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What I wanted to get at is the value difference between pornographic playing-cards when you're a kid, and pornographic playing-cards when you're older. It's that when you're a kid you use the cards as a substitute for a real experience, and when you're older you use real experience as a substitute for the fantasy.

Author: Edward Albee (1928)

Profession: American Playwright, Dramatist

There's only one good test of pornography. Get twelve normal men to read the book, and then ask them, ''Did you get an erection?'' If the answer is ''Yes'' from a majority of the twelve, then the book is pornographic.

Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

Profession: Anglo-American Poet

A widespread taste for pornography means that nature is alerting us to some threat of extinction.

Author: J. G. Ballard (1930)

Profession: British Author

At male strip shows, it is still the women that we watch, the audience of women and their eager faces. They are more obscene than if they were dancing naked themselves.

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Profession: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer

Pornography is the quadraphonics of sex. It adds a third and fourth track to the sexual act. It is the hallucination of detail that rules. Science has already habituated us to this microscopics, this excess of the real in its microscopic detail, this voyeurism of exactitude.

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Profession: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer

Pornographers are the enemies of women only because our contemporary ideology of pornography does not encompass the possibility of change, as if we were the slaves of history and not its makers. Pornography is a satire on human pretensions.

Author: Angela Carter (1940-1992)

Profession: British Author

Pornography is rather like trying to find out about a Beethoven symphony by having somebody tell you about it and perhaps hum a few bars.

Author: Robertson Davies (1913)

Profession: Canadian Novelist, Journalist

Women, for centuries not having access to pornography and now unable to bear looking at the muck on the supermarket shelves, are astonished. Women do not believe that men believe what pornography says about women. But they do. From the worst to the best of them, they do.

Author: Andrea Dworkin (1946)

Profession: American Feminist Critic

Those Romans who perpetrated the rape of the Sabines, for example, did not work themselves up for the deed by screening Debbie Does Dallas, and the monkish types who burned a million or so witches in the Middle Ages had almost certainly not come across Boobs and Buns or related periodicals.

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich (1941)

Profession: American Author, Columnist

The pornography of violence of course far exceeds, in volume and general acceptance, sexual pornography, in this Puritan land of ours. Exploiting the apocalypse, selling the holocaust, is a pornography. For the ultimate selling job on ultimate violence one must read those works of fiction issued by our government as manuals of civil defense, in which you learn that there's nothing to be afraid of if you've stockpiled lots of dried fruit.

Author: Ursula K. Le Guin (1929)

Profession: American Author

It's red hot, mate. I hate to think of this sort of book getting in the wrong hands. As soon as I've finished this, I shall recommend they ban it.

Author: Tony Hancock (1924-1968)

Profession: American Comedian,

Pornography is literature designed to be read with one hand.

Author: Angela Lambert

Profession:

Pornography is the attempt to insult sex, to do dirt on it.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author

The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting.

Author: Gloria Leonard

Profession:

There's a subterranean impetus towards pornography so powerful that half the business world is juiced by the sort of half sex that one finds in advertisements.

Author: Norman Mailer (1923)

Profession: American Author