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When a homeless man was accused of fondling himself in the Laguna Beach public library, the ensuing outcry was less about the alleged behavior than about the pornography the man was viewing on the Internet at the time. Some people had never realized before the November incident that libraries, originally intended as great institutions of public edification through books, could be used these days as sources for viewing porn.

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In our digital age, when people imagine pornography, they often think of incognito browsers and graphic sexual videos, where erotica evokes the heavy breath of someone speedily flipping through Fifty Shades of Grey.

But the study of erotic materials goes a lot deeper than that and, like any field within humanities, it has existed as long as humans have. This past term alone, the English department has offered three different special topics courses exploring erotic subject matter: Dr.

But why is it important to study the erotic?

Erotica of the past is important to understanding sexuality of the present.

And do the lessons of these courses extend beyond taking spicy electives? Georgia Sitara, an assistant teaching professor in History and Gender Studies. Since the term pornography emerged in English about a century and a half ago, it has gained notoriety from the Christian Church, who deemed images of sex dangerous, and the ideas associated with it as harmful to the population.

The itself has no one meaning. As observers, we give meaning to the .

When academics talk about the study of pornography and erotica, they are really discussing a long history of diverse beliefs and practices. By exploring the good, the bad, and the ugly of this history, students are able to understand themselves and correct their assumptions while also developing compassion and respect for others.

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Recognizing the possible harm that certain forms of pornography can cause can teach us how we can learn to rewrite what their images and portrayals mean, while creating new and better ones to replace them. To be able to do this work, primary source erotica is essential in exploring erotic portrayals through the ages. And as long as people have been having sex, people have been writing about it, depicting it in art, painting, music [….

Based on the large volume of erotic courses being offered in the English department, students are enjoying it. Ross has offered his special topics erotica course four times now and the course always fills up quickly. People are interested in the subject matter and have a desire to learn more. For all the above stated reasons, maintaining primary source erotica in the library is extremely important.

It's legal to watch porn at public libraries, but should it be?

In our digital age, resources are readily available through online databases, but they require sufficient library funding to maintain subscriptions to them. Around two years ago, the British Library digitized their Private Case collection of erotic and pornographic materials.

Much of these materials can be found through the Gale Archives. However, the study of erotic materials still faces many challenges. Referencing Gayle Rubin, a famous cultural anthropologist and sex and gender theorist, Sitara says that for a long time the study of sex, specifically queer sex, within academia has been systematically discouraged.

Many were graduate students whose advisors told them bluntly that they were committing academic suicide and these warnings were not unrealistic. Many others who did this early work in queer scholarship endured systemic unemployment or underemployment in the academy.

Sitara says the possibility of backlash is still high, particularly with the scrutiny through which syllabi are reviewed in the academy and with the prevalence of cancel culture. Things are not often as clear cut as sex ed tries to make them seem to be.

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