As you may be aware, Twitter (who we have used for years to let people know what is new on this site) have decided out of the blue that @honesterotica’s header image (right) by French illustrator Jean Dulac, which we’ve used since we opened a Twitter account, ‘violates its policies against graphic violence or adult content’. So without any notice or discussion they’ve suspended the account. Can you believe it? We are currently appealing to have the Twitter account reinstated. This is very sad and annoying both for us and for the more than 6,000 followers we have.

To complement (we hope rather than replace) the Twitter account, we shall soon be introducing a new feature here with news about artists and portfolios we’ve recently added, so keep calling back. We need a way of keeping you all informed that isn’t subject to arbitrary censorship.

In the meantime, please do what you can to help us by introducing your friends to the site. If you haven’t also been suspended, use your social media accounts to let people know about us – and about Twitter’s censorship of erotic art. Feel free to email us at info@honesterotica.com if you want to express your concern and solidarity.

You might be interested to know that experiences like ours of being censored by social media are documented and illustrated by Don’t Delete Art, a wonderful and important project highlighting the importance of allowing art to circulate freely online – their website is here.

Thank you all!

Exploring the website

If you’ve been here before and know what you’re looking for or want to explore further, feel free to go directly to the main sections of the site:

What makes honesterotica different from other web resources?

If you would like to read about the rationale of honesterotica, and the ways in which it differs from other websites offering images of physical and sensual intimacy (especially the many online porn sites), you can find more here.

Our inspirations

The importance of sensuality and an erotic dimension to human experience has been expressed and emphasised by writers, artists and thinkers down the ages. We have put together quotations from some of the people who have inspired us as we have created the honesterotica website – you can read them here.

honesterotica and porn

There will always be people who say that there’s no real difference between erotica and pornography, and that both are equally bad (or good). We’re not going to get into that argument, at least not beyond reminding ourselves that ‘erotica’  comes from the Greek word ‘eros’, sensual love, and ‘pornography’ also comes from Greek, meaning ‘depictions of prostitutes’. This does suggest an important difference, porn generally (though by no means always and inevitably) involving a male-over-female power relationship with some sort of commercial transaction involved. If you would like to read our thoughts about porn and why we believe honesterotica has such an important role to play, you can find them here.

honesterotica and you

honesterotica is an interactive resource, so the site includes a blog to which you can respond, and a feedback page where you can comment on or add your own research and suggestions to what you find on the site.

In order to participate, you will need to register on the site and sign in using the panel at the top of the page; this is so we can monitor feedback and keep the site safe. We only ask for enough details about you to be sure you are a real person, and will never share any of your details (beyond your screen name) with anyone else.

Your input will help improve the site, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Finally …

If you’ve enjoyed, appreciated, and learned from our site, do tell your friends and colleagues about it! Send them the link – www.honesterotica.com – and (hoping you will soon be able to again!) follow us on Twitter at @honesterotica. The more followers we have the more people will get to see the treasure trove that is honesterotica.

Thank you!