I'm 14. All these teens going around asking adults to police their content consumption? To me, that's c r a z y. If I'm told not to do something, I do it. That's just me being a young teen. It's honestly, and I'd hate to say this, but it's so entitled. Adults owe us nothing more than the politeness of tagging work appropriately. And especially if you're underage, you shouldn't be poking your nose into kink etc.
I was the same way from 14 to 19, anon. Hang onto that independence - it’s harder and harder with how polarized everyone is getting.
You’re absolutely right that it’s entitled. It also seems pretty futile. Imagine if all of transformative fandom agreed to never create a nsfw fanwork ever again: would it make filmed porn stop existing? Would it make origific porn stop existing? Would it make published erotica stop existing? And would it make access to any of these things any harder? Would it stop teens from wondering about sex? And would it stop teens from seeking out sexual content? Insisting that everyone in your space not acknowledge sex exists won’t make it stop existing.
Let’s go further: imagine all of transformative fandom agreed to never produce or even discuss problematic content again (as defined by antis). Every single fanwork is now a fluffy coffee shop AU where the worst disaster is spilled tea, the most sexual content is a kiss, and all ships are between unrelated adults who are the same age and never have arguments; if a villain is present, they are unmitigated, pure evil, proud of it, and soundly defeated by the good guys. Would this stop problematic content from existing in published works? Would it stop existing in movies? Would it stop existing in original fiction? Would it make all of society stop romanticizing unhealthy relationships? What about violent or sexual content in the news? Would this stop bad things happening in the real world? Would this make abusers stop existing? Insisting that everyone in your space not acknowledge that shitty stuff happens won’t make it stop existing.
When we try to shield younger people from the slightest knowledge of dangerous things, they are left completely defenseless if the dangerous thing finds them. The internet exists; it’s impractical to expect to cleanse it entirely of abusive, inappropriate, or dangerous content. Kids will stumble on it or seek it out, even if all of fandom went 100% ‘pure’. And predators are usually family, friends, or relations! All the censorship in the world won’t protect a kid from a trusted person abusing that trust.
So like you said: letting dangerous content exist is fine, because it will whether we want it to or not, but it should be tagged and warned for. Let it be clear when the content is not real-world safe. If a person refuses to tag or warn, block them!
And instead of relying on unrelated people on the internet to always be kid-friendly and safe, or solely relying on a block program to protect too-young kids from seeing things they shouldn’t, adults should educate the kids they are responsible for. Only you can be responsible for what your charge takes in. Talk to them about the weird shit people like in fiction and explain that it’s not okay in real life. Talk to them about dangerous people wanting them to step on Legos on video.* Talk to them about the warning signs that someone wants to isolate you in a chat space. Give. them. awareness! and a safe space to talk about things they see that upset them! It’s not ignorance but knowledge that will protect a kid or teen from being hurt.
Unsupervised kids of all ages - but especially teens, like you said - will poke their nose into spaces where they don’t belong. To be honest, I think fandom is one of the safest possible places on the net for someone to do this. Warnings and tags are all but demanded from creators, making it unusually hard to stumble on something unwanted. the content rarely involves real people. As a community space there’s room to talk about fanworks with people who understand the lingo, which can help with developing context. And while far from perfect, there is relatively high awareness of safety, fiction/reality permeated barriers, and media analysis. I’m not saying it couldn’t be better, and web 2.0 really destroyed some barriers to entry that were used to keep nsfw content from underage folks, but it could be much, much worse.
And no matter where you are on the net, if something makes you uncomfortable you can always opt out. the back button is right there.
*for the record, it’s a kink thing. If you’re underage and anyone asks you talk about what you’d do if you were made small or if everyone else were giants or to step on something squishy or sharp on video for a ‘challenge’ or whatever, block that person. They’re being a creep.
this is a weird question, but what are your thoughts about allowing people to write fic of treasure? (since there's often other origific authors online who let people dabble in their universes etc.) no biggie if you say no - i completely understand since it's your own work - but i was wondering. anyways, good luck with everything you're writing! you're wonderful. :)
Hmmm, you know, I’m not sure what my feelings are about this. On one hand, I’m stoked that anyone would even want to write fics based on my original stuff - I’m definitely not against the idea of it! I suppose it would depend on what it was, how it was being shared, things like that. For example, I someday think I would like to write Obsidian’s dragon-y life pre-Gold and a few other things… so I don’t know if I’d want someone else to write that specifically, lol.
That, and I’m not really sure what Treasure is yet? Like… if I’m going to try and publish it or not, or if I’ll self-publish on not, etc etc. So… yeah. It depends. Can I ask what you were thinking about writing (unless you were just asking for curiosity’s sake)
I’ve been watching the news in Texas with mounting anxiety (especially considering I have family in Austin) and so I just want to say that I’ll be doing charity ficlets for disaster relief. I have some paycheck work to do today first, but if you send me requests, I’ll start them tonight. I usually do $5 per 500 words when I write for charity, but I’ll lower prices to $5 per 1000 words in the interest of drumming up quick donations. (Though of course, if you still want to donate the typical amount, that would be fantastic. People really need help.)
I’ll write Osomatsu-san, Kingdom Hearts, Muppets, origific, whatever. If you’ve seen me post about it, I’ll write for it. Haven’t written karabita in a while, but I’m down if you are. If you have a specific fandom in mind and you don’t know if I’m familiar with it, send me a message. If you have any questions, again, just send me a message. I’ll write NSFW but not non-con, underage NSFW, or guro. (I reserve the right not to write any prompt that makes me uncomfortable; it’ll probably be okay but I guess you never know.)
I’m writing in return for donations to Portlight.org, a disaster relief organization that specializes in rescue/relief for disabled and elderly victims of natural disasters. Hit me up with what you want, I’ll write it, you make the donation, I’ll post it. That simple.
I’ll be doing this in addition to my own personal donation, and I totally get that people have limited income and are often making their own private donations. Still, if you can at least spread the word, I’d appreciate it.
I continue on with my f/f ficlet writing, much to the despair of the people who followed me for something very different!! I ran outta one-word prompts tho so maybe I’ll just sign up for some word of the day thing. It’s actually pretty difficult for me to write ficlets that are origific bc I have to really resist the urge to make some sprawling plot and thorough backstories lmao. So it’s fun and kind of mindless and good practice.
I usually back my fic up on AO3, but idk about doing that with origific. Hmm. The last time I wrote origific religiously, it was still back in the days of LJ, haha. I’ll have to think about where I want to put these, bc I don’t trust tumblr with my stuff.
Do you ever sometimes think about the sheer amount of content you’ve read in your life? How many books upon books upon books worth of reading you’ve done, whether physical or digital copies, whether published works or fic or origific/etc., how that would look stacked in front of you? Would you fill a whole library after all those years of reading? Sometimes I think about that and wonder just how much I’ve really read in my life.