So I've written about sexuality in art a few times before due to conflicts here on DA and in pop culture like Video Games, but it still seems to be a hot button issue in so many ways.
I decided to give the DeviantArt rules a real good look after some complaints about my art (a lot were most likely trolls) and groups that cite DA's rules rejecting my art, one group going so far as to tell me they were removing the previous art of mine they had accepted.
I've found that DA's rules on mature content and what's acceptable to upload can be rather vague, occasionally conflicting and don't seem to be fully enforced.
Rules like FAQ #554: Is my deviation Mature Content?
andFAQ #23: What are DeviantArt policies on nudity?
are kind of confusing as it leaves nudity open for interpretation."All images containing nudity must be tagged as Mature Content upon submission."
"While not all nudity requires a tag, if your work displays a penis, testicle, vagina, (female) nipples or anus you should assign this tag."
Conflicting rules like that have caused me a few headaches with groups before.
Everything seems to indicate butts are not necessarily mature content but (pun intended) I don't want to tag art that isn't mature just to be safe as it cuts my audience down if the art is not intended to be "mature".
Not according to this clarification:CEA Blog: Mature Content
This makes PG-13 art hard to post without conflicts since people interpret mature content differently. You have to be 13 to have an account plus there is a 18+ tag for mature work. It seems people assume if it's not child safe it's adult art and then fight me.
Nudity isn't inherently sexual.
Has anyone seen this rule enforced? FAQ #248: Are there restrictions on art using children or teenagers (fictional or otherwise)?
Wouldn't that make sexy fan art of Pokemon trainers prohibited? Wouldn't sexy Images of Rikku from Final Fantasy X and X-2 be a problem? Is my Hilda piece breaking the rules? Hilda - Pokemon Black/White
I really hate having my art fall into a gray area subject to deletion at anytime. Of course, if my art gets deleted so would thousands of other pieces.
What do you think about the rules?
Do they seem clear enough?
Are rules prohibiting sexual art of characters under 18 realistic, even if the character ages up during the source, like Yuna from Final Fantasy X and X-2 or Korra from Legend of Korra?
Should art like my Hilda Pokemon piece be allowed here?
Oh, and my favorite FAQ!FAQ #303: I'm offended by something I saw on the website!