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Grow the F*CK up Campaign HQ
United States
Favourite style of art: "mature"
Personal Quote: Grow the Fuck Up.
We: the creative, intelligent, self-confident, and eclectic,
...are tired of the "mature content" police. We believe that part of living in the real world is going to be offensive. And, when we are offended, we are brave enough when sufficiently offended, to peacefully and courteously confront that which offends us and try to resolve it on our own; it is our responsibility as human beings to do so.

Furthermore, when it comes to art, we are perfectly capable of picking and choosing what we will look at, and do not need a third party to "help" by enforcing a ridiculous system of scoring images as "mature" or "ideologically sensitive" or "violent."  We think such rules are ultimately pointless and intellectually demean everyone who follows, enforces, or has them enforced upon them. In short, if we don't like your art, we'll ignore it. If we really don't like it, we'll send you a private note or make a public comment clearly stating why. In other words, we don't need some little button to click that allows us to anonymously go crying "waaah waaaah waaaah so-and-so's art hurt my eyes."

Being willing to make our own choices
about what we look at is what we would call the definition of maturity - and we have seen that maturity is not a matter of calendar age. We have seen 10-year-olds with a better sense of what is good and bad art than many art critics. We do not need you to look at a calendar and tell us what we can and cannot look at. In fact, we really don't care what you think at all. We make our own decisions.

Be it therefore resolved
that the mature content system is stupid and broken, we have decided to show our non-support of it by flagging all of our artworks as "mature" "violent" "ideologically sensitive" "bloody" etc. In that manner, our art will only be available to those of you who are as comfortable as we are with making your own choices. We will mark our vacation photos, family barbecue pictures, photos of flowers, puppies, and bumblebees - whatever - as "mature" "violent" "bloody" and obscene.

We Challenge
those of you who support "mature content" filters to put your money where your mouse-clicks are, and hit the 'report deviation' button and complain that our photos of flowers and kittens that we have labelled as "ideologically sensitive" or "bloody" are not bloody. If you have ever dared to complain about a pixel too much skin showing in an image, you should be equally courageous to complain that a photo of a kitten that is marked as "bloody" should have its mature tag removed. We challenge you to show that you are intellectually honest, and not simply cowards who don't belong on the internet because the sight of a blob of red pixels makes you run screaming from your computer.

Envoi -
The Internet is an infinitely large space and the real world is even larger. There are things everywhere that can be considered offensive. Indeed, we consider those of you who are excessively worried about offense to be offensive in your own right. We would greatly prefer if you and your kids went to Disneyland or vacuum bagged yourselves someplace safe so that we don't have to hear your whining - but we're not going to make you wear a "whiner" tag or tell you to shut up just because you annoy us. We are better than you.
  • Reading: the collected works of Thomas Paine
  • Drinking: jack daniels


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Michealb Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017   Traditional Artist
Was the maturity filter there from the inception of the site or was it added in response to people complaining there was none? 
xaml Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016
The problem is that while the human body is natural, so is a need for privacy. Especially in terms of intimacy. It is a form of respect towards oneself and towards others. Appearance also is mostly coincidental, which makes the act of intentionally reducing oneself to sexuality one of pretentious grandstanding. As much as some may try to convince themselves, there is no way to deny that exhibitionism hints at unsightly imbalances.
GuileGrimm Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016
Freedom of association, my friend.  You're free to take your art to whomever you like, place whatever restrictions you wish upon it, and content companies like DeviantArt are free to build whatever restrictions they wish into the platform they developed.  If you want a content platform tailored specifically to your wishes, "Grow the F*CK" up and build one yourself.  In the same way that other people don't have a right to your hard work, you don't have a right to theirs.  DeviantArt is under no obligation to do anything for anybody, and you use their platform under their terms, and at their pleasure.  If you don't like it, nobody is forcing you to stay.
DaliDagger Featured By Owner Edited Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I support the choice being mine. I agree. But this whole "grow the fuck up" campaign/manifesto is the exact opposite of being a grown up. It's all kind of high school to me. I love this site but I think there are far too many bullshit rules by the artist themselves. I've read these ridiculous statements that you'll be forever banned from using someone's stock unless you credit it perfectly and if you screw up once, there'll be no exceptions. Seriously? I'm new here and if I make an innocent error I'm banned? That's immature and narcissistic. I'm tired of artists having a god complex. The beauty of art is that it's free and should be shared. There are few artists making a healthy living out there so I suppose I don't think my stock is that valuable. It's a dime a dozen frankly.mthats great by it means there's a lot of talent but I doubt the next Michael Angelo will be discovered here. I don't need my name credited everywhere to enjoy myself. If you've got that much time to police your stock, again, maybe you're the opposite of "grow the fuck up". I've been on here for a couple weeks now and my love is waining quickly with all these rules. To be clear, I have no issue giving credit where credit is due but to crucify and ban someone is ridiculous.
PoisonPeas Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG that was beautiful [EXO] Kris ''Legit'' Crying Emoticon Bunny Emoji-73 (Tears) [V4] Bunny Emoji-73 (Tears) [V4] Bunny Emoji-73 (Tears) [V4] 
DaliDagger Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you read it with an open mind!
hadasaugh-sculpt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
I like the manifesto, but Jack Daniels is way overrated (any Canadian blend is so much better and doesn't gag the back of your throat with the aftertaste).
PuppyDoge Featured By Owner Edited Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is pointless... We have restrictions on dA because there are children on here that don't need to see mature content. I mean kids who are young and take pride in their work and just want to show people to get some feedback about how they can improve. I know, I was one of these kids. I'm not saying that there shouldn't be mature art, I'm just saying think of the dA community as a whole. Because I do quite like browsing through the tasteful nude art and stuff, but there is a time and age for it.
TheNextAvenger777 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't take this wrongly, but I think that kids have just as much right to see this stuff as adults. And anyway, nude art is ART not pornography. As a really little kid I was taught that the human body is nothing to be ashamed of and that tasteful nude photography/drawings etc. is alright to make/ look at because it's just a different form of art. If someone has a problem with "innapropriate content" on da maybe the real problem is that only art should be on here, not porn. And hey, anyway, us kids get curious and look this stuff up online eventually. But hey, that's just my opinion, dude, no offense meant. :)
CyLexxx Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it!! All this P.C. crap has ruined the country.
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