Let me start by giving you the FAQs wherein it's stated what is and is not acceptable material on dA: help.deviantart.com/565/ help.deviantart.com/60/
These are clearly geared to visual arts folk, but I am reasonably sure they'd apply to the lit galleries as well. This said, I'd like to share with you a few concerns I have about the content of some of the deviations I've been finding lately.
Look, everyone who knows me is aware that I am certainly no prude, nor a wowser when it comes to erotica. But jeez, people.. some of this stuff is worse than the worst b-grade nasty crap you'd find on any erotica fiction forum (yes, I belong to a couple, and I'm not telling which, so nyah).
But this isn't an erotic fiction forum, is it? It's deviantART, with a population of under-21's larger than that of the entire State I live in.
It's not just my concerns about kiddies getting their little heads filled by porn masked as "Okay sex stuff coz it's about cartoon/game/movie characters", either. I've seen some pretty disturbing things happening in the comments on these deviations. Here's a synopsis:
Under-Age Idjit Yaoi Fan: "Onoes, Harry Potter Porn Writer, the Mature filter has stopped me reading your sex stories!"
Harry Potter Porn Writer: "Oh, don't worry about that. Now I can't expose you to my hardcore yaoi rape scenarios, I'm taking my porn somewhere else."
Under-Age Idjit Yaoi Fan: "Meep! But how will I read you, now?!"
HPPW: "Give me your e-mail (times this by 10 or so other idjits) and then join me at a porn-friendlier site"
Yeah, scary, huh? I saw two of these in a matter of half an hour of doing a search on yaoi. And here's some notes I made on various individual deviations, whilst browsing the yaoi.. er.. fan-fic and mature categories. Keep in mind, I used to write erotica for a living. Some of this stuff shocked even me:
-- incest paedophile-rape porn. This guy's gallery was an anthem to paedophilic rape.
-- incest porn
-- explicit forced oral sex on a minor
-- rape porn
-- Voldemort as paedopile rapist, thinly disguised as a 'dream sequence'.
-- haha. how many times can a person say 'c*ck' in one sentence? Oh yeah and 'let's meet up, away from here' is a scary thing for someone writing paedophile porn to say to a dA member.
-- extremely explicit violent porn
-- very explicit porn novel chapter
-- explicit porn, with this appended in capital letters (and I quote): "I had to take the Mature filter off because my people can't read my work" (Your porn-ppl are CHILDREN is why, you f'n freak).
-- complete with many throbbing things.
- explicit porn
-- pretty explicit porn
-- masturbatory porn
-- porn (in which Harry gets pregnant O_o )
-- more yawn.. er.. porn
- Explicit sex and c*m shot -- say, isn't that porn?
Now, I'm not suggesting a witch-hunt on all devs that should be, but are not, marked "Mature" and nor am I saying that fiction depicting sex scenes is a bad thing.
I'm saying that anyone with half a brain can tell that some devs are NOT literature as much as they are porn-scenes, with the entire purpose and focus being to depict various forms of sex, end of writing. Some are even clever enough to put some kind of scrawny-ass plot around thier offerings, in an attempt to make it look less so-- but still, they always END with the sex scene as the climax of the piece (PUN!) or soon thereafter, and it's clear that depicting an explicit sex scene is the entire and ONLY reason it's been posted.
So, how's about we go on a little rampage, O people who DO give a damn, and start reporting Lit that's clearly less about any kind of real literature than it is about getting a bunch of underaged persons sexually excited.
My apologies, btw, to those writers of yaoi who DO follow guidelines. I read some of your stuff, too, and no matter what my own opinion of it is, persoanlly, I do recognise that at least you are doing the right thing and keeping it porn-free.
EROTICA IS NOT PORN, I understand that, and I hope other people reading this do, too. However, explicit porn passed off as "erotica" has no place here, as the rules of submission make clear. I WILL MAKE IT MY BUSINESS TO REPORT YOU if you're too stupid to understand the FAQ.
!!!! BUT SAL --- why o why don't you just use the X-button and go on your merry way, leaving these poor little porn-writers at peace?
Because I give a crap about the safety and the mental and emotional wellbeing of children, is why.