Why I don't write smut. With receipts.

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Your definition of smut may be very different from mine, but the urban dictionary definition of smut is simply "written sex". When used in a sentence, Fanfiction on Wattpad comes up as an example, go figure. It's no secret that Fanfiction is popular for having smutty content, not to be creepy about, but some of my own content also contains what is defined in the dictionary as smut.

But according to Wattpad's guidelines, this content is in fact prohibited, and can (or will) be removed, along with other consequences. This is where the controversy comes in, this is where I find an issue. Wattpad doesn't necessarily have to tell you when your content is violating their terms, or what the consequences will be. I'll explain that in a minute, but below are the listed violations of allowed content on this website:

(This is copied and pasted DIRECTLY from the website.)

Mature Rating

Marking your story Mature does not mean that it can contain prohibited content. Stories that contain prohibited content will be removed regardless of their rating.

Mature stories are intended for an audience that is 17 and up. There are restrictions on discovering Mature stories on Wattpad that help ensure they reach the correct audience. A story may be rated Mature if it contains any of the following:

Explicit sex scenesSelf-harm themes or scenes (including suicide and eating disorders)Graphic depictions of violence; including but not limited to: sexual, verbal, emotional and physical abuse.

If you feel that your story fits our guidelines, but may include parts that aren't appropriate for younger readers, please rate your story Mature.

What We Remove

The following are not allowed on Wattpad. This is not a complete list, and we have the right to remove any content that we find inappropriate. Any content that could put our community at risk will be removed. Wattpad has the right to close any account or remove content without notice.

Sexual Content on Wattpad

Pornographic Content. Wattpad considers content to be pornographic when it exists solely for the purpose of sexual stimulation.

Age of Consent. The age of consent is 16+ on Wattpad. Any sexual content between characters must abide by this age of consent and not be in violation of Canadian Law.

Glorification of Sexual Violence. Wattpad classifies non-consensual sexual acts to include rape, sexual assault, kidnapping for sexual purposes, or sexual slavery. The content cannot be encouraging or promoting of non-consensual sex acts.

Sexual Roleplay or Messaging. Wattpad does not permit sexual messages or solicitation. This includes posting content which encourages sexual private messages, on or off Wattpad, or posting rules for public or private roleplay that are intended for sexual purposes.

Illegal Sex Acts. In accordance with Canadian Law, any content which encourages illegal sex acts including, but not limited to, bestiality or necrophilia, will be removed.

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Now with this information in mind, I can recall several instances where I have violated these terms. While it may seem that I have suffered no consequences directly, the truth is I have no idea. It has been brought to my attention recently that Wattpad has a three strike system that remains undisclosed to users. While you may be racking up on strikes, you simply have no idea because you aren't told, and when consequences are inforced, it is without warning in some cases. I say in some cases because this has not been the case for me, but there are others who have claimed this. One Person is Jane Conquest, who not only has made YouTube videos about her experience, but has since stopped using the website and started her own to explain her writing career. I credit my knowledge to this issue to her, and have linked one of her videos that I will be mentioning.

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