What I often seek in the nudes I post here is a sense of balance and harmony. For my entire life, my aesthetic tastes have always leaned in the direction of a certain kind of restrained classicism. This is true even for my erotic tastes in art. Overly baroque, even grotesque depictions of sexuality do nothing for me, indeed, they even repulse me; but a calm and harmonious expression of sexual beauty is a wonderful thing. Most “porn” today is all too infused with the grotesque; it is rare to find something that has some sort of true aesthetic merit, although such erotica does exist. If you are willing to sift through the mounds of porn manure out there, you will eventually find some decent expressions of eroticism. But it takes time and work.
I like the above photo because it shows the beauty of an ancient sculpture contrasted with the beauty of a modern woman. Both are expressions of artistic merit. The one, however, the sculpture, bruised and damaged after two millennia, is perfectly acceptable in our society; the other, a woman disrobing, is generally not. What is the difference between the two? Outside of the fact that one is a flesh and blood woman, the other a piece of marble, I don’t see much of a difference. The very pose of the woman is quite classical in its balance, restraint, and harmony. Her body is nude, we see her natural curves and smooth skin, she is merely a woman, a creation of God, and yet for many in our society, especially those of a religious persuasion, this image is wrong, evil and decadent.
Again, as far as I am concerned good erotic art is just that, art. And good art is something worth promoting and defending in a free society.