It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.

Please white-list or disable in your ad-blocking tool.

Thank you.


Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.


Rated PG-13 or R?

page: 1

log in


posted on Jan, 5 2011 @ 02:05 AM
Okay I know the system is different for different counties so basically PG-13 is movies for people over the age of 13 and R is for people over the age of 17.

Okay the question I have is; Do you believe Sex (Nudity, genitalia, sexual intercourse) should be rated R (as it currently is) or rated PG-13? Do you believe Violence (Murder, serious physical abuse, torture) should be rated R or rated PG-13 (as it currently is)?

I mean I think this is a ridiculous question really and why we even have to ask such a ridiculous question is beyond me. I do not understand how violence can be in a movie rated PG-13, although if the violence is bad enough it is R, but sex and nudity is ALWAYS rated R. This makes absolutely no sense to me.

Are they telling me that breasts, penis, vagina, sexual intercourse, is more harmful to a child’s psyche than beating, murder, robbery, etc…?

How ridiculous is that?! Sex is part of human nature, it is what nearly everyone besides the devoutly religious do. That is how you and I are even here is because people had to have sexual intercourse. Not everyone kills, robs, and beat people. Yet violence is more acceptable for children to view than a natural part of the human anatomy?

It just makes absolutely no sense to me.

So what is your take? Mine is obviously Sex = PG-13 and Violence = R. Although I truly don’t believe in these rating systems anyway.
edit on 1/5/2011 by Misoir because: (no reason given)

posted on Jan, 5 2011 @ 02:10 AM
reply to post by Misoir

This double-standard has existed for a long time. It's like they're terrified of something that's perfectly natural, sex, being depicted but you kill as many orcs as you want and still get a PG13, and if you kill Storm Troopers its a PG. Completely backwards and very strange. For the record I'm not against sex or violence in film in any way although certainly I think we should have a rating system of some kind so parents can stay informed and figure out what they consider appropriate but I do think there's a double-standard here.

posted on Jan, 5 2011 @ 02:20 AM
The rating system for everything from music to movies has always puzzled me. It is ridiculous how they rate somethings and how others are deemed ok.

I don't wany my kid seeing violence OR sex...period.

I remeber when I was a kid under the age of 10 or so if my mom was watching a movie and she knew there was a scene not meant for us she would tell us to go to our room or cover our eyes. Never bothered me then and I wasn't traumatized by it. Kids don't need to see either imo, yet somehow violence is ok over sex..Now if I had to choose between the two I would rather my kid see sex type scenes...and I am not saying full on porn scenes either.

posted on Jan, 5 2011 @ 02:26 AM
reply to post by mblahnikluver

Hey! My Mum used to do the same thing! And when she missed something - seeing a sex scene (even mild) with ya Mum... not comfortable.

Although my older sister used to dose me up on sugar and watch horror movies with me. That was the greatest!

posted on Jan, 5 2011 @ 02:33 AM
Life imitating art ?
imo, If people were not bombarded with sex &violence
24/7/365 they would'nt think or worry about it ie;(children)
Is it really that important for people to see and hear about it
all the time ? How much is enough ?Can anyone argue that
these things affect people and not always in a good way ?

posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 05:31 PM
Lets face it, in America, sex is more taboo than violence. Pretty much a 360 from Europe.
Probably a leftover inheritance of our Puritanical mindset.

Personally, I don't rely on the rating systems too much. I'd just recommend parents SEE any film, game, etc., they have questions on, etc. and THEN decide if their child should have access.

The problem is, kids have friends, and not all friends (or friends' parents) see likewise, so you can never really prevent it 100%. All you can really do is set the expectation for your kids to know what is right and wrong.

I have to disagree with the idea that violent movies contribute to violent kids. Video games though (as a suspended reality), are a different matter, and this is where much tougher legislation is needed (and a way for parents to SET the violence levels, etc. of a game, vs. the console. If kids can play popular violent titles, but in an edited way, it would be much more productive than blocking the product (forcing them to seek the game at a friend's house no doubt).

posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 06:08 PM
I'll share a great quote from director Paul Veerhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall, Starship Troopers, etc) he said during an interview once, regarding the differences between Europe and the U.S. regarding film ratings
I'm paraphrasing) "In America, it's perfectly fine to show a psychopath chop off a woman's naked breast with an axe and have no problem getting an R-rating, but if you show someone KISSING a woman's naked breast you'll get an NC-17...."

posted on Jan, 12 2011 @ 05:24 AM
I think they should just rid of the rating system and instead just let you know what kind of content is in the film. Violence, sexual talk, nudity, etc... This way you can just see what you may not want to expose others to. And I hate renting a movie with a lower rating (assuming it is ok) for my extended family to watch and turns out there are some scenes that cause some uncomfortable viewing situations lol.

posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 01:58 PM
reply to post by Skippy1138

That's an excellent illustration of the double-standard in the ratings game. (here, the double standard is sex vs. violence). I think you find this ONLY in American films, vs. foreign. (and due to our ratings board).

new topics

top topics


log in