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The magazine Playgirl famously launched as a source of sexual imagery targeted at presumably heterosexual women. It just as famously ended up with a readership of mostly homosexual men. The issue with such studies is the social and cultural baggage about sex and desire that women likely bring into a controlled laboratory environment. With the goal of stripping away that baggage and focusing only on a biological response, a research group has collected and processed brain-imaging findings from 61 relevant studies, producing a result likely to generate some controversy.
When you think of the word erotica , it's entirely possible you still picture romance novel covers with Fabio shirtless by the ocean. And that totally counts! But fortunately, the medium has become a little more adventurous than that. Beyond its power to titillate, good erotic art can make powerful, sex-positive social statements. Just look at how the genre has flourished on Instagram: Tons of artists with hundreds of thousands of followers have, for the last few years, been showing their huge audiences new ways to think about love, sex, and intimacy—often at the risk of getting their accounts deleted for being in violation of Instagram's intense, decidedly antinipple community guidelines.
Personally, I find video porn kind of limiting. My erotic imagination is simultaneously vast and very specific and I feel like videos are just too prescriptive. But I just prefer written erotica to visual porn, probably because it lets my imagination go wherever it wants to. I can skim read, go back and forth between the parts that I like, imagine the characters any way I want because with written erotica , the possibilities are endless.