And I think because this thread was posted in Philosophy, we should discuss a bit the why of "mature content" being considered something worthy of censorship... is "mature content" really something that is harmful to the young?
We say "mature content" when we generally mean "content meant for mature audiences." This is by no means something that is always mature content itself, right? I remember seeing the "mature content" warning before watching an episode of The Tom Green Show. Do you consider the things Tom Green does mature? Probably not. Do you have to be mature in order to watch him? I'd say so.
I happen to think that most of the people who even bother watching Tom Green are either not eighteen years old, or are not exactly "mature."
Of course there are things that genuinely contain mature content and are intended for mature audiences, but I'd say that it's mostly in an attempt to avoid "daddy what's that?" questions. Nudity and profanity are the most censored things on television, mostly to avoid angry parents.
I'd say the consideration of the actual effect it has on the child is secondary to the concern with the parental reaction to the child's response. A child is not harmed by hearing the F word, nor does he harm himself by saying the F word, or by seeing exposed breasts, but it becomes an issue when the parents find out that it's on television.
I'd say the only things that deem a movie or television program "intended for mature audiences" are the general taboos - and that goes for Passions as well.
f that area is meant for mature content why can't people of all ages participate--just because topics may include things more sexual and potentially disturbing why shouldn't we all be able to learn and discover, no matter what age we are if they are going to be mature and dealt with maturelly?
There is some very serious, very refined and very mature poetry that is allowed in the public forums - even Teen. I'd say the majority of poetry that comes into Passions is "mature." Whether or not it should be made available to all audiences is another question.
Your question is really about censorship, right? Why shouldn't we be allowed to learn and discover? Well I agree with you, we should. But it's not the responsibility of Passions to see that we learn about and discover things that are general taboo... and I'd say the biggest reason for this is general common sense, based on respect for the parents.