An enormous amount of art and literature is erotic in the sense that it stimulates vague sexual emotions, but it has no pornographic intention or effect because “it leaves everything to the imagination.” The consumer has to invent his own images, and it is felt, I do not know with what justification, that there is no harm in this.

An enormous amount of art and literature is erotic in the sense that it stimulates vague sexual emotions, but it has no pornographic intention or effect because “it leaves everything to the imagination.” The consumer has to invent his own images, and it is felt, I do not know with what justification, that there is no harm in this.

Herbert Read