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CEA Blog: Mature Content

Fri May 11, 2012, 6:59 AM
Hey guys, today I want to talk about Mature Content on deviantART and hopefully clear up some misconceptions that exist around it. For those of you eager to look at some boobs and hot male torsos, I'm afraid I won't be including any here :petting:.

How the mature content filter works

All members over the age of 18 can choose to enable or disable the mature content filter to suit their needs. All members with a registered date of birth under the age of 18 have the mature content filter locked on and can not disable it. All logged out visitors have the mature content filter enabled and can not disable it.

The mature content filter is split in to two types, strict and warning. The strict filter is completely voluntary and prevents any deviant with the mature content filter on from accessing the work. The general or warning filter is the standard mature content tag and will remove the image from immediate view when browsing and place an warning page on the deviation which the viewer may click through to see the image at their discretion.


A mature content tag means I can submit porn and shock pictures!
This seems to be a fairly common misconception, especially with younger members submitting illustrated works. Even with a mature content tag the following FAQs apply:

FAQ #565: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic imagery'; what do you consider this to be?
FAQ #251: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic literature'; what do you consider this to be?
FAQ #305: Is posting 'Adult' oriented artwork alright if I censor it first?
FAQ #248: Are there restrictions on art using children or teenagers (fictional or otherwise)?
FAQ #7: What is the policy concerning photographs of corpses, cruelty or death?

These policies apply to ALL submissions, regardless of any sort of tag, artist statement or self censorship. If a CEA member determines that an artwork violates one of these policies then it will be subject to removal without warning.

If it shows X then it MUST be marked as strict
We get a lot of reports that a deviation shows some content that a user doesn't like and they think it should have a strict mature content tag. We won't ever place or demand that a strict mature content tag be placed on a deviation, no matter what the content. The strict setting is there only for the submitting deviants peace of mind.

This image shows a person in lingerie, that needs to be tagged!
When it comes to nudity the mature content tagging system is only required under for actual nudity, this means, if you can see the genitals, anus or nipples if the model is female then it should have a tag. This counts even if they are clothed but you can clearly see through the clothing.

This does not apply to deviations where the model is shown in lingerie or clothing that covers genitals or a fully nude model where genitals, are not displayed.  If a models breasts aren't covered but the nipples are then that doesn't need a mature content tag. Body paint and items like nipple pasties may be enough to mean that a deviation doesn't need a tag.

deviantART staff are biased towards a specific gender
We do not give bias towards any gender or orientation. We do our best to apply our policies in an unbiased and objective manner. The CEA team is made up of 4 women and 3 men, we are very tolerant when it comes to nudity, gender and orientation. We don't remove an image because we don't like it and we don't allow images to remain because we do. We try to judge every deviation fairly and honestly according to our policies, if we're not sure then we discuss it as a team and err on the side of the deviant.

What should be marked as mature

As mentioned above, any deviation which clearly depicts visible genitals, female nipples or the anus should be tagged.

We also require that images depicting graphic violence or gore be tagged as mature. These should be actual or realistic depictions of significant injury, surgery, mutilation. or dismemberment. Any depictions of suicide should also be tagged.

It is worth noting that images depicting actual human death will be judged on a case by case basis. Images of actual death or injury that are found to be unnecessarily graphic (shock images) will be removed and may lead to further action being taken against your account. This includes unnecessarily graphic images of animal death or cruelty.

Images of a cartoonish or unrealistic nature or images of minor injuries do not necessarily require a mature content tag. This is the same for images showing blood where no injury is shown.

Ideologically sensitive material should also be tagged. What we mean here is the deliberate use of an offensive opinion or ideal aimed at at someone or something. This includes deviations which glorify, celebrate or promote offensive ideologies. Exceptions may be made for satire or parody but will be judge case by case.

Just because something is associated with an offensive ideology or belief does not mean that it's that it should be tagged or removed.

We do not require a mature content tag based on language used in a deviation, this tag is completely voluntarily and will not be imposed by a deviantART staff member.

In all cases where there is doubt over a reported image, we will discuss it as a team and we may choose to give the benefit of doubt to the artist. deviantART as a website aims to encourage artistic expression and freedom within our policies and so we will not remove or tag an image unless our policy requires it.

Sorry if this has been a little long, but hopefully this will give you a better understanding of our mature content system.

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13Gracie14 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
I'm posting pictures of flowers, but how do I make it so you don't have to click "display this deviant anyway" because "Mature content is on"....I got one to work, but every time it shows the grey dash instead of the pic!
dxd Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
When you submit the picture you need to click that it is not mature content.

You've clicked that the pictures are mature content which means that they'll be restricted for users. I've removed the mature content tags for you. :)
13Gracie14 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
thanks so much!
Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I have aquestion. How can changing someone's date of birth keep them from viewing mature content? :?
CouchyCreature Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so why is fellatio suddenly OK?…
SpookyBjorn Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So why is a shirtless guy ok, but a shirtless woman not ok? Friggin sexist
dxd Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Because we are bound by US laws which dictate what we can show to minors. US laws state that breasts are not suitable for minors, we have to abide by that.
SnowyBlack Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

ok to start, the age restriction is 13+, am i right?

pictures of women wearing practically nothing, a string up their bum called underpants or whatever, should need a tag. 13 year olds don't need to, or want to see that. worse thing is, they are all over the front page and popular pages, and i'm seeing too much of it. i think they should have a warning on them, because I've considered leaving deviantart many times, after seeing these photos.

id really appreciate it if someone did something about that. Everyone should be able to share their art, without being forced to look at practically naked people posing.

BLuisi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Interface Designer
I just want to know why this kind of crap is not blocked!


What you need to show more to use the mature filter?! The uterus!?
ZephyreSyx Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OH no. It's very helpful and poignant. You was thorough and there was no grey lines for guessing which content is acceptable or not. AND ITS ALL FAIR AND NO BS!
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