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It is very difficult to provide a clear definition of what constitutes ‘pornography’, as opposed to erotica or suggestive and titillating imagery. Often the boundary between ‘erotica’ and ‘pornography’ seems to run along the lines of art versus tacky commercialism. This problem over exact definitions is a telling one, and helps explain the chequered history of pornography debates within modern feminism, because what constitutes pornography and whether pornography contains qualities specific only to the area or also found in other aspects of cultural production were key topics for discussion. Because of its subject matter, and the often sharp visceral reactions pornography summoned in women, the arguments and subsequent rifts over what feminists’ position on porn should be were emotional and vituperative.

The word ‘pornography’ today ...

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