I can do zat!
I've actually done it before, shortly after I got the extended powers to let me add categories and characters. I needed a warning for mild violence. (Akin to what you'd see in, say, a cartoon. Nobody gets seriously hurt, but a fight occurs.) I added yours as "Physical Abuse," "Sexual Abuse," and "Emotional Abuse." That way, they're all separate.
I also added a few more, based on what I've seen from other writing sites and from the ESRB. Who knew my husband's collection of empty and mismatched game boxes would be so useful?
The following is a list of what I've added and how to use each one, plus some justification for why I added some of them. I'm going to add them to this
later. (By later I mean after I drink my tea...very serious business, tea...)Alcohol Abuse
- heavy use of alcohol and use of alcohol in otherwise irresponsible or inappropriate situations, such as drunk driving. (I felt it needed to be separate from drug use. ESRB notes the two separately as well.)Emotional Abuse
- verbal abuse, coersion, shaming, or manipulation of someone close to the abuser, such as a child, sibling, partner, student, etc.Fetish and Paraphilia
- abnormal sexual attraction, either to a non-living object (fetish) or to an abnormal or unusual trait or condition. (This would include things like tentacles, feet or shoes, being attracted specifically to amputees or the dead, and a lot of things I really, really don't want to think about while I'm eating lunch...)Multiple Partners
- a story involving a character with more than one sexual partner, either having more than one spouse (polygamy) or having a threesome, foursome, orgy, etc. This is NOT
for a story that simply contains more than one couple or an affair.Physical Abuse
- violent actions done to someone close to the abuser, such as a child, sibling, partner, student, etc.Self-Harm
- intentional injury to oneself, either through deliberate actions (cutting, starvation, insertion, mutilation, etc.) or through deliberately risky behaviors (drug use, promiscuous sexual behavior, dangerous thrill-seeking or attention-seeking behaviors, etc.) with the purpose of punishing oneself, releasing anxiety, etc. This is not the same as suicide, but the two warnings can be used together if both apply.Sexual Abuse
- unwanted sexual advances, often systematic, often to someone close to the abuser, such as a child, sibling, partner, student, etc. Can be used with rape warning.Strong Political Views
- extreme, unorthodox, or strongly-defended views, often forced upon others, including modern supremacist (KKK) and fascist (neo-nazi) groups. (I'm not sure how often we'll need this one, but I have a personal need for it for something I have in pre-production involving a dystopian future.)Strong Religious Views
- extreme, unorthodox, or strongly-defended views, sometimes forced upon others, including churches practicing hate speech (Westboro Baptist), religious or political terrorist organizations (Al Qaeda), cults (Manson family, Jonestown), historical religious mania (witch burnings, Spanish Inquisition), etc.
Well...that was depressing...
If there's anything else anyone wants to see a warning for (either because they intend to write about it or because they think there should be a warning for it), just continue the thread. I considered adding one for eating disorders, but I want another opinion on it first.