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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?
Comments 
17th-Aug-2005 06:44 am (UTC)
It's so riduclous how censored everything is, particularly here in the U.S. Art is not a medium that should be rated, and when that occurs, it limits severely the number of people who can see the piece, reducing interest (or even inspiration).
I think your painting was lovely, and sensual, but by no means overtly erotic and unsuitable for mature young adults. If you felt comfortable showing it to your children, then you shouldn't be expected to feel uncomfortable posting it in a forum for all to see.

17th-Aug-2005 06:45 am (UTC)
and by riduclous, I meant ridiculous.
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