Posts Tagged ‘shonen ai’

BL Roundtable: Conclusions: I didn’t make him for you!

Posted by on June 11th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Perhaps the best criticism applied to Boys’ Love Manga came courtesy of Noah Berlatsky, who wrote:

So to all these gender-theory steeped writers trying so hard to show that they’ve overturned patriarchy, heteronormativity, and even the c-word of capitalism itself, I say to you: the next time you read a BL manga or slash fiction story? If you really want to be subversive, instead of trying to figure out what that story says about yaoi readers and the yaoi community, and gender and homosexuality and what have you — could you start by figuring out whether you like it? Not whether you like yaoi in general, but whether you like that particular story.

I note this at the outset because the above critique could be applied just as easily to my own essay. Truth to tell, there isn’t a great deal of BL that I enjoy.

Opening shots by Shaenon Garrity, Noah Berlatsky and Kinukitty; Sidebar by Dirk Deppey; and conclusions by Berlatsky, Garrity and Kinukitty.

BL Roundtable Sidebar: The Mirror of Male-Love Love

Posted by on June 10th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Reflections on being both central to a genre and completely irrelevant to it, why women should be more confident in letting their freak flag fly (and a few possible reasons why they sometimes don’t), why the similarities between men and women are just as interesting as the differences, a brief history of world pederasty, what it’s like for a boy (on bottom), the inevitable coming-out melodrama — oh, and a review of the collection of academic essays, Boys’ Love Manga. Not necessarily in that order. 10,000+ words, not even remotely safe for work.

Opening shots by Shaenon Garrity, Noah Berlatsky and Kinukitty

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