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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 06:11 am (UTC)
I'm pretty familiar with the US rating system. (I'm old enough to remember the griping that got the PG-13 rating introduced).

Both pics would pull a PG-13. The Ron/Hermione pic because it is so blatantly, frankly, (and wonderly) sexual in nature. The breast feeding picture because you're showing exposed breasts.

Ironically, there was a time when the Ron/Hermione picture would have pulled a PG while the breast feeding picture would have pulled an R, because Americans are damned uptight about allowing kids to see tits, even if they spent the first year of their life chewing on a pair, but hey, what do you expect from a group whose primary cultural identity is a direct decendant of a group of Extremist Calvanists.

The quickie, on the other hand, is NC-17 straight up. First, there's cock, which is an almost automatic R. Then there's the fact that someone is touching that cock, which bumps it right up to NC-17.
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