Disclaiming the disclaimer

“Note: All characters depicted in the image below are over the legal age of 18.”

taking-a-look

 

Well… actually… No, they’re not. Hate to break that to you, but you had to learn sometime, young grasshopper.

The characters in the image are purely fictitious. They were never born. They’ve never had birthdays. Not a one. They only exist in the mind of their creator.

So I ask you, how silly is it to make a claim that they are actually over a certain age?

Yet that’s exactly what needs to be specifically claimed in order for images like that to be posted or displayed on most forums and web sites, even the most “adult” oriented ones.

I write erotica. Very “naughty” erotica. So naughty that if the characters were actually real and were caught engaging in some of the activities I write about they could very well be spending considerable time behind bars.In order for my stories to be accepted by most distributors my publisher has to put a notice on the title page stating that all characters in the story are over the legal age of 18. But it’s a lie. They’re not. Not because they are or are not written that way, but because the characters do not in fact actually exist. They are an “idea” expressed in words. Just as the drawing above is an “idea” expressed through lines and colors put together to form an image. To tack on a disclaimer stating that all the characters are over the age of 18 as if those characters were in fact actually real is downright ludicrous.

Many people -probably most- believe that writing a story or drawing a picture of very young people engaging in sexual acts is illegal. It’s actually not. I could write scene after scene about having sex with a two year old and I would still be within legal limits. Actually doing so would be another matter completely of course, but I could write about it as much as I please. I wouldn’t do that, of course. Not because it’s illegal, or even necessarily because it’s immoral in some way, but because the concept doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest. I wouldn’t write about a woman being raped either, regardless of age, for the same reason. I prefer all my characters to be happily fucking each other. No matter what their ages.

Actual photographs or videos depicting very young people engaged in sex is another matter. That’s actual proof that someone was in fact harmed in the creation of them. But drawings? Stories? If these actually were illegal there would most likely be quite a number of art gallery and museum curators locked up right now. Some works by Shakespeare would be illegal to own. As far as that goes, the Bible itself would end up being criminalized. Yet none of these things have “disclaimers” being tacked onto them. To do so would be absolutely silly.

And so is putting “disclaimers” on my stories.

The powers that be certainly like to perpetuate the myth that writing about very young people having sex is illegal. I guess they figure it would curtail other folks writing about it or reading about it. The sad fact is it seems to be working. And who are these “powers that be”? Outfits like PayPal and credit card processors mostly. Can you imagine that? Bankers actually taking a moral high ground. Actually, they’re not even doing that. They’re securing their profits by trying to protect their “image”. They seem to have a fear of even looking like they’re even remotely supporting such notions. That’s their absolute right, I suppose. But in doing so they’re sorely stifling freedom of expression.

So, when you see the “disclaimer” at the beginning of my stories, I hope you’ll just give it the short little laugh it deserves for being so ridiculous and go on to enjoy my naughty little tale. But once… just once!... I would love to be able to put on a disclaimer such as this one:

“Note: NONE of the characters in the following story are over the legal age of 18! They actually have no ages. They were never actually born. They’ve never had birthdays. They are purely figments of the author’s imagination. They don’t really exist. Get the fuck over it.”

fucking-kidding-me

Advertisements

2 responses

  1. Thanks for writing this. Never quite thought of the disclaimer in this way, but, yeah, it’s fucking ridiculous. I keep walking around, hands to head, mumbling, “But it’s fiction. It’s fiction…” About underage stuff–my earliest sexual experiences were around age 5. By the time I was 10 or 11, I had an active sex life (not penetrative, but lots and lots of masturbating, and playing with people of my own sex, not that I think of it as homosexual). It was intense, there was guilt, it was incredibly exciting and fun. And I feel extremely constricted about putting it down on paper (so to speak). It’s forbidden, though maybe not technically illegal. But it’s my life. This society is so incredibly fucked up about sex. You don’t need a disclaimer to write about a mass killing or torturing someone or anything else that’s physically or morally repulsive. But sex? Tread carefully.

    Like

  2. You should be able to write about anything you like. It’s just words and you’re exercising your first amendment rights. I look forward to reading your work.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Dark Alley Ramblings

Writer of Wrongs

E B Books

Dark and Taboo Erotica

Secret Playgrounds

Taboo erotica by Forrest Young

Cate Aria

Author of Taboo Erotica

What I Write

The Adventures of an Erotica Author

Carnaltopia

Quality erotica for discerning readers...by the award-winning authors of “The Hazard Chronicles” and “The Promise Papers.”

Boruma Publishing

Indie Publishing With A Personal Touch

A Sexual Being

Where the lines of fantasy and reality blur…

Pillow Talk

Erotica Writers Talking Dirty

Secret Playgrounds

Taboo erotica by Forrest Young

Honey Bliss

A Lot's Cave Author Blog

Lily Weidner

Author of Incest Erotica

Nudge Wink Wink

discovering the worlds of secret pleasures

Shady Lady Fairy Tales

Madeleine Shade

Superotica

Erotic fiction and non-fiction by Tamsin Flowers

Author Heather Keyes

Erotic author mf, mff, ff, mmf, bdsm, etc

Rachel Woe

Filthy dirty prose.

Christina Mandara

Erotica, BDSM, Bondage and More...

Missy Jubilee's Vagina

My sex life from the Inside Out. At a speed of 80,000 words per year

Michael Dalton

Virtue, Vice, and Everything in Between

Doris Dawn - Mature Model.

Romantic Stories. Erotic Pictures. The most exquisite ingredients for an everlasting marriage.

Lianah Morgan

Erotica for everyone.

Author C. Shields

A Blog for Updates on Author C.Shield's Work

BSI

Commentary, recommendations, shipping

vonicacolt

Just a girl trying to make her way on this rock.

Familiar Attraction

Exploring Incest In Popular Culture & Mainstream Fiction Including; Film, Television & Literature.

Sensual Little Nymph

Treat me like a lady, fuck me like a whore!

K. C. Cave

erotic writer

Author, Robin Juliet

where lust and love collide

Lot's Cave Publishing

Family Exotica & Romance eBooks

The Undie Drawer

Warning: Contents May Be Hot

LeTeisha Newton

International Bestselling Author

The MSF Project

Fictional Adult Sex Stories Exploring The Mother-Son Fantasy

Self Publishing Advisor

Self publishing advice from writing to marketing and everything in-between.

Erotica Explored

Where hedonism is a way of life

Life's Forbidden Pleasures

Erotic Poetry and Short Stories

My Little Book Blog

Book reviews and all things books by Lizzy Baldwin

Sexual Intelligence

Sex--and Culture, Politics, the Media--and Sex, by Dr. Marty Klein

Kristina's Dirty Little Stories

Dirty Notions from My Sweet Little Mind

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: