What is Mature Content?

Mature content on DeviantArt refers to deviations which contain content that may not be suitable for some audiences, such as nudity, excessive violence, blood, and other mature themes. Controversial pieces related to ideologically sensitive materials may also fall under these restrictions.

Tagging Your Deviation as Mature Content

You may tag your submission as Mature Content at the time of submission or at a later date by using the edit function. By doing so your deviation will be concealed behind a special warning thumbnail for anyone who has the Hide Mature Content checkbox selected in their Settings. Mature Content flags have two types:

  • Moderate: Choosing Moderate will mark your work as Mature Content, and deviants who have their mature content filter on will be met with a warning page. They can still choose to view your work, however.
  • Strict: Anyone under 18 will not be able to view your work. Keep in mind this does not mean you are allowed to post obscene material such as pornography or other content forbidden under DeviantArt's Terms of Service.

Mature Content Types

DeviantART provides optional flags that can be applied to mature content deviations to give the viewer a better idea of what the work contains.

  • Nudity: If your work contains nudity, revealing the genitalia of a model or character or revealing a full female breast including nipples, you should assign this tag.
  • Sexual Themes: References to sex or overt sexuality, including sexually based humor. This category also covers images in which the character or model has taken a sexually provocative pose.
  • Violence/Gore: This refers to overtly realistic bloody or violent imagery, generally associated with horror and macabre, but can also apply to photojournalism or written work.
  • Strong Language: Can be applied to deviations containing profanity, vulgarity, and otherwise coarse or offensive language at the discretion of the submitter.
  • Ideologically Sensitive: If your work may be construed as offensive toward a person or a group of people due to a religious, political, social, or other belief please utilize this tag. This does not mean you are permitted to submit hate propaganda or hate art, which strongly implies and encourages violent acts against any of the above individuals or groups.

If you submit a work which should be tagged as mature content but neglect to tag it as such the DeviantArt administration reserves the right to mark the work appropriately.

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