• printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings.
mid 19th century: from Greek pornographos 'writing about prostitutes', from pornē 'prostitute' + graphein 'write'
Okay that probably does not include Rodin sculptures. Could the newspaper correspondent writing about prostitution on city streets be a pornographer?
“She stood behind the drapes, waiting, watching would Karlos drive up in his shiny BMW. Catherine was breathless, she could imagine Karlos’ long strides up to her flat’s door. Her knees trembled as she remembered Karlos’ last embrace….”
Could that be pornography? Not necessarily what we have been trained to think perhaps but well within the definition.
Romantic Fantasies, read by billions of women, married and otherwise. Day time soap operas supposedly viewed by millions: fantasies for women. Is not the woman lusting after a fantasy?
We have allotted pornography as an evil committed by males, we have forgotten or uncomfortably ignore women’s fantasies: it probably boils down to lust.