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There seems to be quite a bit of dispute on DeviantArt over the differences between the three artistic genres mentioned in this article's title. Some think Whatever by So-And-So is a nude, while others insist it's porn, while more still think it's erotica, and a few think it's all three. Well, I did a bit of research, and I'm here to tell everyone who's reading this that these three are, in fact, different categories of art. How, you ask? Let's take a look.
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1. Artistic Nudes
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"Nudity in art has generally reflected — with some exceptions — social standards of aesthetics and morality of their time in painting, sculpture and more recently in photography." (wikipedia.org)
"A type of photo in which a model appears to be nude or partially nude, where the intent of the image is artistic expression (as opposed to marketing, viewer arousal, etc.). Not exclusive of other photo types (eg, a photo could be artistically erotic)." (just-stuart.com)
"Artistic nudity is a form of nudity that is intended to showcase the body as art. Artistic nudes are tylically suitable for framing and exhibition." (eleganteye.com)
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The above quotes describe this legitimate artistic genre. The last quote states the key factor that differentiates Artistic Nudity from the other two genres: Artistic Nudity is intended to depict the body as a work of art, and also sometimes to display the artist's skill in anatomical accuracy or study. Its purpose is never to arouse or excite, therefore one can infer that photographic Nudes would never be digitally edited to look particularly appealing.

Artistic Nudes, unlike Erotica and Pornography, are usually appropriate to display in such places as a high-school art class or public museum. Online, they would most likely not be labeled as "NSFW."


2. Erotica
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"Eroticism is an aesthetic focus on sexual desire, especially the feelings of anticipation of sexual activity. It is not only the state of arousal and anticipation, but also the attempt through various means to incite those feelings." (wikipedia.org)
"A work featuring love and sex between characters, but not considered pornographic." (public.clunet.edu)
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Like Nudity, Erotica is a legitimate artistic genre, focusing on actual aesthetic technicalities. However, unlike Nudes, Erotica is intended to portray and induce feelings related to sexual desire, thereby treating sexual desire as an "emotion." A work of Erotica is really no different from a particularly happy-, sad-, or angry-looking piece; the difference is just what emotion is being portrayed.

Erotica would not be appropriate in an educational setting, but may be okay for a particular wing of a museum. Online, it would probably be considered NSFW.


3. Pornography
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"Pornography or porn is the portrayal of explicit sexual subject matter for the purposes of sexual excitement and erotic satisfaction." (wikipedia.org)
"A work featuring graphic/explicit sex between characters." (public.clunet.edu)
"...sometimes shortened to porn or porno, is, in its broadest state, the explicit representation of the human body or sexual activity with the goal of sexual arousal and/or sexual relief."(blogs.sfweekly.com)
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Pornography is not an actual artistic genre or movement. It's the technical term for, in laymen's terms, "generic fapping material." It may or may not posses any actual artistic merit, and if it does, the skill isn't what's being focused on. In photographic Pornography, photo-editing software is often used religiously so as to enhance the subjects to the peak of sexiness. Fetish-art falls under the category of porn, as does hentai.
Pornography is never appropriate to show anywhere in public (except perhaps at certain enthusiast-conventions) and is always marked as NSFW online.

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Now that you know the differences between these not-so-similar categories, you can judge for yourself whether or not that one questionable picture you've been pondering is really a work of art. You can find examples of each of these genres in the Artist's Comments. Thanks for reading!
Because I'm sick of people getting obvious porn past the DA filter simply by saying it's artistic. THERE ARE DIFFERENCES, PEOPLE.

Anyway, examples, like I promised. All art belongs to respective owners, NOT me:

Artistic Nudes:[link] , [link] , [link]
Erotica: [link] , [link] , [link]
Pornography: [link] , [link] , [link]

TO CLARIFY: The above links are there solely for the purpose of example and explanation. I'm not just some stupid kid saying "liek OMG u gais look its bewbies lol."

Please let me know if this needs a mature content filter, and I will gladly put it on there.
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:iconmaugryph:
maugryph Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
very well written and well thought explanation.
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LivB08 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don`t mind erotic drawings or paintings. It`s the slutty DA whores I can`t stand!

Not so long ago on the front page I found some really disturbing nude pictures. The title was "Is this cum I see?" or something.. She was sitting all naked on the bed spreading her legs. And on the bed sheets was something that looked like mustard colored baby poop :o (Eek) 

Mustard baby poop coming out of the vag :ew: Seriously, what is wrong with people?!!
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JulzandFish Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Agreed. Thanks for posting.
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crshh Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
:iconyesyesyesplz:
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CountTesSVampiRellA Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist
I agree with you . It is very sad that deviant has lost so much quality. In addition, and this is the worst, often these artists do not put the filter that warns if it´s an inappropriate content. Keep in mind that there are users of different ages and the filter is necessary. And for those who want to see or upload pornography I will give a "news": there are many porn sites on the Internet (much much porn) :iconayfkmplz:.
NUDES: :iconokplz:
EROTIC: :iconokplz:
PORN: :icongetoutplz:
This is a community of artists of different levels but everything has a limit.

I want to write a journal on this subject, can I put a link to your reference?
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PrincessAirionna565 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Lol, I love your plz emotes. <3333 And much agreed about the filters. Though I have a feeling they refrain from putting those filters up so that more people will see their art, be it little kids or 40-year-olds. DX

Of course you can! Link away! And give me a link to the journal, I'd love to see!
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CountTesSVampiRellA Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist
sure ^^ i'll let you know when I finish
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Blitzkriegoperative Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Nothing
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PrincessAirionna565 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
... Excuse me?
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JulietsPuppY Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU WIN THE INTERNET.

Beautiful explanation.

You did good research on this one,
I wish this was included in the daily deviations, because explains the blurry imaging of Artistic Nudity, Erotica, and Pornography.

You're so mature, unlike most deviants, who carelessly just picture their "you know what" then call it "art"

Very nice, oh yeah, you forgot to add that Artistic Nudity has to have taste, but of course, that depends on people's decisions if the art has taste or not.
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