Censorship in the Art World

Today I am taking a little break from the world of literature adventures to talk about a personal soap box topic that I hold dear.

In today’s society, censorship is not only a norm; it is rabid. Parents especially are censoring the things their children see and interact with. Which, even if the child doesn’t know it yet, carries on into adulthood and breeds more generations of the sheltered.

Why is this a problem? Well, it isn’t always a problem with some aspects of life however art is not one of the aspects that should be sheltered. So many people now a days see free expression as a sin or a horror to so many and the portrayal of any nude art is automatically seen as slutty. However, art doesn’t agree. Art should always push the boundaries of the imagination, not force you to only see rainbows and butterflies.

If any middle ground between freedom and censors could be reached in the online forum, I do believe that it would be in the case of filters and age limits. Like DeviantART.com’s filter system. It isn’t perfect, but it keeps the gritty world out of the eyes of those not ready. As far as censoring the artists who do the gritty, the nude, and the grotesque art; That is an absolute no. I, myself, have found inspiration from some of these artists. Imagining the art world without said artists, quite frankly, is frightening. The creation of art that has an extreme understanding of anatomy is a hard skill to master and one that should be admired. Not shut out or shamed as “inappropriate.”

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