|See also:||chan, shota, Lolicon, aged up, age statement|
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Underage is a common warning on fanworks indicating that characters under 18 or under the age of consent for sex are depicted in sexual situations. Different age ranges of underage characters in sexual situations can have specialized terminology, for example shota or chan.
This is for descriptions or depictions of sexual activity by characters under the age of eighteen (this doesn't include dating activity like kissing or vague references with no actual description/depiction). This generally applies to humans; if you are writing porn about space aliens who only live for a month or thousand year-old vampires with sixteen year-old bodies, please just use your best judgment. You are always free to specify characters' ages or to use "Choose Not to Use Archive Warnings".
Underage may also be used to describe fans who are under 18 or not legally adult and Minors in Fandom. Many fan communities where sexually explicit fanworks are common have rules banning underage fans from joining. These rules usually rely on age statements or ages provided in user profiles on social networking sites.
Meta: Underage Characters
- On Underage Kink memes, dated June 7, 2011; WebCite (The reason I cannot support this kink meme is that "..even in the very midst of the language of kink positivity these memes are based on, it stops to police and shame one specific kink.)
- AO3 Content Discussion (2016), in which AO3 was accused of hosting "kiddie porn".