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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 03:02 am (UTC)
Sometimes this rating business makes me a bit tired. In all honesty, I wouldn't rate your Passionate Ron/Hermione picture higher than PG-13 because just flip open any women's magazine and see an advertisement which is just as racy. As for the breastfeeding pic. G. People who are offended by a woman breastfeeding, are people who are offended by nature. I assume they can't go out of the door because there are plants pollinating outside or something.

(And it goes without explaining that I'm a liberal European)
17th-Aug-2005 03:06 am (UTC)
*hugs you* Thanks! :~)
17th-Aug-2005 03:29 am (UTC)
I assume they can't go out of the door because there are plants pollinating outside or something.


AAHAHAHHAHHA!
17th-Aug-2005 06:20 am (UTC) - I second that.
Omg, so so true.

Personally, I reckon they should have two ratings: 'bits showing' and 'bits not showing', and people can decide for themselves whether they risk viewing them, or whether they let their offspring view them.
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