I love the RedBubble community and love the creations that I display on these pages. I have not applied a safe filter to any of my images and whilst most are appreciative of my work some people on RB have been offended. Just recently I received a bubblemail from a lady who said she was surprised that I had not applied the safe filter to my photo titled ‘Natural’.
I see this photo and all of my pictures as being beautiful and not in any way being dangerous. I checked the RB conditions once again. This is what I found – When it comes to the nature of the content we aim to allow the maximum possible artistic freedom on the site. But we do have boundaries. RedBubble is an open site – children can view all of the work on the site. This influences our thinking on what content is appropriate for RedBubble. The following guidelines apply:
1. No pornography or sexually explicit material is permissible. We understand that nudity is legitimate area for artistic expression but no images that could be construed as pornographic. For more detail on what we classify as pornography go here (post is NSFW).
I do not see any of my images as being in any way pornographic or sexually explicit. Further I also do not see them in any way dangerous to children or emotionally stable adults. I did send a reply to the lady who requested that I apply safe filters asking her to explain why my images were uncomfortable for her. The reply I received was that she didn’t want to discuss her reasons and simply wanted the choice as to when and where she would view nudity.
I believe that society is becoming increasingly over protective when it comes to nudity. Further I do not see this as being a positive for anyone. With regards to people who want to control what they see I believe that they would be far better served by searching why they need to be protected. I believe that all humans are exposed to things that they would prefer to avoid at certain times. I do not believe we can control all of our experiences but we can control our reactions to what we are exposed to.
In regards to artistic images of the human body such as mine I cannot understand how they could hurt anybody based on their visual appearances. I believe that the poses and expressions are beautiful. Could it be that the sight of a nipple is offensive? If so why is a nipple creating emotional pain? Could I present the same image with the nipple covered and not offend those same people and if so why?
As it stands I believe RB have placed filters on some of my images without my consent. I am not angry at them for this as I believe they are perhaps trying to protect me as much as themselves. However I believe that this issue is one that warrants much more exploration rather than censorship and protection. I believe that the human race is dying under protection. That every time we feel even slightly uncomfortable we try to control and protect. The more we do this the weaker we are becoming in my opinion.