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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 06:04 am (UTC)
That first one I would give a PG-13. Maybe an R (your equivalent of an M, I think), but it's definitely not NC-17. That said, I usually rate my own stuff higher than I think it should be just to try to keep the very easily offended from clicking the link. :oD

The breast-feeding one (I love that one so much - such a happy little family!) is 'G', IMO. I don't see anything wrong with letting children, even young ones, see a woman feeding her child, so yeah...G. That's a bit of a pet peeve of mine, though. Some of the same people who have no problem with nude images of women in fashion magazines, etc. complain bitterly if they see a woman discreetly breast-feeding in a public place. An example - a few years ago, in our local shopping mall, I overheard a group of young, professional-type women loudly and quite bitchily complaining about a woman, sitting on a bench outside the stores, who was breast-feeding her baby (very discreetly, at that - she had a cloth draped over the baby's head.) The Victoria's Secret shop had a large poster display in the window, showing one of their models modeling panties. She had no bra on and had her arms crossed and her hands covered the nipple area. These same women sauntered happily into Victoria's without a second glance at the mostly nude model touching herself. It would have been almost funny, except it wasn't. :o)
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