Does nudity in sculptures (like Greek sculptures) encourage pornography?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is, of course, a matter of opinion.  However, I would argue that nudes in art do not encourage pornography.  There are at least two reasons to say this.

First, nudes in art are not always particularly sexual, at least not to our current way of thinking.  They can be beautiful, but they are not typically arousing.  Pornography is a completely different thing.

Second, what really encourages pornography is human interest in sexuality.  We do not need nude statues to make us ("us" being, at the very least, many men) interested in pornography.

Since nude sculptures are not particularly sexual and because there are other factors that encourage pornography, I do not see nude sculptures as a cause of pornography.

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