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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.