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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.
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 or explicit content. Content must be suitable for audiences under 18.

Language May contain mild use of mild 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.
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.
Violence May contain mild violence or fantasy violence. 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). Violence depicted must not be gory or sexual in nature or heavily detailed/realistic.
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 (Non-Sexual 18+ Content)

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 educational, artistic, or for the purpose of documenting anatomy is permissible. "Full nudity" includes exposed genitalia and/or nipples or areolae on developed and/or postpubescent mammaries. It also includes prominent definition of the aforementioned body parts through clothing. No depictions of sexual arousal, acts, fluids, or toys are permitted within the Mature category.
Sexual Situations Equivalent to General. ANY SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONTENT MUST BE CATEGORIZED IN THE EXPLICIT CATEGORY.
Violence May contain intense/realistic and graphic violence. May also include imagery or situations that may be considered highly 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: For written works, explicit description of nudity must be rated Mature; graphic sexual content must be rated Explicit.

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, sexual paraphernalia (sex toys), or acts.
Violence Equivalent to Mature
Drug Use Equivalent to Mature

The following content must be rated Explicit:

  • Submissions that include feces and/or urine as part of their content.
  • Depictions of breast milk, unless present for purpose of feeding an infant.

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