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What's the thing about mature content?

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TheSpiderFromMars Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been thinking about this for a while now. We all know there is a mature content rule here when you submit your art. And I know, it might be necessary at times. BUT I think it's a bit exaggurated. For instance, I saw this painting the other day of two naked women lying in a small pond. It wasn't very pornographic or anything, all you could see was a par of tits and half a butt. Is it really necessary then to mark that picture as "mature"? I mean, I think there's nothing wrong with non-pornographic nudeness, we all know how the human body looks without clothes and undies. Is it really THAT bad if I would draw a naked person WITHOUT choosing the mature content option? What's your opinion regarding this matter?
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WizardOfUnseen Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose as a popular website, dA has to have a mature content option for every artwork I understand it more of an eyewash than anything else but I guess it looks better that way
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:iconnosugarjustanger:
I think it's better be safe than sorry. I know it's natural to be naked and all that, but people have different definition of what is mature and what is not. For me personally, nothing really can shock me anymore when it comes to seeing graphic stuff. :shrug: But I know a lot of people who are squeamish around naked things and though I don't identify with them, I still think they have the right to feel whatever they feel, as repressive as they are.
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MadOldHag Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes I don't get it either. Why should seeing the human body in all its beauty be worse than violence and gore? (Note that it is even worse when it comes to the male body.)

But then, it is as it is. The artists just want to be on the safe side. They rather set the mature filter to on than have their deviation removed because some narrow-minded person reported their photograph or painting.

Than, where, exactly, is the limit anyway? What is tasteful and what is porn? Ask twenty people and you will get twenty different opinions. Thus, there have to be rules. Guess we will have to live with it.
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Benjamin-Biddix Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
because lots of member just love to complain about art being porn when the don't agree with they're standards of art should be a anime fan art pony or sonic fandom piece, the uptight right-wing christian new members, the annoying trolls and the just plain butthurt "his/her art is better so I will baww about it being pornographic because my photography is sub-par".....like some certain users that claim it to be soft-core porn when in reality it is artistic nude.....mostly the middle school kids report it and bug the hell out of the staff.....and they get banned. :iconyaayplz:
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:iconcatcircuits:
Hell, some people think looking at someone naked is cheating.
Some people think watching porn is cheating.

I mean there are lots of people who have different views and opinions.
I think we should be grateful we have nudity at all on deviantART.
They can't make everyone happy; at least they are trying. :shrug:
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TheSpiderFromMars Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure, but can't we make nudity on this site a bit more acceptable? That's what I would want to see. And all of a sudden, you see these über "perfect looking" women on this site, with small waists and huge tits. And they aren't filtered, because they still have their clothes on. I mean, come on!
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I have to agree, I find those sort of deviations unappealing and unrealistic when it comes to appreciating the human form. Personally, I enjoy tasteful nudity and the ones I enjoy most are of women with a tummy on them and frankly - just natural. I can understand why the filter is there and why people may want to shelter their children. I mean, if I want to raise my artistic child a certain way then I would appreciate some sort of filter too. I'm not saying nudity is this evil picture that so many try to paint of it but more that there are parents on this site as well as their offspring. I actually have a very close friend of mine who has her family here too and it's not really that uncommon.

I hate it when some people intentionally slip through the cracks - like you've mentioned - just because it's so unfair to those who are going by the rules. I've seen some pictures of people with a painted on/skin tight suit and I often think - that's bull crap. They pretty much got away without tagging it because of a disturbingly tight outfit on their deviation. At the same time if dA was to allow nudity without the tags, people would probably want the age raised due to law reasons or whatever. And then people would probably try to push for pornography to be allowed too. I only mention this because I've actually seen threads in the Suggestions trying to do this. Their argument was why was nudity allowed and not sex because it's so "beautiful" and so on.
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UnknownSingularity Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest I don't understand why we humans are ashamed of our nude bodies and our sexuality. I don't know why human kind insist on telling children that nudity and sex are evil things. Most animals in nature, and some tribes never exposed to "civilization" don't use clothes, and have sex anywhere they feel like doing it. Not a big deal, but we, civilized humans, make of it a big deal :omg:

Also I don't blame the website for the censorship and the filters, it is the law after all :shrug:
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TheSpiderFromMars Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I totally agree on the first part. I'm not afraid of showing myself in the nude; heck, I even applied to be a model at a figure drawing class when I was in Australia (50 aussie dollars for 2,5 hours, not bad!).

What do you mean with the law, by the way? Is it like the law-law or the deviantart-law?
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UnknownSingularity Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the law-law in the USA is very conservative and protective of children :nod: People in the USA cannot drink alcohol until they are 21 :dead:
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