I started reading erotica last year, and my fiancé teases me mercilessly about it, telling others gleefully that I read 'porn'. But there's a huge difference between porn and erotica, and I'm not just talking about one being primarily aimed at men and the other at women.

 

"The word “pornography” itself carries a problematic history. While pornography comes from the French word pornographie—literally defined as writing or paintings depicting prostitutes—the Greek root porne means “bought, purchased.” Such etymology can be problematic as it insinuates the commodification of bodies—particularly female bodies."

 

http://www.dukechronicle.com/articles/2014/02/14/portrait-porn-star

 

 

Gloria Steinem recently said in an interview with Jennifer Aniston, “Porn means female slavery. Erotica is something quite different. Eros means love and free choice."

 

That's why I read erotica.