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Art ratings? 
17th-Aug-2005 07:15 pm
Owl totem
A question - particularly for my fellow artists, but I'm interested to hear everybody's opinion.

The ratings that are gernerally ascribed to fanfiction - G through to NC17 - do you think the same standards should apply to art? Or should they be higher because it is a visual medium?

I ask because the picture in my icon - the full version of which you can see here - Passionate Ron/Hermione, was just labelled NC17 in a forum and, I'm sorry, but I would never have classed that pic NC17. Yes, it's suggestive, but that's it. There is no cock to be seen, no sexual act in progress, not even a breast.

Personally, I'd have rated it M (15+), just to be on the safe side. Am I too liberal? I mean, my kids have all seen this, and they range in age from 15 down to just-turned-9. They weren't horrified or traumatised by it. And, to counterpoint, none of them have seen the 'quickie' slash drawing I did for shocolate the other day, because I know that would squick them, and that one I do regard as NC17.

So what's the consensus? Would you rate this painting NC17?

And, out of interest, what would you rate this one while we're at it?
17th-Aug-2005 05:21 am (UTC)
I'm a bit uncertain on these ratings as we have nothing really like it here - I think the movie ratings (which are just cautionary, there is no actual restriction imposed) run from "All" over 7+ to 15+ and that's about it :/
I think your rating of M(15+) to be on the safe side is fine. I'd let my kids see it (14 and 10), and I don't think they'd be either horrified or traumatised by the quickie picture either, but they'd definitely be squicked so I wouldn't show them that. To compare: I showed them this drawing I did (and they just thought the squid was awesome), but not this one :)
I'd consider the breastfeeding picture G, but I know the view on breastfeeding varies a lot - in this country women do it publicly, though many don't blatantly display their breasts while doing it but rather just uncover one at a time to let the kid suckle ;)
I don't see why art should be rated higher than fic... maybe some do because it's so readily accessible to anyone - I mean, you don't have to spend time and effort reading it, the reading of a picture is almost instantaneous (at least a superficial reading of it).
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