Member Rara Avis
What connotates X? or XXX? hmmm... that's a good question.
I think there are subjects & topics & a way of presenting wording which i graphically exceed "sensuality" and that could connotate an X or XXX - those subjects, topics, and presentation techniques include: sado-masochism, overt descriptive phrases & terms referring to specific body parts, descriptive wording of acts of sexuality described in a manner that includes graphic details and a blow-by-blow account of intimate relations.
On the other hand, in my opinion, poems which instead imply, suggest, metaphorically refer to, or use imagery or double-entendres which can be considered sensual -- are not X or XXX -- but could be considered R.
There is definitely a difference between Hustler Magzine and Playboy, for instance, and I'm certain nobody would disagree with that.
As you said, Sharon, these are subjective opinions... what is X to one person, may be XXX to another, what is G to one person, may be R to another.
Sharon, you said:
"If we put a password on it, aren’t we in effect recreating what is already available?"
And I would answer with a NO, and this is why --
When i write a piece with sexual innuendos, metaphors, or allusions using terminology not as graphic as my definition of X above but instead of an R nature (and of course, i realize these are MY definitions), there is nowhere to post it at Passions, except in Adult. But posting it in Adult can sometimes place it next to other poems which are considerably more graphic in nature and fall within my definition of X or even XXX. This makes me uncomfortable, and I know that's just me, but it's me... so... that's how i feel.
Recently I posted a poem called "We Deliver 2" in Adult because it was clearly unsuitable for Open. But, I didn't feel it belonged sitting next to a poem about torture, which made me feel quite uncomfortable.
Yes, I am one of your "hit-&-run" occasional Adult posters because I do not particularly enjoy reading explicit language written by strangers and therefore I don't reply.... It's just not my thing. So? That's just me. When I go to post in Adult because my poem doesn't fit in Open, I always skim through the posted poems, and if I see something I feel comfortable with reading and responding, I do. If i don't, I don't.
So, all of this is my opinion, but I guess it would have to be, huh, because I'm the one typing this!! LOL
Therefore, I believe there is a place for a password protected forum for 'sensual-erotic' poetry here at Passions and I don't believe it is recreating something which is already available.
(But... hey... I don't HAVE to post everything I write here, either.... I could just share those poems with my Muse... LOL... )
Thanks for letting me share my thoughts