"What is your opinion, thoughts on the #FreeTheAuthor movement?"
Now let me first say that is a dear friend of mine. She is a great author, and believes that what she is doing is the right thing. You have to admire her hard work and passion put into this effort.
That being said, I have mixed feelings about this movement.
I want to start off with the obvious:
DA rules do say:
"DeviantART strictly prohibits the submission of materials classified as pornographic or obscene. There is no exception to this prohibition.
Certain content may be deemed obscene by the administration and as such the staff reserves the right to remove such content immediately upon discovery. The administration reserves the sole right to review and classify questionable material as obscene or not obscene."
When you agree to the "Terms of Service" and "Etiquette Policy" when you join, you agree to the fact that your work may be deemed inappropriate and taken down.
This is especially true is the subject of the fanfiction is UNDERAGE
United States laws explicitly say that sexual content/acts with those under the age of 18 is prohibited. DA has reasonably deemed that rule to also apply to fictional content, including fictional characters and reader inserts.
If you post a lemon or sexual explicit piece with an underage character, DA has complete and total right to take it down. I agree when I say you should not be posting that, ESPECIALLY if you are under 18 years of age.
Now, regarding fiction with characters who are not underage: back to what I said about the DA Etiquette Policy, DA reserves the right to deem your work obscene or sexually explicit, and take it down. You agreed to that fact when you clicked the box that says: "I agree to the Terms of Service and Etiquette Policy" at the bottom of the signup page.
DA also defines what is explicit and what is not, any genitalia engaging in sexual acts is defined to be obscene, whereas simple nudity is not. Correct me if I am wrong, but I have yet to see a literary piece banned or taken down for simply expressing the idea of nudity. So that is at least level on both fields. Meaning DA allows nudity in written works as well as pictures, as long as there are no sexual acts involved. As much I dislike the idea of barely clothed models posing provocatively for the camera, it isn't prohibited and is in fact, an artistic form.
I think that's one of Emma's points is that material such as that described above is allowed while actual sexual literature is not. Which honestly boggles my mind a bit, and confuses me. Actual explicit and pornographic material is banned, which is exactly WHAT Lemons are. Pictures of models, as long as they are not engaging in sexual activity, does not fall under that description. Though I agree that some of it should be, I want to make clear that for the most part: These two things are not one and the same.
Once again, I do not support deviations that involve models in provocative and suggestive wear/positions, in fact I do not appreciate finding them on the front page often, I do not enjoy seeing that. HOWEVER they comply with guidelines of the site, whereas Lemons do not. That is my current understanding, and a position I do not argue with.
And YES, I believe that such pieces deserve a mature content warning, and any piece, literary or not, that depicts sexual situations in explicit detail, deserves a STRICT warning.
So in total, what Emma is doing, as justified as it might be, is probably misinformed. I support the fact that she is raising awareness of the suggestive/provocative content with no mature content labels, but the fact that she is trying to get Lemons accepted by DA is not an idea that I support for reasons mentioned throughout this journal.
If you feel as if I am missing anything, would like to suggest anything to add to this journal, please comment below. Thoughts and feedback is also appreciated.
Thank you for your time
Oh and also: The deviation/article/piece/movement in question
Dear deviantART: Free The Author
In a world as colorful, diverse, unique and beautiful as it is today, I’ve learned through my 10 months on this website that many people enjoy expressing themselves in many different ways when it comes to art.
Whether it be through romance, nature, darkness, light or everything else there is to express with, it becomes even more interesting when I see the people express themselves with so many different mediums.
Myself? I enjoy expressing my artistic abilities through many mediums: Digital art, poetry, but most avidly, the xReader fandoms. Avengers, Sherlock, Free!, Shingeki no Kyojin and many, many others.
99% of my stories are romantic. I love to write romance, though I usually don’t take it much further than a little something like a sweet little kiss, the beginning of a new relationship, a baby being born, or occasionally, the odd sexual innuendo. Once, I tried writing a lemon. However it didn’t work out very well, and I decided to remove it for personal reasons.