So this has been a question on my mind for sometime now. I’ve seen the distinction between Art and Porn made in Theology of the Body by the likes of JP II. I’ve seen it been made by Christopher West who talks about ToB.
So my question is, whats the difference?
The typical answer seems to be
“Porn is made to induce lust”
“Art is made to make one appreciate the sexes/ glorify God etc”
My question to this is, this seems to be a subjective notion rather than an objective one. Can I look at two pictures and say which one is Art and which one is Porn? What are the objective criterion?
Let us say a Mr. Pron drew a painting to induce lust. But is it objectively visible in the painting? Can the audience simply see it as Art?
So it appears there is no objective criterion and everything might be art from the viewer perspective. Porn seems to be defined in terms of artist intentions so it appears quiet possible for someone to accidentally create art while making porn.
Christopher West also quotes st. Paul saying
“To the pure all things are pure, but to the impure, nothing is pure” (Titus 1:15)
So is me feeling lust when I see Pornographic nude just a sign of me requiring moral transformation?
I happen to find ToB very attractive but this is the one part that always throws me off.
So would like to hear some good arguments or explanations on this matter that are BASED ON CATHOLIC THOUGHT in CONSONANCE WITH THE CHURCH.