An FAQ

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MY STOCK USAGE RULES

Q: "Why do you mark everything you do as 'mature content'?"

A: Because I do not support censorship or self-censorship in any form. It is, of course, DA's right to require that some images be flagged 'mature' or not, it's their site and they can make the rules for it. In the past, I had problems where people would complain to DA admins that an image was inappropriate -- at one point someone apparently complained about an abstract fiberglass mannequin being "nude":
Mannequin - 2 by mjranum-stock
and it was at that moment that I realized that there is someone out there who will take offense at anything. That was when I decided to flag everything I do as 'mature' with all the options. Because, that way only someone who is willing to see anything, will ever see my work.  I don't want people who support censorship to see or use my stock; they don't deserve to. The 'mature' flag is there to protect my stock from the prudish, easily offended, and immature.

Q: "Why do you say please do not give me DA subscriptions??"

A: Because DA supports (and thereby encourages) censorship. If you're thinking of giving me a subscription, please donate the money to the EFF's blue ribbon campaign:
w2.eff.org/br/
supporting freedom of self-expression.

Q: "Isn't it hypocritical of you to use DA's resources and then speak out against them?"

A: No; I have a site of my own and could host my stuff there, or in a variety of other places. I feel that my making stock available is a benefit to the DA community and DA's users, not the other way around. It is contributors that add whatever value DA has; without contributors this site would be empty and pointless. In return for my contributing artwork to the community, I feel free to express my views about how that community is run and I reserve the right to leave at any time.

Q: "Isn't 'censorship' when someone prevents expression? DA does not prevent expression by requiring a 'mature' flag - artists on DA still have a wide range of expression, don't they?"

A: What DA and other sites do is called "self censorship" - forcing the artist to decide whether to become part of a regime of censorship, or to not express themself at all. The fact is that the 'mature' flag is a filter that is put in place to separate "good, clean" art from "naughty, icky, offensive, obscene, or erotic" art - the value judgement is implicit within the system. It forces an artist to flag their own self-expression as less good, or offensive, compared to another artist's. It also insults the viewer's intelligence by implying that they are not 'mature' enough to make up their own minds. In many ways, a regime of self censorship is a greater attack on artistic creativity than totalitarian control would be; it forces the artist to victimize themself.
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Yami-Leozin's avatar
Great stock thanks..I use your image here..[link]
veuliahzg's avatar
im sorry if this is wrong place....but i jused your image hear [link] im hoping its ok :-(
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All-My-Darkness's avatar
Q: "Isn't it hypocritical of you to use DA's resources and then speak out against them?"

A: No; I have a site of my own and could host my stuff there, or in a variety of other places. I feel that my making stock available is a benefit to the DA community and DA's users, not the other way around. It is contributors that add whatever value DA has; without contributors this site would be empty and pointless. In return for my contributing artwork to the community, I feel free to express my views about how that community is run and I reserve the right to leave at any time.

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You fucking star
spacelion88's avatar
VERY well said!! This is the first thing I saw when I arrived at your profile and it's one of the best things I've read on the inernet!!
angemuet's avatar
Not sure if anyone else has already reported this to you, Mr. Ranum, but having wished to learn more about it, I clicked on your link to EFF's blue ribbon campaign only to find that the link is not a working link. Would you by chance have another link to it? And for more times than you can probably count I wish to add my "well said" and "your gallery is epic" to those numbers .. thank you for the awesome contributions you make to dA.
0satankitty0's avatar
i agree with all you have said, though i find it interesting that you would pick "restricted to deviant users under 18," considering you only want the mature filter to prove that anyone can get offended. i would love to see it, and am not easily offended, but im not over 18, and therefore can not see the artwork, even if it is my prerogative. i dont know if it was a mistake, or intentional, either way, i like your point and agree with it. and... yeah, thats techhnically it.
lizzu-h's avatar
...Do you HAVE to put a warning on all your images as 18+? I have an image previewer installed on my web browser so I can see your pictures and none of them need an 18+ filter.
MisterEnigma58's avatar
The problem isn't that children need to be shielded from pictures of naked people. The problem is that children have an intensely "monkey see, monkey do" attitude - they'll imitate anything they see, however stupid it is. Including going nude in public (or, at least, trying to), and possibly some attempt at more... intimate behaviours.

Also, the link to the fiberglass man is broken. =P
Ellemnian's avatar
After seeing all the comments i got this question:
Why is pornography not art ?
Just for curiosity, i am not supposing anything.
rosecrow19's avatar
I see a linking behavior in thinking between censorship and categorizing. Not just on DA's options, but in people's behavior. I have often found people who can't look at other naked people are afraid of themselves. In fact, in any situation someone is afraid, they are afraid of themselves. If you are attacked by the wild animal, are you afraid because it is attacking you, or because you are not able to defend yourself against the attack? If you could defend yourself, you might not be so scared. People who want control are fearful people, I have come to learn, and I finally understand people are afraid not of other things, but afraid of themselves. I have also come to believe people learn fear, and the understanding of fear is obtained when people have experiences lacking happiness. Fear is understanding unhappy experiences, or experiences lacking happiness. If your unhappy to see naked people, your afraid of yourself in some way or another.

Getting back to my original idea, why is censorship so far from categorizing? Why should images belong to one category and not others? Is it to help organize, and if so, why organize art? Why must we 'choose a category' on this site? Why can't we eliminate the option and just use our own selected key words? I insist: Why do we categorize? Here is a challenging example for you: What is the difference between 'artistic nude' and pornography? Art is an expression of human experience through creativity. Porn shows the human experience of sex through just as much diversity and medium as any other 'kind' of art form.
Fred53's avatar
I used one of your pics ([link]) here : [link]
Thank you
Blubirdss's avatar
waaaaaaaaaow what a shot :threaten: man you are matured :thumbsup:
UsedRope's avatar
you are awesome.
i agree with you - you ARE offering something to the community here - in spite of DA being the ass it can be.

anyway. thank you for still doing this.

<3
Melanie-Howle-H's avatar
Liesje-lovexxx's avatar
Hii,, i want to use a stock.. do i have to ask it first or something?? It will be my first photomnipulations..
Larazoma's avatar
That was a great read :D I just found your stock while looking for some images for reference for a current project, and I think I found my favourite journal post of all Deviant art here.
Lineface's avatar
I'm not sure where to ask this question, so I'll submit it here.

I notice that the majority, about 95% I'd say, of the classical nudes are female. I prefer to draw from nudes because then I can see the full motion of the body, the way the muscles work, ect. and decide what I want to put on it. Most of the male stock I found is already costumed and most of the costumes cover large portions of the models outline, such as the Barbarian, which has wonderful poses but his entire pelvis/upper leg area is covered. If I wanted to use that pose but with pants I would have to wing drawing the meeting of groin and thigh, which is a problem area for me personally.

Why do you have so much more nude females then males? If the males aren't comfortable being nude online couldn't they wear briefs or something? I'm not trying to 'call you out' or 'pick a fight', I'm just curious and a little sad. You have such wonderful poses.
Dark-Lord-of-Sith's avatar
Used some your stock here [link]
EmmanuelMadailArt's avatar
i love this journal entry.
AliciaMarieCreations's avatar
I like your thinking, really nice - had to watch you just for that (and your stock of course).
LeggoMyWaffle's avatar
Fighting censorship with censorship. That's about as logical as saying you'll boycott a religion by being a devout follower of said religion.
mjranum-stock's avatar
Not exactly. Because I occasionally get notes from people saying that they broke around the censorship to get to my images. So, it's working. Whereas joining a religion would just be stupid. You're not very experienced at reasoning, are you?
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