Wattpad Needs to Put A Lid On This Stuff--LIKE NOW.

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#123

Agreed. We just have to hope that the books are labelled correctly. Many are not, because they want more readers or don’t realize it breaches the guidelines.


#124

That’s a good approach. It’s terrible when simple things may happen to trigger a victim of abuse, hate, etc. And I agree about the new arrival thing. The same thing happened to me until I started reading a variety of books without those scenes.


#125

I strongly dislike romance, in any form or way. No matter if it’s a proper romance without abuse - still don’t like it. Begone, romance!


#126

Lol. Everyone has their preferences. I used to hate even the smallest suggestion of romance.


#127

Maybe there should be a petition type button. Enough votes that it contains bad content and it can be removed until further evaluation.


#128

Are people notified who did it and when their book is notified? Because the getting back at the reporter by reporting an innocent story would kill a new writer.


#129

I don’t support that - too much mob rule.


#130

Just to clarify, explicit sex scenes and erotica are mature, but explicit sex scenes with a character under the age of sixteen is banned. :blush:


#131

Actually you can have explicit sex scenes without the mature rating.


#132

It says “explicit depiction” and I’ve asked before in other threads and basically the answer I’ve gotten is “if it’s explicit, it must be rated Mature” but :woman_shrugging:


#133

Huh… Hm… I don’t even know what “explicit” really means in this case. Like full on descriptions of what is happening, hinting at what is happening while describing the feelings of the characters or…? :joy:

It’d be so nice if the rules were clearer on this.


#134

Agree. I think the guidelines do an okay job right now, but I’d like clearer lines drawn


#135

Like is it explicit if there’s no mention of genitalia? And if there is? Is that a mature rating even if there’s only one sex scene and it’s important to the plot?

I want answers :joy:


#136

Me too!!

I don’t write descriptive sex scenes currently, but if I ever do, I want to make sure I’m not crossing any lines


#137

I do and so far I’ve just slapped a mature rating on all of them. Just to be sure :woman_shrugging: :joy:


#138

I don’t have an official answer here, so keep that in mind :joy:

My understanding is that explicit is mentioning body parts, describing a sensation in detail, and outright stating what is happening.

If you have them kiss, maybe some touching, and then say, “And they made love.” Then that’s not explicit. I think it’s mostly when you talk about private areas getting stimulation for sexual pleasure


#139

I have one mature story and it’s only got the label bc I personally don’t want kids reading it


#140

That seems to not be a sex scene at all - but just a fade to black scene :joy:

Oh, they’ll read it. They just won’t find it in the search options - and since I think we all know the search option is super bad, I doubt a whole lot of people are actually using it.

I think about 20-30% of my readers on all of my mature rated books are in the 13-18 demographic.


#141

Oh. Well, at least they’ll know what they’re in for, and I have a content warning in the start of the book


#142

Haha yeah basically. Explicit, to me, seems to be a full sex scene. As long as private areas aren’t directly mentioned, it seems to be alright :woman_shrugging:t2: