It is usually distinguished from pornography, which can also have literary merit but which is usually understood to have sexual arousal as its main purpose. Artists Known for Erotica: Pornography in the 20th century is unprecedented in the variety of media used and the enormous volume of works produced. The invention of printing led to the rebirth of ambitious pornographic written works. Those assumptions have been challenged on legal and scientific grounds.
The representation of erotic behaviour in books, pictures, statues, motion pictures, etc.
Pornography has long been the target of moral and legal sanction in the belief that it may tend to deprave and corrupminors and adults and cause the commission of sexual crimes. Nonetheless, the production, distribution, or possession of pornographic materials may be prosecuted in many countries under statutes dealing with obscenity. The representation of erotic behaviour in books, pictures, statues, motion pictures, etc. A notable work of Victorian pornography is the massive and anonymous autobiography My Secret Lifewhich is both a social chronicle of the underside of a Puritanical society and a minutely detailed recounting of one English gentleman's lifelong pursuit of sexual gratification. A principal theme of medieval pornography was the sexual license of monks and other clerics, along with their attendant displays of hypocrisy.