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Caution: contains some amount of ranting. This is a big issue full of triggers for me.

Emphatically *YES*. Not that kids should be sequestered away from "the birds and the bees" indefinitely, as some fundamentalist types would try and do, but there's just some things they don't need to see or know about until they've reached a certain age or they show signs that they're mature enough to handle it. And there's some things that people just don't want to see and should not have shoved in their faces if they don't want to view it. Case in point the guy with Asperger's Syndrome whom I de-friended, banned from my LJ and reported, since he inSISTed on posting lolicon and hentai doujinshi frames on his LJ, sans LJ-cut. Either one is a trigger for me, especially the lolicon: I have a family member who was sexually abused as a child and not a day goes by that I wish I could do something to take away her pain (including things that would require an LJ-cut for extreme violence. :: laughs:: ).

I tend to err on the side of caution in rating things, so what's PG-13 to some people would be a soft R for me, and what's R to some people would be an NC-17 for me. I think of rating systems as boundaries for what's acceptable content for a certain age bracket (calender age or emotional age: my mother jokingly says about R-rated movies, "Oops, that's too grown-up for me") and what isn't.

I don't think that requiring warnings, etc. would inhibit the creativity of any person with any amount of consideration for the sensibilities of their fellow human beings. If it's a deterrent, it makes me wonder if they were going for shock-value from the get-go. What people do in their own corner of the universe, behind LJ-cuts or closed doors, is none of my business, but once they pull it out into the open, where everyone from my mom's pen friend's ten year old grandson to one of my ninety-year-old customers at work to the nuns who go to Mass at St. Joe's in Lowell can see it, then it becomes a problem to everyone.

Date: 2010-01-12 02:30 am (UTC)
matt1993: (ha fat buffy)
From: [personal profile] matt1993
I totally agree. In fact, I'd say your answer the sanest I've seen so far!

Date: 2010-01-12 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] matrixrefugee.livejournal.com
:: Bows:: Thank you! That made my whole night. It's something that's been niggling in the back of my head for some time now, and I'm glad this came up in the Writer's Block.

Date: 2010-01-12 02:49 am (UTC)
matt1993: (ha fat buffy)
From: [personal profile] matt1993
You're welcome!

I'm actually not glad this came up in the Writer's Block. Any time there's a Writer's Block question about censorship or adult content or something, there's always at least one person that thinks that porn should have no censorship or warning of any kind, even to young kids. Those people have serious problems.

And thanks for replying, because otherwise I wouldn't have seen my comment again and noticed my typo ("your answer the sanest" instead of "your answer is the sanest"). :P

Date: 2010-01-12 04:39 pm (UTC)
ext_221084: Beautiful landscapes and delightful poetry (Kushiel Series:Phedre | God Touched)
From: [identity profile] tomboy-typist.livejournal.com
I agree completely. The interwebs need to remain a safe place for kids - and warning doesn't take anything away. Cuts are the win. I use them probably a bit too much. >.>

Date: 2010-01-12 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] matrixrefugee.livejournal.com
I like your use of LJ cuts: clicking on them is like opening the envelope on a letter from a good friend.

Date: 2010-01-12 10:25 pm (UTC)
ext_221084: Beautiful landscapes and delightful poetry (Caliban Leandros Series | Emo Cal Is Emo)
From: [identity profile] tomboy-typist.livejournal.com
*blushlots* aaaw thank you. I never thought of it that way - it makes me feel better about them. I just feel so sheepish about monopolizing my friend's flists with my long rambles - I have to hide them. ^^

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