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Still or moving images, usually of women, in varying states of nudity, posing or performing erotic acts with men, women, animals, machines, or other props. Some say it degrades women, some say it corrupts young boys (who down-load it from the World-Wide Web or exchange it on floppy disks). Most of it is in the form of JPEG images. There are many sites on the World-Wide Web offering porn of all sorts, almost always for a subscription. It is said that these are a driving force in the evolution of new technology and techniques for the web. Advertisments for them certainly constitute a significant proportion of all spam. There are even pornographic computer games, an early example being Mac Playmate.

Beware - many institutions, particularly universities, have strict rules against their computers and networks being used to transfer or store such things, and you might get corrupted.
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erotic, sometimes violent or brutal, sexual representations (in e.g. literature or film) that meet social opposition on the grounds that they offend and degrade or exploit women or young people. A lack of literary or artistic merit is sometimes a further criterion. One view of pornography is that is provides opportunities for sexual outlet in which the male gaze, and male conceptions of desire, can still prevail (sec also QUEER THEORY). Attitudes to pornography are complex, however, especially given that pornography for women also exists.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



vulgarly naturalistic and indecent depictions of sex in literature, art, theater, films, and so forth. Pornographic books, magazines, drawings, photographs, and films are produced in enormous quantities in the capitalist countries. In the USSR, the dissemination of pornographic writings and pictures is punishable by law (see, for example, the Criminal Code of the RSFSR, art. 228).

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The commercial tradition is resolute in its condemnation of infanticide, punishing the offending heroines with pornographically violent torture and death.
When Posthumus, enraged by Iachimo's report of Imogen's seeming infidelity, pornographically imagines the act of betrayal, he characterizes Iachimo as 'a full Acorn'd Boare, a Iarmen on, [Who] Cry'de oh, and mounted' (TLN 1354-55).
One does not have to write clinically or pornographically about sex to reveal an understanding of the subject.
And in "History of the Great Mouth," a mother interrupts her slaughter work just long enough to give birth: "You could have seen her involved in her work, straddling the buffalo pornographically while working at his soft belly with a piercing knife.
2 women are each licking an ice-cream cone, pornographically; when the cornet is finished, they drop it contemptuously (compose the vocal sounds made while they are licking).
Kincaid points out that "as Judy Blume has shown and as every boy and girl in the sixth grade knows, blackboards are the most pornographically arousing things there are.
Leonce was played by Jeroen Willems as a constipated eunuch unable to be aroused by a completely nude Rosetta, who has smeared black paint on her body and poses pornographically in front of him.
But the direction of these intriguing relays is never clear, because the nature of Slothrop's "nature" is eroticized absence--eroticized not merely in that his body is studied pornographically, or that his most unique quality is sexual in nature, but in that his sublime body keeps its own truth hidden so that a game of hermeneutical flirtation must be played in the process of unveiling it.
It is used flagrantly in mixed company, dropped casually on social occasions, proclaimed and denounced loudly by diplomats and statesmen, spewed from the pulpits for ecumenical emphasis, and bannered in headlines for everyone to see in all its pornographically splendiferous glory.
Their behavior unquestionably mocks democratic sensibilities, pornographically caricatures a legacy of struggle and pimps the hopes and aspirations of their constituents; it is not, however, a peculiarly black trait.
A group of foreigners who were arrested for "dancing pornographically" at a party in Siem Reap town, Cambodia