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You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic imagery'; what do you consider this to be?

When we mention 'pornographic content' in our policies we are specifically referring to specific subjects which we will clarify below. These restrictions apply to active and stored deviantART submissions, sta.sh submissions, Premium Content files, etc.

We apologize if the descriptions below are slightly graphic.

The following contents are considered unacceptable for submission in either visual art or literature form and will be subjected to immediate removal without notice.

Masturbation
Hands should not come into contact with genitalia in a manner which is clearly a display of fondling or masturbation.

Sexual Intercourse.
Subjects should not be depicted in a clear display of sexual intercourse. This includes depictions of sexual penetration, oral to genital contact, genital to anal contact, and oral to anal contact without exception. Some depictions of same sex genital to genital contact and some depictions of oral to breast contact might qualify under this guideline as adjudicated by staff but not all will be considered an automatic violation of policy.

Vaginal, Penile or Anal Penetration
This includes depictions of any object being inserted into the vagina, penis or anus.

Sexual body fluids (actual or simulated).
There should be no depiction of semen or vaginal lubricants.

Erections.
There should be no use of imagery depicting an erect penis, however there may be exceptions granted to illustrations created for legitimate medical or educational purposes.

Vaginal or Anal Spreading
Female subjects should not be depicted with their labia spread or parted in any manner by hand or manipulated open or parted by any other artificial means or object. Neither sex should show the anus manually opened in a similar fashion.

Adult oriented (sexual) toys.
"Adult toys" consisting of dildos, strap-ons, vibrators, and similar items which are crafted to realistically represent a phallus or "receptive" vagina are not allowed. Items and devices which do not depict a male or female organ in a realistic fashion will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for acceptability in a submission.

Submissions which are judged to be in violation of these guidelines will be removed without prior warning. Users found submitting such content may have their account banned or suspended without warning.Also be aware that we prohibit providing any outside link to another website which provides access to the material described above.

FAQ #565

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