What Is 'Rule 34'?

What Does It Mean?

Question: What Is 'Rule 34'? What Does It Mean?

Answer: 'Rule 34' is the pop-culture truism that every object on the Web has either been turned into pornographic or sexual content, or can be turned into pornographic or sexual content. Shoes, soda pop, airplanes, video games, Shakespeare, housepets, household appliances and more: absolutely anything can be tied to sexual content if you search the Internet long enough.

How 'Rule 34' Is Used Online

Often the theme for demotivational posters and Facebook humor posts, 'Rule 34' is a common facetious caption for perverse and sexual photos. If you ever choose to share a picture of everyday objects behaving sexually, just caption it 'Rule 34' as you post it on Facebook or Pinterest or Instagram. That should ensure that people who see your photo know you are posting for reasons of humor.

Examples of Rule 34:

Perhaps Rule 34 is a testimony to human creativity, or perhaps it is a symptom of how sexually-motivated people are.

Or perhaps it is both; Rule 34 is a humorous expression that has an undercurrent of truth to it.

Origin of the Modern Rule 34 Expression

While the origin of Rule 34 is up for debate, many believe that it can be traced to a cartoon drawing from the website Zoom-Out in the UK, 2004. The expression became an entry in the Urban Dictionary in 2006, and then the Paheal.net website created a full Rule 34 database for adults.

Through the use of meme viral spreading, Rule 34 has become a modern expression of daily online conversation.

Related: Rule 35

'If there is no porn found at the moment, it will be made shortly'.    This is an offshoot of the Rule 34 claim that spawned in 2006 in response to people arguing that Rule 34 was incomplete.

Related: Rule 63

There is a lesser-known rule of online pornography called 'Rule 63'.  This rule claims that for every Rule 34 occurrence online, there is an equivalent occurrence with the opposite gender.  

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