Softcore (or soft porn) is a form of
pornography, either video or nude glamour photography, that is less explicit than hardcore material in depicting or describing sexual behaviour. Softcore does not depict explicit sexual contact, but ranges from simulated intercourse to nudity. While both softcore and hardcore feature sexual situations with the intention of arousing the viewer, the key difference is that softcore does not clearly show aroused genitalia (including masturbation), ejaculation, or penetration (vaginal, anal and/or oral). Some softcore porn, especially recently, is more explicit in that penises or vulvae are shown as well as contact in those areas. In milder forms of softcore porn, much of the nudity is implied, such as the handbratechnique, with only limited nipple exposure.
After the formation of the MPAA rating system in the
United Statesand prior to the 1980s, numerous softcore films, ranging from low to high production costs, were released to mainstream movie theatres especially drive-ins. Some, such as " Emmanuelle" [cite web| url=http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19750101/REVIEWS/501010316/| title=Emmanuelle| author= Roger Ebert| publisher= Chicago Sun-Times| date= 1975-01-01| accessdate=2008-03-18] and "Alice in Wonderland". [cite web| url=http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19761124/REVIEWS/611240301/| title=Alice in Wonderland| author= Roger Ebert| publisher= Chicago Sun-Times| date=1976-11-24| accessdate=2008-03-18] , received positive reviews from noted critics such as Roger Ebert. Since the rise in popularity of home video in the 1980s, however, most softcore films have been restricted to home video releases or overnight timeslots on premium channels such as Cinemaxand Showtime, and production values have dropped. Softcore films are carried by many mainstream video stores which often segregate them in an adults-only room.
Examples of American softcore
photographyinclude "Playboy", "METart" and " Perfect 10". In Japan, the softcore theatrical Pink filmhas been a major cinematic genre since the early 1960s.
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