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Content rating is determined on the existence and degree of five primary factors*: language, nudity, sexual situations, violence, and drug use. The following outlines the acceptable criteria for each content rating:

General Appropriate for all audiences of all ages.
Moderate Content categorized as Moderate contains themes and imagery that are more suggestive than General but still remain suitable for minors 13 years of age or older. Overt and/or blatant depictions of mature subjects may not be categorized under Moderate.
Mature Contains imagery, themes or material that is not suitable for minors. Excludes graphic depiction of sexual content or sexual acts, including depictions of sexual arousal.
Explicit Extension of the Mature rating for content containing graphic depictions of sexual content or sexual acts. This may contain dramatized sex acts or overt sexual situations. This may contain overt depictions of sexual acts or sexual arousal.

* Please note: ratings do not differentiate amongst different species or beings.

We ask that you use your best judgement when rating your content. Please consider the intended audience and context of the content you submit. When in doubt please use a higher rating. Below is a detailed guideline for content rating criteria:

General

All Audiences

Contains no mature content. Must be suitable for all audiences.

Language May contain light usage of mild expletives or profanity.
Nudity May contain only non-detailed (cartoon, “Barbie-doll”, or similar) nudity or partial nudity (revealing clothing, such as bikinis or bathing suits). Also, submissions with a compositional focus on sexualized anatomy must be rated at least Moderate.
Sexual Situations Contains no sexual situations. Must be free of any sexual conduct or themes. Displays of platonic affection are acceptable (e.g. hugs).
Violence May contain mild cartoon/stylized depictions of blood, injury, or violence (e.g. Tom and Jerry levels of violence).
Drug Use May contain mild use or implied use of alcohol or tobacco.

Moderate

Audiences Over the Age of Thirteen

Contains mild mature content. Content must be suitable for audiences age 13+.

Language May contain mild use of strong expletives or profanity.
Nudity May contain a compositional focus on sexualized anatomy (mammaries, buttocks, groin bulges, etc.) of clothed or partially clothed characters, or non-detailed nudity. May not include distinctly defined genitalia, nor distinctly defined nipples or areolae on developed and/or postpubescent mammaries, including prominent definition through clothing. For written works, explicit description of nudity must be rated at least Mature.
Sexual Situations May contain mild implications of sexual activity or themes. This includes implied sexual acts, references, behavior, or the presence of mild sexual situations or discussion. Sexualized or erotic fashion is permissible as long as it does not meet the criteria for Explicit; sexual paraphernalia (such as sex toys), however, must be rated Explicit.
Violence May contain mild violence or fantasy violence. Violence depicted must not be gory, pervasive, or sexual in nature. May contain a small amount of imagery or situations that may be disturbing to sensitive viewers (e.g., depictions of disgusting or scary content in a horror or fantasy context).
Drug Use May contain mild drug use or implied use, including excessive consumption of alcohol or tobacco. May include incidental or comedic use of drugs such as marijuana, sativa, hallucinogens or prescription drugs.

Mature

Audiences Over the Age of Eighteen

Contains mature content of a non-sexual nature. Not suitable for minors. Restricted to viewers 18 and older.

Language May contain persistent use of expletives, profanity, and coarse or vulgar language.
Nudity Full nudity where context is appropriately educational, documentary or artistic is permissible. Any depictions of sexual arousal must be rated in the Explicit category.
Sexual Situations Equivalent to Moderate. ANY SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONTENT MUST BE CATEGORIZED IN THE EXPLICIT CATEGORY.
Violence May contain intense violence. May also include imagery or situations that may be considered disturbing or repulsive to the average viewer, such as serious injury, disembowelment, dismemberment, and excessive blood.
Drug Use May contain depictions of drug abuse and displays of drug paraphernalia.

NOTE: Photography cannot contain any nudity on Weasyl.

Explicit

Audiences Over the Age of Eighteen

Contains explicit adult or sexual content. Not suitable for minors. Restricted to viewers 18 and older.

Language Equivalent to Mature
Nudity Equivalent to Mature
Sexual Situations May contain explicit or dramatized depictions of sexual arousal, fluids, situations, content, or acts.
Violence Equivalent to Mature
Drug Use Equivalent to Mature

NOTE: Any depictions of bodily waste must be rated as Explicit.

NOTE: Breast milk will be considered a sexual fluid when present for reasons other than feeding an infant.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that all decisions on appropriate content ratings are subject to moderator discretion in conjunction with these guidelines.