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Untasteful nudes / cheap porn / vagina shots..... Should these kind of images be banned? 

28%
131 deviants said 100% Yes. It ruins it for the other dedicated artists who make proper nude artworks. DA is not a porn factory!
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126 deviants said Yes, but more for the fact that it should be regulated instead of being completely banned.
26%
120 deviants said No. Each person's perception of art is different.
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89 deviants said It's hard to regulate, and there's almost no point.

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vf17dnightmare Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have been on DA for 8 years and like everyone have seen it all. What I don't understand is why they don't have someone at least approve artwork before being posted. I come to DA to look at non explicit artwork, not porn or hentai, that is why there are other websites that cater to those types of art forms. What is funny is that one website that I submit my explicit art does a better job approving artwork(some may say its pornography). Anyways, my point is that there are other websites for explicit artwork or pornography so I don't think DA should be supplying it.
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il-palazzo3 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Oh, shush. No individual has the right to declare what others should have a right to produce or view. Enjoying something for erotic reasons is no different than any other form of appreciation. Besides this, The most genuine art of all tends to shock.
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Vera-Chimera Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Explain to me how a bland shot of an asshole is 'art'....
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il-palazzo3 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
That depends on context, it obviously isn't art by default, but nor is anything else.

Only a tiny percentage of what's on this site would be called art in the 'true' academic sense, most of it displays other skills or simply, enjoyment (I suspect most of your watchers are here to see an attractive person modelling, and there's nothing wrong with that, either). Personally I have been on Deviantart for about a decade on one account or another, and have seen in that time almost nothing that is 'art' in the sense that I understand the term.

I don't like 'porn' images either, but it's not the right of individuals to restrict what others can enjoy, share or consider art. Deviantart doesn't owe you nor anyone else anything, and you have no right in saying that perfectly legal images that are not being imposed on you should be banned. There's no other site like Deviantart, so many people and communities would suffer and be split up if it were to change. There are, on the other hand, plenty of other websites you can use if it doesn't suit you.
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V1nnyG Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I suppose that banning it all together would be a monumental task to undertake. There is a certain art in the form of erotica. A provocative shot can bring about emotions and feelings, who's best to judge what is art in that sense? At what point to we draw the line? Is art sometimes meant to invoke feelings on many levels? Perhaps the point was point out the tasteless, or make commentary upon works of that kind? I'd say that for my part, if I don't find it tasteful, I don't tend to look at it.
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johnnyjester Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Truly distasteful stuff is NEVER popular. If something is getting a gazillion hits it's because people LIKE it and therefore it's unfair to consider it distasteful. I think it's really easy to be offended by nudity for a multitude of reasons. The key is to not take it personally. Why do people pay so much attention to "art" that they don't like? Just stop looking at it or talking about it. In short....the tiny price we pay for the ENORMOUS freedom we have on this site is that we view a lot of art that we simply don't like. It's so worth it, though, because there are so many awesome artists here! Do you want your favorite artist feeling squelched, stymied, or repressed? Do you want someone looking at your stuff and banning it because THEY think it's juvenile? I'd rather let the masses decide or remain "unpopular" and just enjoy what I do.
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RogueAngelAlan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hate those dick heads who take snap shots of there junk and have the nerve to call it art. It ruins it for every body. Its the same with the people who have pictures of legs being spread part of being tasteful nude is that you can not see inside them. I am so discussed with the people who fuel these people too. Like the groups who support this kind of behave-ya. Like for example "male erotica or homo pride" you call them out on it and they take it as a "hate crime". But clearly they have broken the rules. I really don't like the some of those implied pictures I saw the other one day of a guy with the girl kneeling in front of him all you can see was the back of the girls head in front of his crutch. DA said this was ok. I mean you couldn't actually see his dick but the Idea of that stuff is OK by them? Who knows if the guy had his penis in her mouth or not? What kind of sicko would think oral sex is ok? let alone art?
The digital camera has made it too easy to take snaps of their junk.
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Armageist Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Although I think it should be regulated; whatever that entails, dA isn't really meant to be a cos-play site either, yet over the past two years, it has blown up.
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RogueAngelAlan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cosplay can come under crafts and fashion which is kind of art i guess.
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nutshell Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would rather see less Facebook type pictures before I would ban those items!
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sundrop13 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Me to but I still fell this should be delt with
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Vaalbara12 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Well dA isn't a porn site, so when these people put weenie pictures up her claiming its art I first wonder why my mature content filter isn't on, and then shake my head. I mean, maybe half nude is acceptable, like if its some kind of cosplay thing or a dress someone made, but straight up sexual pictures are stupid.
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ArshnessDreaming Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Define "tasteful".
Define "porn" for that matter.
I can look at fully clothed images of some characters and ... well if I could fap to that, it's porn to me, right?
You can't define these things fairly which is why I think mostly "mature tag" is fair enough.
I don't even believe nudity should be behind a mature tag.
We all have our own sense and sensibilities.
I'm anti-censorship and anti-big brother all the way. :/
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FullMetalGuitar412 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You can have a medal, gold star, etc from me. definitions of words is super important. and I, too absolutely HATE censorship. If you don't like it, don't look at it. Same thing with music. I hate listening to the radio and hearing words bleeped out. Don't like it? Buy the song and censor it yourself or simply don't listen to it. everyone finds something someone else says or does offensive. you will never be able to NOT offend someone. If we start censoring, those being censored will be offended. If they aren't censored, someone who is too stuck up and closed-minded (or too lazy to simply ignore what they don't like) will get offended. people should stop complaining. I'm aware this is an art site, and I definitely can tell the difference between artists who really take the time to set up and do a wonderful nude shoot, and those that just take shots of themselves in a "porn-like" way. but again... just because one makes "tasteful, artistic" nudes.. who said some one else doesn't find that perfect for enjoying a night "with themselves?"
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Shizuma-H Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it would be hard to regulate sadly, though I would really like to at least see things more regulated into proper categories and people being banned for repeated offences, like this guy who keeps taking pictures of himself in lingerie with his just hanging out and putting in the cosplay category and even submitting them to cosplay groups, I've reported them for being mis-categorized countless times but the guy keeps posting them.
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MaxwellCynn Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Writer
I admit there are quite a few "Untasteful nudes / cheap porn / vagina shots" on dA and most have absolutely no merit as art, but I think the community itself can regulate simply by supporting the good and ignoring the bad. If no one watches or favorites the distasteful it becomes irrelevant. I do feel any nudes not tagged "mature content" should be banned without question. If you don't want to see mature content, simply filter it.
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johnnyjester Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes! Stop viewing it over and over and sending links to people. ;) Kids on here don't realize they are supporting it by giving it attention. Silly rabbits!
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YuffaStrifentine Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
I think this is a really question to raise. I feel like even when I started here (some 5 or 6 years ago) the images were a lot more tasteful and the atmosphere was a lot more constructive. I don't think we've gotten mean around here or any less artistic, but somewhere along the line it turned into a bit of a pageview rat race. But what do we do? DA can't regulate every image and if it were up to reporting, some people would report anything that is even vaguely inappropriate. And then there's the point that people are into weird things. I mean as strange as it is to think about, I could go to photoshop, make a nice picture of a frog, and someone might get off on that. It's just the nature of what we do here I guess.

If we could improve anything at least it would be nice if people who are intentionally posting erotic art could have a section that none of us had to wade through to view normal content or a filter or something. I mean, I can't judge a person's right to be here, but at least it's an attempt at compromise for all of us who aren't really looking for things that could be considered porn.
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HelloAxi Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
As always I support and acknowledge that every has a different perspective on things.
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Ledgicm8 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
100% yes.

Honestly, it's that sort of thing that keeps me away from this site. I wouldn't consider it artistic, it's just painfully obscene. Why bother with it?

There is a difference between an artistic piece of nude photography and a shot of you on a sofa with your legs open.

I've tried to complain about this sort of thing before, sadly it goes without response, so I assume it's unnoticed.
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vf17dnightmare Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I understand what you mean aboutDA ignoring complaints about that and half the time these people will reply to someone that says their so called artwork is not art with some like "this is art because GOD created the human body! And if you don't think the human body is art then you don't believe in GOD!" or some other psycho babel.
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
so.. where can I find these Untasteful nudes / cheap porn / vagina shots you speak of..? I need to see them properly to determine my answer.. *cough*
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Vera-Chimera Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, Ry! Just browse through the front page for a few minutes and you'll see a ton!! :D
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Owlicopter Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I'm a hetro dude, and I don't like porn shots. Just seems like an awful cheap way to get views. Sometimes even a technically-terrible photo will get frontpage or DD based solely on it's porn factor.

Sadly though many people defend them and argue the human body is art and so on. I think artistic nude is actually a thing, but many of these photogs and models do not seem to know the difference between producing porn and producing art.
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Darth-Marlan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012   Photographer
Having been on this site as long as i have 8+ years now or so, on a few different accounts, I have to admit that over the past few years the influx of imagery that is less artful and creative and more cheap closeups of male/female genitalia and/or less arty poses and crotch grabbing shots, i do believe that some form of new regulation is required, i used to really appreciate the images and art i encountered here when viewing the front page, but these days it seems to be flooded more and more with imagery that really belongs on a site of a different nature. Oh and another thing that irks me is how totally random people who don't know anything about you think they need to make comments in regards to remarks left on other's art, had some random make statements in regards to some comments i left, that were way off the mark, but i chose not to respond to (and possibly fuel more witless remarks) on the art of a friend here, i don't believe in lowerinmg myself to the levels of people that are cluess... lol enough ranting, sheesh, anyways...
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DoctorRy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
I'm not a fan of it, but I don't really see how you can regulate it without getting into enormous arguments about the definition of art and what's acceptable to people. Ultimately I think we're just going to have to accept it and be done with it :(
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Adspems Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There shouldn't be rules on what is accepted besides adding mature tags to stuff. If DA decided none of that is okay where do they draw the line, some people wont like anything which deserves a mature tag, some people hate seeing certain fandoms or things that address certain topics. There should just be a better way to filter what you see, like hide certain tags and such.
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RajixNobody Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
whats atleast as bad are all those 3d animations of girls with h-cups in latex, annoys the hell out of me. i dont want to see either nudes nor 3d-girls here, this is a website dedicated to art, not to boobjiggling
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dachimp Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not awesome, but there is so much shit on here as bad or worse it's a losing battle and opens a can of worms that's not worth opening. I'd rather ban the peopel that reat this place like Facebook and the mirror cell phone shots, etc, but whaddya do?
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