Boys' Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre

Boys Love Manga Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross Cultural Fandom of the Genre Boys love a male male homoerotic genre written primarily by women for women enjoys global popularity and is one of the most rapidly growing publishing niches in the United States It is found in mang

  • Title: Boys' Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre
  • Author: Antonia Levi Mark McHarry Dru Pagliassotti
  • ISBN: 9780786441952
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Paperback
  • Boys love, a male male homoerotic genre written primarily by women for women, enjoys global popularity and is one of the most rapidly growing publishing niches in the United States It is found in manga, anime, novels, movies, electronic games, and fan created fiction, artwork, and video This collection of 14 essays addresses boys love as it has been received and modi Boys love, a male male homoerotic genre written primarily by women for women, enjoys global popularity and is one of the most rapidly growing publishing niches in the United States It is found in manga, anime, novels, movies, electronic games, and fan created fiction, artwork, and video This collection of 14 essays addresses boys love as it has been received and modified by fans outside Japan as a commodity, controversy, and culture.

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    1. A collection of essays explore the economics, history, and psychology behind yaoi, or boy's love manga. Originating from Japan, and hugely popular there, this sub-genre of manga is gaining huge followings in other countries. Yaoi features male-to-male romantic and erotic love. Written by women for women, boy-love manga breaks gender boundaries as relationships between men are explored. Fantasy relationships as the males are all beautiful, young, androgynous and don't have the pressures of real l [...]

    2. NB: This book can probably be pretty triggering because coerced sexual contact is a staple of YaoiShort Form Review: Sections 1 & 2 are really good often integrating the opinions of fans into their analysis, what drags the volume quite a bit is section 3 where there is an over-reliance of psychoanalytic theories to explain why consumers enjoy boys' love manga even if these reasons contradict the reasons given by actual respondents in section 2. Section 3 also drags a little bit, not ALL the [...]

    3. I read stuff and then I read stuff about the stuff I read. I read yaoi and like reading about yaoi even if it means I make contextless rebuttals to idiotic assertions on my Twitter feed.By far the best essay in this collection is Tan Bee Kee's "Rewriting Gender and Sexuality in English-Language Yaoi Fanfiction". It was the only one where I felt like the author bothered to speak to producers of yaoi fanfic about their motivations and didn't automatically assume women write yaoi to either: a) acqu [...]

    4. I picked this up thinking, perhaps this will be illuminating as to queer readings of straight texts, and perhaps it will shine light on why straight people are so obsessed with gay sex (seriously: it's not mutual, what's your deal?), and perhaps it will be hilariously funny. I got a bunch of different perspectives on gender, sexuality, fan spaces, and the ways homophobia interacts with sexism and how people create space to breathe outside the dominant cultural paradigm.

    5. An interesting mix of essays looking at the cultural significance of yaoi around the world and its implications for gender and sexual identity.

    6. I'll be reading this one over my coming trip to Toronto. Looking forward to it! (Well, the trip AND the book. xD)

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