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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 02:37 am (UTC)
Gah! I thought that R (in the US) was something between PG-13 and NC-17. I am getting all those ratings mixed. So, I am not really the person to ask. Seriously, though -- if it depended only on me? Neither pic would go besides a PG. Sexual undertones, right, but it's just boobies. Although we know what happens when people see boobies in the US... ;)

17th-Aug-2005 02:46 am (UTC)
Although we know what happens when people see boobies in the US... ;)

Yes, yes! Hahaha. Janet Jackson traumatised the whole nation. XD Hahahahahaha!

17th-Aug-2005 03:28 am (UTC)
R is between those two. It means 'restricted, 17 and under only with permission of parent/guardian'. :D

I'd say the first picture R, as there aren't any 'bits' showing - you can see a bit more than that in a R-rated movie here. *I'd* say the second one PG, but that's just me, because the breasts aren't used in a sexual function, but the could be the former breastfeeding mom in me ;) - I bet it'd get a PG-13 in a movie here.
17th-Aug-2005 04:09 am (UTC)
I've definitely seen R-rated movies that show much more than the first picture.
17th-Aug-2005 09:15 am (UTC)
I thought that R (in the US) was something between PG-13 and NC-17.

It sort of is in that an R rating is supposed to be 17 and up but someone younger can get in with a 'parental' figure. With NC17 no one under 17 is allowed, parental figures or not.

I agree the rating system is odd ... *lesigh*
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