Adult content isn't the same as IllegalContent. AboutUs.org strives to avoid displaying adult content to anyone who doesn't want to see it, even if it is not actually illegal. We do this by flagging any page containing adult content "Adult," and by guiding people to a warning that if they click to view the page, they will see adult content.
AboutUs defines a website as "adult" if the site:
- Contains lewd or sexually explicit images
- Contains sexually explicit language intended to titillate (that is, not medical language)
- Contains sexual advice in explicitly sexual or erotic language (that is, not medical language)
- Is a sexual fetish site (for example, a foot fetish site or bondage site)
- Displays sexual toys or products prominently
- Contains links to adult or pornographic sites (for example, porn directories)
Many websites offer adult products for sale or portray scantily-clad models in product advertising. These sites may offend some people, but they are not in fact adult and should not be flagged "adult." Some examples of these sites:
- Walmart.com and other retailers that sell contraceptives, personal massagers and other adult products that are not displayed in a pornographic manner.
- Lingerie manufacturers or retailers that display products in a sexually suggestive manner. These advertisements are considered acceptable for public view in most of the world:
European publications and websites are often more permissive than their U.S. counterparts, and sometimes display women with bared breasts. If the publication or site is intended for general audiences and the image is not pornographic, AboutUs.org does not regard it as adult content and it should not be labeled "adult."
Pharmaceutical companies and medical products companies that sell sexual enhancement products are not considered adult. Their products are normally displayed in a very low-key manner and so we do not label these sites "adult":
While we try to prevent people from unintentionally coming across adult content on AboutUs.org by placing it behind a warning, we count on our community to help us. If you see a page that fits the above criteria, please click the small "flag" button near the top of the page (pictured at right) to identify the website as adult content.