Back in November, ten days after I posted about the warnings I'd gotten from dA, I received three notifications from the ever-vigilant censors in dA's Fortress of Nulitude that three of my drawings had been weighed in the balance of Purity and been found wanting, so the Deleters came and cast them into the Outer Darkness. I'd already had a photo-montage deleted because some Pecksniff reported it since I did not have a consent form for the person whose image I'd used. Okay, true. It was an image I'd (everybody together) "Found on the web!" Not much of an excuse, really, but if they were to go after everyone who has used photos from the web who hasn't gotten a consent form on file -- well, you know.
Let me repeat: This is their website and they make the rules, interpret them, and enforce them. They say as much in the TOS. And on the whole I'm grateful for a place to post and see so much work by others.
But with all the hysteria recently on Tumblr and elsewhere, it seems as though even the slightest suggestion of anything that can be interpreted as having a sexual nature is to be censored, banned, or cause artists to be expelled. I don't have the resources to buy and manage my own server, so I must use what's available and abide by the rules.
And let's face it -- on two of these drawings I was certainly pushing the envelope. I altered Aladdin Meets Danny Page 5 because it was a violation -- even though I've seen worse -- and Danny Blanks an Office Building was deliberately smart-ass in title and censoring. You still knew what was happening. Renzo Embraces Garth dA Version was another smart-ass censoring of non-aroused male nudity. Depends on how you look at it whether anything sexual was happening, though I thought the title indicated there was not. Oh, well-- so it goes. I considered Disputing it, but decided not to. Frankly, I don't want the staff to pay any more attention to me than necessary. Just sitting here humming, minding my own business. Yup, yup yup.
But the thing that grates me is that there seems a lot more attention paid to male subjects than otherwise. Female nudity is artistic, but male nudity is offensive, seems to be their credo. And that's what makes me crinkle my forehead and sneer.
I don't mind TOS enforcement, but it doesn't always seem very equitable.
Their site, their rules, as I said. That's fine. Don't kick up a fuss unless you have a better alternative, okay"