I just watched a documentary titled "This Film Is Not Yet Rated". It is about the Motion Picture Association of America, the people who decide if the movie is labeled G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17. I guess I was kind of blind to the whole process. I didn't think movies were negatively affected by it, and more so, I really did think it was some kind of government sanctioned entity.
Now, I don't fully agree that the MPAA is basically censorship, but it did open my eyes to this bull$#@! organization. I agree it's helpful to let parents know if they are tits and bush in a movie, or violence, or bad language. But this thing controls what you see almost. It makes people cut their movies almost arbitrarily, and if you don't get under the NC-17 rating, basically no company will release your movie. Which is kind of censorship, and at least very very un-american. There is no transparency, and what really shocked me is that there are two clergy members on the appeals board and they get a vote. wtf?
Also, the almost bull$#@! favortism they show towards big picture movies versus independents. Like Sharon Stone showing her bush in a big budget movie is okay, but maria bello showing her bush in the independent movie The Cooler.
and, pretty much any depiction of woman showing pleasure related to sex is NC-17, which I am VERY against. I want to see women getting off, who doesn't. I don't think that is evil.
and of course, any gay stuff is immediately NC-17, even if clothed, while any straight nude sex scenes are totally cool for R.
it's a bunch of bull$#@!. Un-American.
I think a rating system needs to be in place, but one with i don't know, a set of rules that may be followed, and not some arbitrary opinion of 8 super conservatives. And also, i think showing people get mutilated with violence is way worse than some thrusting, but we live in puritan america.