1959) p. 18.) (italics in original)




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