Sexually explicit content, books, movies, pictures, etc.
Nudity and sexually explicit content in books, movies, and images with no other purpose than to arouse a person sexually. Generally relating to highly descriptive content of various sexual acts between non related partners or groups.
Not to be confused with 'erotica' which is primarily the naked depiction in an art form, while 'pornography' deals more with the arousal aspect of nudity and sexual activity.
Visual depiction of nude subject, nude scenes, has been around for ages. However the classification of Pornography began in the Victorian Era, where highly suggestive depictions of nudity and sex, was determined to be beyond the ability of the common person to comprehend.
This followed the discovery of ancient carvings, statues, paintings from Ancient Pompeii Ruins in the 1860's. The vast collection unearthed shocked most, and helped create the first Pornography Laws. (Obscene Publications Act of 1857 in United Kingdom)
The ruling classes determined that such depictions, images, would corrupt the less educated in their society, and thus required these items be held in secret museums, hidden from public display, however select few could still view them.
In the past, there were objectionable material, that was also hidden but no comprehensive law prohibiting their display until the Victorian Era.
Most pornography deals with the performance of all types of sexual acts, clearly displayed in either video or photographic media. Also cartoon pornography exists, showing exaggerated sexual organs.
Depending on the country, pornography is generally illegal, or restricted in some manner by various laws. Globally the distinction is made on what is show, such as involving minors, extreme violence, and animals. Most also limit, as in Victorian Times, who can view such material, generally referring to minors.
There are groups who contend that 'pornography' leads to increased sexual crimes, such as rape and molestation. However in some Countries that have less restrictions on the distribution of pornographic materials, the actual sex crime rate is considerably lower than other nations that highly restrict such material. (Netherlands, Sweden, Japan)
There is also some support of this, where in some US States, where there is low internet availability, the incidents of rape are much higher than in those areas that have high access to the Internet.
Feminist groups counter that 'pornography' demeans women, and increases the sexual crimes being committed. However there is no definitive proof of either claim, as other factors tend to come into play, when determining what causes someone to commit such heinous acts on others.
Despite many new 'blue laws' regulating the distribution, possession of pornography, the Internet has advanced the ability of the 'common person' to view and possess such material.
Has been used to incite a particular religious view, or social view. Used by the Feminist Movement in the 1970's and 1980's to push forward a political agenda for Woman's Rights.
Used today to accent a particular religious viewpoint, or social standard, specially within the United States.
Generally 'pornography' is used in a derogatory meaning, implying illicit acts, or harmful acts. It is used to push forward specific agendas, to limit the availability of such material, claiming it will corrupt the moral fiber of communities.