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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 07:38 pm (UTC)
the thing with the forums is that they have to be PG13 safe. So, even if you rate it 15+ that still means it needs to moved from the regular eye. R and NC17 fics cannot be directly linked except in the RS... thus causing the move of the artwork, b/c it *was* directly linked. I'd give it an R. With the breastfeeding picture, that isn't a sexual one in context. I breastfed my son and my friends who are mums mostly breastfed, but I still might give it a PG13 to be on the safe side, although it could probably be a PG. But the other picture is sexual. Yes, his hand is covering her breast, but his other hand is creeping down her skirt. I'd still give it an R - which makes the move okay since the forums are PG13 and below.
17th-Aug-2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
As I explained to texasmagic below, I was under the impression that stuff only qualified for the Bedchamber or Restricted section if it was NC17. I have read R-rated fics at CM that were not in the Bedchamber, so I'm sure you can understand how I could get that impression, yes?

I have no problems at all with CM ruling what can and can't be permitted and am not about to jump up and down crying 'injustice!' but some of the R-rated fic I've read there was way more explicit than my painting. Hence my wondering whether art might have a different rating system to fic at CM.
17th-Aug-2005 11:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah - that's understandable, but I also think that even the ratings are more closely monitored now. There was a run of fics that should have been NC17 that were rated R. I'm guessing one of the major differences for fics versus art is that the art is much more... *there*... I've no idea if that makes any sense.
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