-Gets up on her soapbox for a moment and clears her throat-
I know there are movements around concerning censorship. My feeling on it is that the filter system already in place is sufficient if used without limiting content. I have no problem with filtering so that people can choose what they are exposed to. My problem is when the mysterious "powers-that-be" decide what can even be posted in the first place, regardless of the rating associated with it.
That is censorship.
I mean, seriously? There is a reason this site is named DeviantArt. This is supposed to be a refuge for those not walking the beaten path. We should be allowed to post our creations without censorship, or being forced to display only portions and then run outside accounts to show the whole piece.
It's art, not porn! Get over it already.
No one should be subjected to another person's views. That is oppression, and in this format, is undeniably censorship. Everyone should be free to post what they choose, and the public should, in turn, be free to choose if that is then something they want to open or not.
Choice is freedom. Anything else is censorship.
"I can describe an axe entering a human skull in great explicit detail and no one will blink twice at it. I provide a similar description, just as detailed, of a penis entering a vagina, and I get letters about it and people swearing off. To my mind this is kind of frustrating, it's madness. Ultimately, in the history of [the] world, penises entering vaginas have given a lot of people a lot of pleasure; axes entering skulls, well, not so much." -George R.R. Martin
One of the top selling authors out there right now and he agrees with the obvious bias out there. Art, be it written, drawn, or otherwise, is a freedom of expression and should be protected and respected as such. You don't see other sites, Tumblr, restricting content and the world has not ended and all of today's youth are not corrupted because of it.
Get a grip people.
"Censorship" is not the job of any site/organization/governing body. It is the individual choice granted to all people to create/view that which they desire.
-Steps back off the box-