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Shota is Japanese media focusing on the attraction to young or prepubescent male appearance. It's a slang term for a cultural version of a more youthful or childlike male appearance, used to describe fictional characters.

The legal status of drawn pornography depicting minors varies from country to country. Currently, countries that have made it illegal to possess (as well as create and distribute) sexual images of fictional characters who are described as or appear to be under eighteen years old include New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.

In the United States, where Y!gallery is from, pornography is generally protected as a form of personal expression, and thus governed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. District court Judge James E. Gritzner ruled in United States v. Handley that two parts of the PROTECT Act of 2003 criminalizing "a visual depiction of any kind, including a drawing, cartoon, sculpture, or painting" was unconstitutional. As such, Shota artwork is included under that amendment as protected speech and this is why it is allowed on the site.

Our ToS is very clear that we do not allow pornography that depicts real child abuse or a real child victim (see the #3 rules in the ToS). Photographs/video of real children, traced drawings of actual minors, or drawings that are so photorealistic that they could be mistaken for being based or modeled on a real child are not protected speech and are not allowed on our gallery. We stringently apply and enforce these rules

The Shota filter on the site is set to "ON" by default. If you want to see it, you have to turn that filter off and actively seek it out.

Currently, the policy is that it is the member's responsibility to make sure their shota filter is applied if they do not wish to see it, and the artist's responsibility to tag their images properly to prevent others from seeing it if they do not wish to.

If there are ever changes in the laws or the constitution, then we will accept those changes and enforce them.

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This article was created by lyiint on 2020-08-24 @ 2:00 AM and was last modified by lyiint on 2020-10-24 @ 3:23 PM.
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