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The RSVP Rating System

Ratings for Sex, Violence & Profanity

© Fred Nickols 2015

Many people are tired of and frustrated by the current movie rating system (G, PG, PG-13, R and NC-17).  They donít believe it tells them what to expect in the way of content related to sex, violence or profanity.  A 12-year old girl burned a CD using a computer at her elementary school and it had language on it that would make a sailor blush.  We are seeing (and hearing) things on TV that, while they might not make a sailor blush, are not the kinds of things many people want their children watching or hearing.  So, a new rating system is herewith proposed Ė and it applies to CDs, radio shows and TV shows as well as movies. 

 The RSVP Rating SystemTM is simple enough.  It rates three categories of content: Sex, Violence and Profanity.  The rating scale addresses amount (how much) and nature (how bad) as follows and applies to all three categories:

 

Rating

Amount

Nature

0

None

- NA -

1

Very Little

Mild

3

Some

Moderate

6

A Lot

Severe

 The ratings are presented in SVP order, preceded by the letters RSVP (which represent Rating for Sex, Violence and Profanity).  To illustrate, a movie with no sexual content, very little violence and moderate profanity would receive an RSVP rating of 013.  A CD with lyrics advocating murder and rape and incessantly using the F and mother-F words would receive an RSVP rating of 666.  A movie with no sex, violence or profanity would receive an RSVP rating of 000.

The rating scales for the nature of the content are tentatively and illustratively defined as follows: 

Rating

Sex

Violence

Profanity

0

- NA -

- NA -

- NA -

1

Amorous kissing; petting; sexual innuendos; revealing clothing

Pushing, shoving, fist-fights

Damn, hell, piss, bitch, son-of-a-bitch

3

Suggested sexual acts, bare breasts, buttocks

Shootings, stabbings, heavy bleeding

Dick, asshole, bastard, shit

6

Simulated or actual sexual acts, full nudity

Dismemberment, rape, beatings, torture

F--k, mother-f--ker, cunt, pussy, c--ksucker

 

Iím very interested in what others think about this rating system.  Please feel free to comment and make suggestions.

 

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This page last updated on June 27, 2015