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.
—Robertson Davies (1913–95) Canada Journalist, Playwright, Academic, Critic, Novelist
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.
—Jean Baudrillard (1929–2007) French Sociologist, Philosopher
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.
—Barbara Ehrenreich (b.1941) American Social Critic, Essayist
My reaction to porn films is as follows: After the first ten minutes, I want to go home and screw. After the first 20 minutes, I never want to screw again as long as I live.
—Erica Jong (b.1942) American Novelist, Feminist
A widespread taste for pornography means that nature is alerting us to some threat of extinction.
—J. G. Ballard (1930–2009) English Novelist, Short Story Writer