On 11 Sep 2002 at 13:54, Erika Meyer posted a message which said: > Judah wrote: > >Erika Meyer wrote: > >>on Mardi Gras: I am of the opinion that it is sexual repression and > >>conservatism that fosters behavior like you see at Mardi Gras... and > >>porn and other deviant sexual behavior. > >At the risk of starting a flame war I'm not planning on participating > >in...porn is not a deviant sexual behavior. Porn is neither inherently > >deviant nor is it a sexual behavior. > But then what do you mean by porn? > I guess in my mind, porn is defined by deviance of some level. But what > is deviance? The Supremes, who have had to define porn in order to deal with laws against it, say that porn is sexually prurient material. Pruritis is a medical term for "itching". In other words, if it is sexually stimulating material, it's porn, and if there is non-stimulating nudity, it's not. Of course, for some people, there has to be *some* deviance in order to provide sexual stimulation, but what is deviance? I think the common definition of deviance is "something *I* wouldn't do". In other words, your whips and chains are boring PVF sex, the chicken in my underwear is part of a normal healthy sexual appetite, and the strange things those *other* people do are deviant. deke -- Do gravediggers qualify for "cost of living" raises?