Sunday, March 9, 2014

On Writing: Art Blog Mature Posts

For those who aren't aware of my writing-sharing history, for a long time (9+ years) I wrote and posted the majority of my art on a website called deviantArt, under the name of divby0. In the recent years, deviantArt's treatment of the writing community and literary artists in general (both by the moderators and the community as a whole) has taken a turn I don't agree with, and so I made the decision to leave.

My "leaving" is a work-in-progress, because my art is hosted sparely elsewhere, and I intend on bringing my whole gallery with me before shuttering the account (I won't close it, but I'll change the password to something impossible to remember and walk away).

In lieu of finding a community I'm as satisfied with as I was with deviantArt during its prime, I've been moving everything I can--prioritizing poetry--over to an art blog here on blogger.

Blogger doesn't really have selective mature content controls unlike traditional art-communities, so I have a choice on how to handle my posting of them. While I could post them on a different page, make them harder to get to, all those sorts of things... I'm not. All I've done is put "(Mature)" in the post title after the piece title and "Mature Content" at the top of the piece.

This might get me into trouble later on, but here's my justification:

1. Literature paints the pictures in your own head
(Almost) all my mature art is in the form of words. I don't paint or draw erotic content, and my erotic photography is only mildly suggestive and fully clothed. What erotic and mature art I have therefore requires the audience to participate in making the piece erotic: they're as guilty as I am.

2. Minors are persistent and liars
Most webpages featuring erotic literature have nothing more than an "I promise I'm mature enough to view this content" link to access it. Minors don't really care about lying when they click this link. Even many erotic-photography webpages and communities require little more than a birthday question, which is only checked by a simple math problem (honestly, you could claim to be older than the Doctor, and they'd let you in).

3. There are worse things out there
Erotic literature and suggestive photography are the least of the troubles a minor can get into on the internet without barely trying. I should know: I was one once, and at least my parents tried to keep track of what websites I visited; too many parents these days don't. 

Thusly, it's not really worth my time to try and protect minors. Shy of requiring a password or credit card to access the mature art (which would scare away all my readers once they decide it's not worth their time), there are no steps I can take to keep them out. The least I've decided is necessary to do is warn them what they're getting into.

Besides, a good portion of my "mature" art is far more tame than what you'd find on prime-time television.