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Yaoi & Bara:Exploring Manga Identities

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Varun Khanna

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Transcript of Yaoi & Bara:Exploring Manga Identities

Yaoi & Bara: Exploring Manga Identities
Fantasy, reality and representation work interrelatedly in the identity formation of a subject
Is Yaoi the genre for gay Japan?
Boy-Love (Yaoi)
The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame
Visualizing Yaoi
1. Why would women like Yaoi?

2. Do you think Yaoi is the appropriate
representation of homosexuality in Japan?
Discussion Question
Reading and living Yaoi : male-male fantasy narratives as women’s sexual subculture in Japan

URL to cite or link to: http://hdl.handle.net/1802/6281 *Akiko Mizoguchi
Evolution

Inhibiton

Cultural Prohibition
"Romance narratives with two male protagonists serve women’s sexual fantasies even though women’s “real” position is not represented in them. What is examined includes heteronormative values that are reflected in typical yaoi texts, especially since the 1990s. At the same time, I argue that yaoi is significant because it provides the only discursive space in modern Japan that serves women’s desires, including sexual ones, in a sustainable manner. Also, hundreds of professional yaoi women have gained economic independence. Yaoi women fans are struggling to “rise” to the position of the subjects of representation, albeit through pleasure. Responding to a critical tendency to treat male characters in yaoi as either the inaccurate and strange representation of gay men or the agents for heterosexual women to simulate male-female romance, this study starts with a premise that yaoi does not represent any person’s “reality,” but rather is a battlefield where straight, lesbian, and other women’s desires and political stakes clash and representations are born."
Introducing 'Bara'
The Master of the Gay Erotic Manga
What can you infer about male homosexuality in Japan from bara? Let's talk in terms of identity creation.
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