Terms

Work – any medium which would transmit a story or discussion of a story. In general a work refers to a written article, book, eBook, review, page-post, or web site. However, work may also refer to a motion picture, TV show, online video, song, etc.


Fantasy & Science-Fiction Network Ratings

G — General Audiences. Safe for all ages. A G-rated work contains nothing in theme, language, nudity, sex, violence or other matters that, in the view of a majority of FSF Net Members, would offend parents whose younger children read or see the work. The G rating is not a “certificate of approval,” nor does it signify a work made for “children.” Some snippets of language may go beyond polite conversation but they are common everyday expressions. No stronger words are present in G-rated motion pictures. Depictions of violence are minimal. No nudity, sex scenes or drug use are present in the work.

PG — Parental Guidance Suggested. Some Material May Not Be Suitable For Children. A PG-rated work should be investigated by parents before they let their younger children view it. The PG rating indicates, in the view of a majority of FSF Net Members, that parents may consider some material unsuitable for their children, and parents should make that decision. The more mature themes in some PG-rated works may call for parental guidance. There may be some profanity and some depictions of violence or brief nudity. But these elements are not deemed so intense as to require that parents be strongly cautioned beyond the suggestion of parental guidance. There is no drug use content in a PG-rated work.

PG-13 — Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13. A PG-13 rating is a warning that a majority of FSF Net Members believe the parents should determine whether their children under age 13 should view the work, as some material might not be suited for them. A PG-13 work may go beyond the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality, language, adult activities or other elements, but does not reach the restricted R category. The theme of the work by itself will not result in a rating greater than PG-13, although detailed descriptions of activities related to a mature theme may result in a restricted rating for the work. Any non-medical or recreational drug use will initially require at least a PG-13 rating. More than a brief description of nudity will require at least a PG-13 rating, but such nudity in a PG-13 rated work generally will not be sexually oriented. There may be depictions of violence in a PG-13 work, but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence. A work’s use of one or more of the harsher sexually-derived words, though only as an expletive, initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. More than ten such expletives requires an R rating, as does even one of those words used in a sexual context. The FSF Net Members nevertheless may rate such a motion picture PG-13 if, based on a vote by a two-thirds majority, the Rating Members feel that most parents would believe that a PG-13 rating is appropriate because of the context or manner in which the words are used or because the use of those words in the work is inconspicuous.

– Cut Off – Any work that crosses above the PG-13 level will not be reviewed, reported on, recommended, or produced by the FSF Net Members under their given brand name used within the FSF Net systems. The FSF Network will not knowingly promote, recommend, or share any web links to works, including web blogs, which contain materials above the PG-13 rating.

R — Restricted. Parents or Guardians Are Strongly Urged To Consider Content Of This Work Before Sharing With Children Under 17. An R-rated work, in the view of the FSF Net Members, contains some adult material. An R-rated work may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements, so that parents are counseled to take this rating very seriously. Parents are strongly urged to find out more about R-rated works in determining their suitability for their children. Generally, it is not appropriate for parents to share R-rated works with their young children.

NC-17 — No Child Under 17 Should Be Allowed To See Or Read This Work. An NC-17 rated work is one that, in the view of the FSF Net Members, most parents would consider patently too adult for their children 17 and under. NC-17 does not mean “obscene” or “pornographic” in the common or legal meaning of those words, and should not be construed as a negative judgment in any sense. The rating simply signals that the content is appropriate only for an adult audience. An NC-17 rating can be based on violence, sex, aberrational behavior, drug abuse or any other element that most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for their children.

These rating guidelines were adopted from the Motion Pictures Assocition of America ratings guidlines http://www.mpaa.org/ratings/what-each-rating-means

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