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